Sunday, 22 February 2015

Walking on the beach

After a day of cloud and rain the sun appeared as if magic, creating a pink peachy glow, before disappearing over the horizon. It just gave us enough time to walk down to the beach.

This is Eype Beach. It is so good to be able to reach this beach on foot. After a few days with rain the steep footpath we took was a bit muddy and slippy in places. For once I didn't fall over and get covered in mud!

  If the wind is in the right direction we can often hear the waves crashing on this beach from our garden!

I'm afraid someone wasn't impressed with watching the sun set - digging on the beach was much more fun! Hopefully Tavi won't start doing it in the garden too! (It's still impossible sometimes to get him to pose for pictures - here you can see just what I mean!)

Sorry I have been out of the blogging world for a few weeks, I have had the first bad cold of the winter that has taken two weeks to shake off!

I have just read an amazing story of how a wedding ring lost by a Dorset lifeboat man was found this weekend after being lost 6 years ago in Weymouth harbour. Have you ever lost anything valuable at the seaside?

Wishing you a good week!
Sarah x

Monday, 2 February 2015

Planning a garden in bloom

We have visited a few garden centres over the weekend as our plans for the areas of the garden are now starting to take shape.  I was excited to find Sarah Raven seeds for sale in local garden centres. Has anyone else seen them too? I am planning on hijacking at least one raised border for a cutting garden.

I had one previously when we had our allotment, sorry the photo is dreadful, but you do get the idea of the colours. It was wonderful to come home with bunches of flowers. It's not the same as picking flowers from mixed borders, as I always want to leave some behind.

Cutting patch in the allotment in 2008 (mobile phone pictures weren't so good then!)
Raised borders Jan 2015

The cuttings we bought with us are still looking very small at the moment. I also always enjoying buying plants from fellow gardeners, we were lucky to have discovered this plant stall and have already been back twice to buy some gems!

Our local garden centre Groves Nurseries holds the national collection of Viola odorata and parma violets.  As my Granny was called Violet they have always been special flowers for me.

The parma violets are not hardy- the smell as I entered the greenhouse took me straight back to my childhood and those parma violet sweets I used to have! Did you eat them too ? I'm not sure I would like them now as they are quite perfumed.   I have eaten viola and pansy flowers, but didn't realise you can also eat the leaves.The viola leaves are tart. Has anyone tasted them or used violets in cooking?

The parma violets have glossy leaves, double flowers and a different fragrance. 

There were so many  violets it was difficult to choose. I finally picked this one "Fred Morey" to take home with us. This violet was named after one of the seedmen that once worked for Groves nursery. I hope it will do well under the hazels in the garden.

Fred Morey Violet

It has been Tavi proof too, as you can see he doesn't understand that borders shouldn't be walked on! With his identification disk he looks like medallion man!

What is happening in your garden at the moment? 

Sarah x


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