Monday, 14 April 2014

Glorious granny squares

It's like a production line every evening in my house. Lots and lots of granny squares. I can't believe how many I can now do in one evening in front of the tv

I've found that making the circles in batches makes it much easier to work on a whole batch in one evening. Last night it was chilly so I also worked on my granny stripe and liked the warmth of it I carried on. Only 10 stripes to go now so almost finished. Just need sew in a million ends and work on a border design. I'll post some pictures over the weekend 

colourful grannies

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Crochet granny squares

I'm back with my crochet mojo this week! Granny square blanket one (reworked) and enjoying it. I did some at blue water this week and today in my lunch break, join as you go along last night. I love that bit now that I've got the hang of it now! It's not as tricky as I made out and so long as you remember to chain' 1 before and after attaching to the next granny square you get into the rhythm quickly. I'm going to run out of squares so tonight I'm reworking and making more.
The colours are working well and I picked up another colour (fuscia) in John Lewis ( I love that shop) and a darker green on eBay (bargain heaven). I will add more photos at the weekend to show you some of the squares joined.

Monday, 7 April 2014

New shoots

What a difference a few days make. Last week the garden was still looking dreary and all of a sudden as if by magic green shoots and new life everywhere! I planted the three bays along near the fence on Saturday then it rained so great timing.
The marigold seeds sowed on April 1st germinated by the 4th on the dining room window, that was quick! The trays in the pop-up plastic greenhouse haven't emerged so I might bring them in for a week but then you have to acclimatise them later on. Still time so maybe I'll leave them until the weekend.
Jobs to do this week - Pot on tomato plants now they have 2 true leaves, buy a new pop up greenhouse, canes for runner beans, start courgette and beans. Waiting for my Thompson and Morgan seed delivery with some of these seeds! Lots to do at this time of year. I'm also planning a giveaway for this month. I've started getting the prize together, more news soon.
I'm still waiting for news of my RHS Chelsea Flower Show press pass - good things come to those that wait (hopefully!)
Let's have a walk around my small garden, pictures taken on Saturday evening 
chocolate flowers on my pittosporum
grape hyacinth (need to plant more this Sept)
heart made by my sister
new shoots on standard Bays
standard bays, my birthday present from May 2013
marigold seeds
next to the pond
a view of the veg patch and pond
new granny square blanket

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Gardening bug

Last weekend I visited a family run garden center in Canterbury The Gardeners Paradise that my parents and sister have started using since my parents moved last summer. Its very reasonable and well stocked too. I have a neglected area next to the veg parch that needed a bit of tlc. My sister suggested some hedging so we chose something evergreen and when pruned can be used for cutflower arrangements. the plant is the Eucalyptus (gum tree) it may go mad and grow rapidly but I quite hope it does to give a bit of screening and colour. I've under planted with ladies mantle (this self seeds all over my gravel garden) and Johnston's blue geranium that my mum gave me before she moved to Canterbury. I am also growing Calendula for this spot to add some colour oh and some French marigolds for the tomatoe plant companion planting.

Next to the pond Kerria is growing through the fence so I've gained a free plant!  I also bought 3 pots of bay in B&Q for £12 bargain. The aim is to restock the garden on a shoe string with bargain finds and cuttings from friends gardens. My sister gave me 8 pots of crocosmia montbretia that originally came from my 2nd house/garden over ten years ago. That's the way we like to garden in our family!

So this weekend I have a busy time digging in the new plants and probably sowing more seeds.

side of pond with Kerria growing through the fence
veg patch
3 bays from B&Q
Dad, sister and mum enjoying the sunshine
garden centre Canterbury, Kent
home made Victoria sponge (by me) for mothers day and my sisters birthday

Saturday, 22 March 2014

tomato & chili seeds (Thompson & Morgan blog)

I've written a little piece on sowing tomato & chilli seeds for Thompson & Morgan, you can find it here

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

granny blanket, sowing seeds a muddy spaniels
my new Horseshoe Lace scarf using Debbie Bliss Eco Aran
glorious granny blanket gets an airing
crab apple blossom on my walk on Monday

Moss and his mud bath on Monday
granny blanket love

Sunny Sunday Sowing Seeds (tomato and chilli)


Sunday, 9 March 2014

sunshine and sowing seeds

I'm making the most of the sunshine this morning and sewing my herb seeds, I was meant to do it last weekend. The upcycled table that Ian repaired last year comes in handy for potting seeds (but it is the dog grooming table!)

I bought the Stewart kitchen garden propagator kits from Wilkos last week, £5 each and they come complete with four olive green matching pots. Cute and pracical. I've put some pea shingle on the base, I normally use old newspapers but couldn't find any this morning. And Wilko have an offer on seeds, 3 for 2 great value and cheaper than the supermarket. If you live near The Range they offer 2 packs of De Ree seeds for 99p. I already had the seed compost un-opened from last year.


chives - decorative pink flowes and mild onion flavour leaves

basil sweet - mild aniseed flavour. Easy to grow it quickly produces succulent leaves on the windowsill

parsley Moss Curled - very versitile, easy to grow in pots on the windowsill. Once established transfer to veg patch where it will happily grow for a couple of years 

dill (Anethum graveolens) - sweet aniseed flavour is perfect for adding to sauces, salads or soups. An attractive hardy plant with feathery leaves. Grows best in a sunny spot < The Range 2 packs for 99p>

and I've taken my granny squares outside, warm sunny garden, hot cup of tea!