Thursday, 6 June 2013

A walk around the garden


It's quite a while since I wandered around our garden with you, so maybe you would like to join me.....


It is such a wonderful sight after all those long winter months to see the garden full of plants again and it is lovely to sit in the sun on the patio watching the insects visiting all those flowers.


The garden is currently full of aquilegia, most of which are self sown. Last year I counted them and we had around 100 aquilegia plants!



Aquilegia


Twinkle doesn't get much of coverage on my blog unlike Daisy. She hasn't been popular this week as she has caught a baby bird, a slow worm and a mouse! She is not usually such a hunter!



More aquilegia and persicaria

Allium
We had an allotment a few years ago, but sadly had to give it up because we didn't have enough time. Although we have a vegetable patch we missed the extra space the allotment had given us, and we made this planting box near the house, originally following the principles of square foot gardening. It is amazing what can be grown in such a small space and although we haven't planted it in square blocks it provides us with lots of extra salad.


Wishing you all a good weekend, I am hoping to spend it as usual in the garden, and down by the sea.
Sarah x

45 comments:

  1. Your garden is just stunning, I love your little veg patch. I'm going to have a go at the square foot gardening next year I think, it looks much better! :) x

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  2. Now the garden looks fantastically beautiful, colorful and peaceful. I'm sure you look after this lovely space and you also have a potage garden! Well done Sarah, it will be a great sensation to cut the vegetables and take them on the table! So fresh and healthy!
    Thank you for these images and have a lovely weekend!
    Olympia

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  3. Ah, what a life, WHAT A GOOD LIFE! Dearest Sarah, we too have had such a long winter and much rain, so now our lawns and gardens are absolutely wonderful. We still have a bit of cold to contend with, but the forecast says that by tomorrow, things will change, and around here, THEY CAN DRASTICALLY transform!

    Your allium is so pretty and all the other plants, so full of sunshine and color!

    Good to see Twinkle, and give her and Daisy a squeeze! Anita

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  4. Thank you for the lovely tour. Your garden is beautiful.

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  5. This would be my dream garden! It is so lovely and so is Twinkles! I'm a bit jealous. X

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  6. You're so right to say 'all those flowers' because you're garden is really loaded with flowers! What a dreamgarden you have!
    Bye,
    Marian

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  7. Beautiful! I love your patio and the red and pink aquilegias. I only have blue ones.

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  8. I would love to wander with you,you should be proud of yourself. And, what a professional blog.

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous Sarah and thanks for sharing. We had two adorable cats who occasionally caught or brought in the odd mouse or bird which I hated, but - as John said, that's what they do, they're hunters, which is very true. I love the idea of a square foot garden, might try this.
    Patricia x

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  10. Such a pretty garden Sarah, I think everything in my garden has come out at once....my Aquilegias have only just opened..I am a bit higher up the country than you, so everything is delayed even more!!
    I love your veg box what a fab idea
    Twinkle looks such a sweetie as well, naughty puss
    Thea x

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  11. I adore your garden. I bought some Aquilegias on a whim from Morrisons a couple of months ago. They were reduced and I love a bargain. I have fallen in love with them, and plan to try and grow lots from seed for next year. I envy yours, but hopefully mine will self seed too.

    Leanne xx

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  12. Flowers they just have a wonderful way of washing away that coldness from winter, your garden is lovely and so lush. Kathy

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  13. Your garden is outrageous! It looks like a botanic garden.

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  14. Your garden is incredible! Our new house has a garden patch that would be perfect for vegies - I'm thinking of giving it a go even though I've never had much of a green thumb!

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    1. You should try it, sometimes things don't grow but there is nothing like picking your own produce.
      Sarah x

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  15. You have such a very garden, looks so pretty with all those flowers.

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  16. Love your style of planting. Twinkle looks so wistful. Have a lovely weekend, Sarah xo

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  17. ooooO! Yes! Lovely garden...
    I bet twinkle loves it, all those plants
    and things to stalk through...I remember
    my George bringing things home, always
    alive to. Just gift of affection, to say
    thankyou, for loving her! Bless! =^..^=

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  18. Oohh Sarah what a beautiful garden so nice all the colors oo I love this garden. Have a nice weekend. Greetings Petra.

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  19. Your garden is beautiful and after hearing about how your aquilegia have self seeded I am definitely going to buy some for my flowers bed. I'm all for free plants :-) Twinkle looks like a sweetie too.

