How does your garden grow?

bird feeder in treeWell mine in all honesty is let to do much as it pleases in as much as I am not a constant gardener but one who dabbles now and then. Thank goodness the forsynthia knows that! She gets a good cut mid summer and again in the autumn and we get on just fine.

My ideal garden is one that looks after itself because as much as I love to dabble there’s never enough time to look after it properly, that or I have to start dropping other commitments, like blogging for example.

We moved in 3 years ago and the garden had been left to it’s own devices, we cut back LOTS at the start, possibly too much and only now after three years is it starting to look better. Although there is still a lot to do until I have my ideal garden that’s for sure.

In fact I would go as far as to say the best gardens are those of old people who have spent a lot of time and thought on it and passed many hours out there caring for each plant, bush or tree. Next time we move I shall be looking out for the words established garden.

A couple of years ago I took part in the Bosch gardening competition and with that we were given a super lawnmower plus £100 to spend on plants from Coblands. We were very happy to pick 3 apples from our tiny apple tree last year and this year she’s blooming marvellous.

baby apple tree

My wisteria plant struggles, I think the spot I chose is too windy and if I had the guts I’d move it only I notice it’s started to sprout lots of baby shoots – what to do? Leave it and pray it gets stronger this year. Or brick up the gap in the fence?

So with a family party on my hands a couple of weeks ago and a garden one at that (BBQ was being dragged out) I made a special effort to tidy up and get the place looking nice. Off I trotted to my local garden centre to fill up on colour for my pots. here let me show you in photographs all my lovely flowers.

purple flower

pink flower

mauve flower

mauve flower

white speckled flower

pot plant

rosemary bloom


And finally I cannot let you go without updating you on this year’s veggie plot! The spuds are coming along a treat, planted from chits a month ago, I’ve already covered them in soil once and they’re fighting back through to the sunshine again.

seedlings 2013

Then  we have seedlings of broccoli, carrots and leeks. I’m staying well and truly clear of brussels this year as last year they over took my patch and nothing else grew in it!

I’m linking this post up to the lovely Mammasaurus, click on her beautiful button below and you’ll find some fabulous garden photography and many other gardening ideas who have linked up too

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  1. May 15, 2013 / 8:02 AM

    I think I too planted my wisteria in the wrong place and really thought it had died but the past couple of weeks have seen it sending out lots of lovely green leaves.

    I’ve decided to leave it where it is until autumn then I’m going to move it to a large pot (it’s still very small) and leave it in there until it’s grown bigger and stronger. I may even leave it in the pot and train into a tree :)

    I love the Bleeding Heart, it’s one of my favourite plants. We’ve had ours 3 years now and it amazes me how it looks like it’s died off every autumn, only to start growing very fast again each spring!

  2. Danielle Askins
    May 15, 2013 / 8:20 PM

    Lots of lovely bright colours :)

  3. AnnieMammasaurus
    May 16, 2013 / 8:42 AM

    Every time I see Rosemary I just think of garlic roast potatoes – not that that’s a bad thing!
    Lovely photos Mari – looks like a great place to sit outside with a glass of vino ;)

  4. Garden XL
    June 17, 2013 / 12:18 PM

    This is a lovely garden Mari, lots of variation and colour. It looks like a beautiful
    place to sit and relax. Can’t wait to hear how the vegetables get on!

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