Monday, 19 May 2014

A day in the garden

Well the weather was fantastic yesterday wasn't it? I was up early to give the garden a good watering in preparation so I could get on with a mass planting. My veggie garden is now planted up in full!
It doesn't look much does it! It was so hot yesterday & I had spent several hours in the garden so really I took a few lethargic snaps.

Sweetcorn, courgettes (green & yellow), patty pan squash, blue hubbard pumpkins, chard, spinach, beetroot (yellow & red), gherkins, broccoli raab & I think spring onions, oh & some tomatoes I had too many for the greenhouse so they will have to take a chance outside.

The beans were planted out a week or so back, I earthed up the potatoes & planted the flower seedlings from the greenhouse.

The greenhouse is now breathing a sigh of relief!


Can you see how the two balls of wool I had outside with me match the Aquilegia in the pot! Completely unintentional, this was how I relaxed yesterday afternoon. Mike was fishing & I had tea & crochet in the garden.
As always enjoy your day xx

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  1. You have planted in a great variety of vegetables. Love the look of the area with the table and chairs xo

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    1. I like to try and cover the things we like to eat or those best picked fresh. Fab aren't they, I bought them for the colour & they fit in really well.

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  2. I have never grown Patty pans but I always intend giving them a go, when yours are ready to harvest I will be looking for a post on what you do with them.
    And what may ask are making with the yarn that matches your Aqueliga :-)

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    1. I grew the white ones last year but left them go big as I wanted the yellow ones. They are nice small & yes I will do some posts about them. I ma making some little granny squares with a range of colours, I just happened to pull those two out of the bag, it will be a blanket - eventually.

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  3. My you got a lot done in that heat yesterday! I went into crawl mode by 11am x

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    1. I know, I struggled through for about 5 hours. I did start early though. I was shattered!

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    1. Pretty aren't they, & when crocheting in the sun you can see the colours glint in the light. They look so different!

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  5. What a perfect day, plants, tea and crochet.

    Jean x

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    1. Thank you Endah if I had tried it wouldn't have happened.

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  7. Sounds like you had a wonderful day. I've still got lots of things to plant out, you'll be able to sit back and watch it all grow now you've got it done.

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    1. I'm relieved most of it is done now, just a little more seed sowing & the greenhouse to do. It was a lovely day.

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  8. It looks, and sounds, like you had a busy but worthwhile day. Thanks, you too. Flighty xx

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    1. I did Mike thank you, I am relived it is all done now.

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  9. We are so far behind you in Ontario,I'm wondering will we ever catch up...the last two nights we have had frost warnings,so planting is delayed another week.
    Jane x

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    1. Oh dear, I know a few parts of the country had frost last week but I doubt it was as bad where you live. I hope you are able to plant soon.

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  10. You have been busy... I'm afraid I wilt when it's too hot so by late morning I've usually retreated indoors :o)

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    1. I collapsed on the garden chair after I summoned enough strength to make a cup of tea. I am relived to say that if we have another sunny weekend at least I will be able to sit in the garden instead of planting it.

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    1. Now my fingers are crossed we don't get any frost, we shouldn't but my toes are crossed too! Now I have to increase the mollusc patrol!

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  12. You're doing well, Joanne! I love to see other people's gardens. And I love to see other people crocheting in their gardens too. :)

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    1. Thank you, I do feel I've achieved something which sounds a bit daft. I'm just pleased it looks so nice. It is now one of my new favourite things - crocheting in the garden, the next time the sun is shining I shall be back out there.

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  13. Love the colour in the Aquilegia, I have a dahlia with the same colours. Your wool is great, can't wait to see your finished item.

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    1. Ohhh a dahlia in those colours sounds wonderful! They will be part of a mixed colour blanket.

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  14. Your garden is looking wonderful!

    Is your yarn from Stash? Were at the open day there a couple of weekends back? I was. Love that we share the same LYS :)

    The weather here has been really sunny today, but then in rolled the most tremendous thunderstorms, although you probably know that already, I'm guessing you're not so far away that you haven't experienced them too!

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    1. Thank you I'm so pleased with the way it is looking. No I tend to use Stylecraft for crochet & natural fibres for knitting. Isn't it a fabulous shop, I love it Mike thinks I walk through the door sniffing like a Bisto kid! I wasn't there & was so disappointed but we had so much on that day, I hope you had a great day there. Thunder was shocking last night wasn't it, sounded quite strange I thought, more like the sound a gale makes.

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  15. It's a lovely moment when everything's in the ground isn't it. I'm not very good at looking after things in little pots. I had a very fast hour at the allotment this morning and I manically planted broad beans, courgettes, squashes, cucumbers and a couple of pots of cosmos. Tea and crochet in the garden sounds blissful. A well earned break! I hope you have a good week. There's a little rain coming to water everything in I think. Watch out for those slugs though!