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  20. The flowers look amazing Sarah- isn't it a great time of year? Love the one of twinkle- she is sniffing a flower! CT x

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  21. You have a beautiful garden and so many lovely flowers.

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  22. Your garden is so inviting, Sarah! I loved the little visit.

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  23. Oh what a beautiful garden, if I had that I'd be out in it every day too. I love the persicaria and aquilegia together. Naughty cat, yes mine's been hunting too. Came back with a sparrow chick, and then ate it all. Really like the veg box idea, I have some space to give this a go.

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  24. Your garden is so pretty ... good to hear I'm not the only one paddling in the dew soaked grass to take early morning pictures. Sarah x

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  25. I've been meaning for a while to grow some salad leaves closer to the house and am inspired by your planter. It will save a long walk down to the veggie garden to get leaves for lunch when it is pouring with rain!

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  26. Wow, what a beautiful garden, I love all your flowers, I must plant more in mine!

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  27. Sarah - your gardens are amazing and oooohh so lovely. Oh and Twinkle so sweet, I hope she gets more time. Also, I just love the new look of your blog.
    Happy weekend to you.
    Kim

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  28. A lovely stroll. We were going to do a side yard garden by the foot ...will have to be next year as the other gardens took longer to get going this year. Glad you are doing well with the boxes by the house.

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  29. I think you feel you know someone better if you visit their garden - so thanks for sharing - it's gorgeous!

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  30. Oh my gosh Sarah, your garden is beautiful!! Love all the colors of your garden. Thank you for sharing it with us. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Blessings,
    Bobbie Lynn

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  31. I loved the wander around your garden. The aquilegias are looking beautiful, I wish they would self-seed in my garden. And I agree, it is wonderful to relax in the garden in the sun after the recent winter and spring (and after last summer, too).

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  32. You're garden is so pretty. I love aquilegas too - wish we had 100! Like Daisy one of our cats brought home a blue tit minus its head this morning! I had to get the OH to put it in the bin - I was too squeamish!
    June

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  33. Love your garden and your cat. I love aquilegias too, they are all over my garden at the moment.

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  34. thank you for the stroll through your garden. I wouldn't dare take anyone on a stroll through my garden right now. But, school is out, the sun is out, and I have the time to whip it into shape. I know it won't look as full as your garden, but give me some color and some greenery and I am happy.

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    1. Your garden always looks delightful too and a lovely place to relax in.
      Sarah x

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  35. Hi Sarah,

    I left a comment before but it seemed to disappear.
    Your garden is so beautiful and enjoyed having a stroll around seeing you pretty flowers and must be great picking the salad greens for your meals. Twinkle is very cute too.
    Wishing you a happy weekend full of sunshine and enjoy your garden and walks to the seaside

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. I received both comments si |i don't what happened!
      Sarah x

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  36. What lovely garden photos. Your plants are looking full of colour. Oh my cat is on the hunt at the moment must be something in the air x

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  37. Sweet Sarah and Daisy and even Twinkle! Thank you for coming to visit me; do look up at the stars and consider what they say to you....I'm sure they're saying beautiful things to such a kind lady. Anita

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  38. You have a lovely garden. It is exactly what I picture an English garden to be like when I read about them in books. After we move my space for growing vegetables is going to be much more limited than where I live now, and I plan to use the Square Foot Gardening method. I have incorporated it into parts of my vegetable garden here in Kamloops, but haven't had to be too careful with space with my huge boxes here.

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  39. What a beautiful garden- Gorgeous flowers and lovely photos :)

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  40. I enjoyed the walk through your garden very much!
    :-)

    ♥ Franka

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  41. Thank you for the walk! Oh Twinkle, you have a lovely chest of white hair! This has me remembering all the "gifts" my childhood cat brought home from the forest behind our unfenced backyard. The things I could find at my feet as I got out of bed in the morning...

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  42. I so enjoyed taking a walk with you through your beautiful garden Sarah.. Such a pretty English garden..so lovely.
    Twinkle looks happy.. i suppose she enjoyed 'the bird'..
    My son mad large veggie boxes for my d.in law Heleen about 6 years ago.. they are fantastic for veggies.. she has everything.
    I might attempt what you have done.. If i can find the time.
    Thank you for still following me Sarah..
    I will be getting my blog valrosa59blogspot.com up to date as soon as i can.. you can still find me.. and on bloglovin.
    happy sunday
    val xx

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