Wednesday, 27 August 2014

My Dahlia showgirls...

I guess the title says it all! We started last year with a few PomPoms and now I'm addicted.  I dug up the bulbs and put them in pots in the green house over winter. They loved the early start and by the time they went in the soil they were big healthy plants.
 
                                   


I planted some new varieties but lost the names of them (apart from Fire Cracker which was one of my favourites. 

                                       
                                   

                                   

                                   
I planted them in the veg patch to make up for our crops being decimated by rabbits this year. If we're feeling grand we call it 'the Cutting Garden'! In reality its been the saviour of an otherwise disappointing year in the garden but rabbit news is for another day...


                                   

We've had an endless supply of flowers for the house and with a bit of deadheading they've had the longest season of anything in the garden. I was lucky enough to receive some gardening vouchers for my birthday and I'm already planning on blowing the lot on bulbs for a colourfest next year!

 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Honeybun Poufs (of course!)

With a name like HoneyBun Poufs I couldn't resist trying this Amy Butler pattern. I'm not an accomplished seamstress by any stretch of the imagination but what I lack in skill I make up for in determination and the ability to find a good YouTube tutorial!

I wanted a gift for my friend - well my friends cat to be honest. She's a very pampered cat as you may summise by her name 'Peanut Buttercup'. She's gorgeous! And I'm not even a cat person so that tells you something!

My initial thought was 'how hard can a cushion be?' - well when I was still cutting out pieces of batting and backing long after the third or was it fourth episode of Law and Order, I started to realise it wasn't going to be a walk I'm the park - and when my quick assembly the next day started before breakfast and ended after lunch I had my answer. Thank goodness my children can feed themselves! 

        

        

I learned a lot along the way though - topstitching is cool and makes dodgy sewing look quite smart, concealed zips are the stuff of nightmares and the fun kids have filling a cushion with polystyrene beads more than makes up for the fact you'll be finding them in the Hoover for years!

        
         

And Peanut Buttercup liked it too...(I have it on good authority she won't nap anywhere else!)

Sunday, 24 August 2014

One year (and a bit) on...

Finally, some time to myself when the stars have aligned and the broadband is working, the jobs are all done (or at least out of sight!) and the technology is all in the right place to sit down to and write. Its been over a year since my last post and I think that's the way my blogging goes - feast or famine. Sometimes I run out of things to post and sometimes I run out of time to post them but either way it feels nice to be back.

Its been a busy year, the buildings finished, the kids are growing too quickly and the garden has grown out of control. Here are a few of the highlights...

delivering Russian Giant Sunflowers to the Village Plant Fair,

 
hatching Hen Solo, our new addition to the flock,
 

my new shed...ta dah!!!
 
and making a start on landscaping the side of the house that has been a building site for the past 3 years...
 
 
this looked like this for approximately 4 days before BH realised the benefits of putting a liner down first and now needs redoing to tackle the weeds, but that's another story...
 
 
Just in case I'm tending towards a rose tinted view of our rural idyll lets be clear, there's also been a nasty brush with hogweed, a lot of rain, several bad backs and a longstanding battle with nettles that still rages on.
 
 
This autumn we're determined to finish the interior of the house, move a green house, plant a lot of bulbs and put a liner on that patio. There's also the matter of roof repairs to tackle - oh joy! Thats it for now but by the time I press post the list is sure to have grown....
 

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Pompom dahlias

We've just cut our first dahlia...


We've never grown the pompous before only admired them at flower shows. Admittedly a bouquet of them would be nice but one will do for now...



We need a bit of colour to see us through the grimness that appears to be our summertime...



At least we don't have to do any watering...

Monday, 29 April 2013

It's a family affair....

We have so many building projects on the go, it's been all hands to the drill!



The free rangers were busy building new compost bins at the weekend. I'm not sure where the fine line is between helping out and child labour but there was no stopping my girl once she got hold of the power tools!

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