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    1. Fabulous feeling. As tired as I was I was certainly feeling relieved! I like the 'manically planted' I suppose I was a bit like that. It was lovely I've not crocheted in the garden before & it was blissful. Thunder & rain last night, I was out first thing this morning removing a couple of slugs & loads of snails, I always get more snails for some reason!

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  16. You really could not have matched those colours to your aquilegia better if you had tried! You know that the colours will go well together though. It sounds as though you are now fully set with enough veggies to last for a year! I hope that they all do really well. xx

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    1. I know, they were so closely matched. I might root through to see what else will match! Yes thankfully & little more seed sowing now & then should keep us in fresh food from the garden. If I can protect them from the snails the veg will be fine, however I feel it will be an uphill battle.

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  17. I love to hear what others have planted in their gardens, and you've been very busy. Our garden is too small for much veggie planting, and I prefer the colour from flowers, but I dream of rows of raised beds, all ordered and tidy... And crochet in the sunshine too, what could be better? x

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    1. Thank you, my garden is small too but when the kids grew old enough the trampoline was replaced by my veg patch! I've got veg & flowers out there & far too much fruit for the space but it is all fun! Crochet in the garden is my new favourite thing, I just need the rain to stop now!

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  18. Goodness you have been very busy Jo! Sounds like you have some wonderful veggies this year all raring to go! All looks very organised, well done!
    As usual I am behind with lots waiting to go in and the ground not yet ready! Either too hot to dig or to wet to work on the days I can spend in the garden!
    My runner beans are twining round whatever they can whilst waiting for me to dig the bean trench!
    Crochet in the sun sounds perfect, and I love your colour co-ordinated aquilegia!!!
    Gill xx

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    1. Glad it is all done now, I felt I had been putting it off! Thank you, it normally looks a but ramshackle but I am trying to be neater this year. I'm thankful of the rain last night to be honest, it will help everything bed in as it were. I tried a bean trench last year & gave up, I just planted mine in the ground. It's lovely to crochet in the sun, lovely aren't they thanks.

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  19. Your garden looks great. And by the sound of it you will have lots of produce. Love the colour of your wool. I must find time to do more crafts.
    Rosezeeta.

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    1. Thank you, I keep on looking at it through the window. I do hope so, I think the snails are looking on it as a buffet at the moment! It's hard to find the time to squeeze in some craft work, I know I struggle!

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  20. Your happy garden work is going to pay off with gorgeous tasty produce Jo, well worth the effort; and how lovely to relax after the hard work with tea and crochet on a warm summer's day! Just right! We are having lots of rain now which is what our gardens are needing right after a long dry spell, and it is rather pleasant to have sunny days in between the wet ones. Happy week to you, xo Joy

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    1. I do hope so & I am so pleased with how it looks. It was lovely to sit in the garden afterwards with some wool. I enjoy the rainy days as much as the sunny ones, it does save on a lot of watering. Have a great week.

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  21. Sounds like the perfect day and your crops all sound fantastic! By the way...I love that table and chair set! It is perfect there in your space and just screams sit down and relax in the garden! Happy week to you! Nicole xo

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    1. It was lovely & I feel like I have achieved so much as daft as it sounds. Aren't they lovely, they had cream or pale green, I might have to go back & get the cream ones for a different part of the garden. Have a great week.

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  22. The garden looks fab. I love the matching wool- brilliant! :-)

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    1. Thank you I'm pleased with how it is looking now, & I couldn't have tried harder if I tried.

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  23. Awesome post and thank you for sharing you were very busy I did affair bit of potting have a blessed afternoon Joanne

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    1. Thank you Linda, I hope you had a great afternoon & that your new plants are doing well.

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  24. Totally. Jealous. We are limited to small tubs on the back porch and everything else we grow has to be things deer and bunnies won't eat...rhubarb, potatoes, onions...

    And BTW, where do you live to get all that gorgeous sunshine??

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    1. I started off with a few small tubs, as the kids grew I removed the lawn & made a veg patch! Don't have deer or bunny rabbits close by so I'm ok on that score. Ha I think that was out 5th day of sunshine this year, you have to take full advantage when it strikes.

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  25. You have a lot of vegetables growing in your garden, do you live in a warm climate? What a cute garden you have! Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm a new follower here and I'll add your link to my side bar. I look forward to reading your posts! :)

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    1. It's quite small but I like to have a wide selection of a few things. I live in North Wales & can honestly say we seem to get more rain than sun however it has its benefit so I can't complain too much! Thank you for stopping by.

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  26. Wow! your garden is going to be incredible and delicious!
    love the yarn matching!
    love Jooles x x x

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    1. I hope so, I couldn't have matched the colours any closer, it was quite remarkable.

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  27. Hope all grows well in your veggie garden! We have managed to plant everything outside now and it is nice to have something growing in every bed- not looking forward to the weeding that's starts now though.. :)

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