Just Doing a Spot of Planning

I thought I would sit down with a nice cup of tea and my gardening notebook and do some planning. I don’t know about you but I encounter the same problem every year. I get too excited at the beginning of the season and plant up my whole garden with all the early season plants […]

‘Rainbow Mixed’ Radish

About a month ago I sowed a row of mixed Radish seed, Rainbow Mixed. Radish grow very quickly and they also run to seed quickly too so you have to keep your eye on them and harvest them just at the right time. This is usually easily done when you sow the same variety but […]

My Pastel Swirl Cake

Although I’m a bit late with Cake Friday this week I have an excuse. I found this lovely Pastel Swirl Cake tutorial and just had to make it. Inside, it’s a three-layer chocolate cake with vanilla icing. I didn’t have any purple colouring for the top layer so I mixed red and blue – that […]

Borage Nearly in Flower

The borage that I sowed way back in mid March are beginning to flower. They are tantalizingly close to popping open. But not yet! When they do I know they’ll be the brightest of blues. Maybe I’ll try to make a claret cup with them. They have been so easy to grow. And as I […]

The Perfect Vintage Greenhouse

The greenhouses at Chelsea this year are lovely. They were all stunning but what I found interesting was the different ways in which they had been decked out inside. Some were treated as hothouses with Lemons and Oranges, and lush herbs. Others as extra ‘rooms’ complete with wooden desks. If you love vintage then there‚Äôs […]

Pale Pink Roses

My mother-in-law is coming to visit so I cut some Roses from the garden for her room. I had to climb a fence to get them but they were so, so worth it. The gorgeous pale pink colour is beautiful and they smell even better than they look. I’m not really into house plants but […]

Camping in a Van

Last week we took a weeks holiday in a campervan. As a family we’ve never done that before and so it was all new. The children were very, very excited about it. I’m not sure what it was about a campervan that piqued their interest so much. Maybe, it was the fact that it was […]

Jubilee Celebrations

Nothing says ‘British’ like a beach hut on a grey day! With a cold box full of sandwiches followed by fish and chips and home time with two very tired children.

Purple Mangetout

My Mangetout is flowering. Actually, I had totally forgotten that it’s a purple variety until I saw the first flowers this morning. They really are amazing. And I love the way that you can see all the viens on the petals of the purple varieties. When the pods form they have a unique dusty aubergine […]