Thursday, 29 March 2012

Salad Burnet!

I had my first salad with my herb!  It was good!  Its quite a pretty herb and of all its a perennial!  Please see link with an interesting history!

It taste like cucumber....and it is just so easy!  If anyone is interested, I have seeds I have collected from last year!


Sunday, 25 March 2012

Thames Walk....Putney to London Bridge...spring is here!

Here are a few pictures of spring!  We did a 10 mile walk...and here are a few of the "garden" highlights...enjoy!

Glorious Magnolias!

Fields of green......

Big Ben and the houses of Parliament

Thursday, 22 March 2012

I found the mystery plant! Celandine Poppy!

Last year I wondered what my strange but wonderful yellow flower was...and i found it!


It gets a little wild....but it is gorgeous!

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Work the weekend!

 I finally got caught up with some outdoor chores....but its just the beginning....than goodness there was more sun than the forecast!  
  1. planted chitted potatoes
  2. emptied old soil in strawberry pot, refilled, (enhanced with chicken manure pellets) and added strawberries I bought along a road down near the coast this for charity.
  3. planted broad beans for the first time!
  4. repotted blueberry  with ericacious compost
  5. convinced my friend to take my leftover raspberry canes now that she has found a new house and soon to close!
  6. Planted the geranium alba I bought
  7. Planted foxglove alba (tall!) along the fence
  8. planted some dill and red lettuce
  9. repotted nasturtium seedlings
  10. moved little peony to a better location in the bed (hope it blooms!)
  11. cleaned and watered pansy pots
  12. cut back and trimmed plants
  13. planted my bronze fennel in the herb garden
  14. Sowed some Early Nante carrot seeds in two pots
  15. Pulled up my last remaining sweet fennel and ate it!
  16. Pulled up some kale and cooked it with mushrooms onions and a little chicken broth...
  17. Got a package to mail of seeds in reciprocation of a trade..
  18. Enjoyed watching my clematis slowly growing for the first year of bllom, and looking at an ancient one I have nurtured up a trellis that is soon to bloom!
  19. Oh, and I planted california poppies all along the gravel next to my house and driveway :) poppy growing in gravel..
 Ok....although I have so much more to do (including cleaning the garage (yuck!)...just putting it down on paper makes me feel good!
Great article on bronze fennel
First active weekend in the garden!

Herb garden springing in to life!

Never enough daffs in the world

Neighbor-pollarded lime trees= more sun for plants!

Gotta love grape hyacinths!

My garden man....

My sambucus nigra's first season in the garden...

Love this peony that came with the garden...a bloom already on top!!

My ornamental cabbage....

Sunday, 4 March 2012

For the Birds

Ok...I'm a little behind on updating my blog.....but my seeds are coming up...and I succumbed to an old desire.  I have always wanted a bird bath!  Maybe their old-fashioned....but I have always wanted one!  I have this great circular "herb" garden which once held a this is a stump--on which my bird bath will fit!  I chose the highest bird bath, which also happens to be the deepest as my birdies would have the least interference from the carnivores lurking around my garden.....

Needless to say, I hope they use it!  If not, it will become a bird food platter....  It is a great architectural piece for the garden...and less ornate that most....I am very excited!  I will need to get advice on how to secure it, so any ideas are welcome (from top and bottom!) I will put more pics out where I have placed it once the herb garden rejuvenates itself!

Now, my next project is to finalize my "rock" garden under the cedar tree....lay it with weedproof fabric, then stones, then slowly plant little succulents and alpines in the spaces! Fun Fun!