Already Friday and nearly another month, the weeks are flying by.
There have been gorgeous sunsets of late, I spotted this urban skyline on my way home from work.
There are early spring flowers in the garden, including these vibrant golden crocuses.
Healthy dinners, some mixed grains and lentils, with mushrooms and grilled halloumi, delicious and comforting on a cold evening.
A bit of hooking in the evening; a puff stitch hexagon in lovely pink lambs’ wool ( I found the pattern here, a lovely blog with lots of fab crochet)
The view across to the hills has been great of late, with snow on the hilltops
Just some peeks at the week that’s been 😄
I like to make as much as I can for Christmas – it’s fun to do, is invariably cheaper than buying and means one ends up with a unique gift or decoration.
Instead of a tree which sits in the room, this year I wanted a wall mounted one. I’ve seen pictures of trees made from wood and thought I’d attempt to make one using branches from the garden. I cut these a couple of weeks ago, cleaned them and let them dry out and finally tied them using some sisal string into a Christmas tree. Simple decorations, just some stars,warm white lights and a fairy on top – et voila! My homemade tree!
Most of the photos I’ve taken this November have been of the wonderful clouds and sunny/sunset skies
even though the days are getting shorter and colder
the views looking up have been spectacular!
July, the month when roses bloom.
I have 2 of these ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ roses, and they flower all through June, July and even August, if I’m really lucky.
This rose is called ‘Peace’, the plant was a bargain buy from a well-known UK discount shop, and it is one of the healthiest and most productive roses I’ve grown. Beautiful.
The rose I bought for my darling cat Oliver is covered with flowers, stunning orange with delicate perfume. ‘Orange Abundance’ is its name-how apt!
‘Nostalgia’, lovely cream and pink petals.
These last 2 roses flower on and on for weeks….but I don’t know their names. Pretty and pink, anyway.
I found this rose hiding away in the front garden, behind lacy fennel fronds.
It’s called ‘Ferdinand Pichard’. Last year it didn’t flower at all, I think it was having a rest, so I’m delighted to see this rose make a comeback.
All looking lovely and rosy in the garden, right now.
Real life gets in the way sometimes. At the start of this year, I resolved to do a photo collage at the end of every month, but I never posted April or May. Too busy. So here they are, better late than never.
April, spring flowers and blossom, getting back into my shed after a winter break and Tara continues to enjoy living here and being thoroughly spoilt.
May, the garden coming to life, some interesting skylines and colourful crochet.
Hiya,it’s Tara here. I’m so excited to be speaking to you today. I love it here in my new home, 6 months here and it’s brilliant!
Here is the place outside the back door, big and green – the “garden” ! Before I came to live here, I stayed inside all the time so I’d never seen anywhere like it before – it’s brilliant!
I love being outdoors. Lovely soft green grass to lie on, flowers to smell and all kinds of places to explore. I sometimes sneak into next door’s garden too!
This is my mum’s latest addition, a greenhouse, nice plants to sniff in here and it’s good for taking shelter from showers
And, I even have my own little purple shed, brilliant!
I love running around outside, it’s great fun and I have lost loads of weight too, almost 1kg. It’s important to make the most of oneself, don’t you think, especially when one is a pretty cat lady!
I’ll be coming back here to let you know what I’m up to soon. More garden antics and slimming tips for sure, it’ll be brilliant! Bye for now x
Today it’s the turn of some of the other tulips which have made the garden a delight this spring. I can’t remember the names of the first 3 flowers ( if anyone knows, please tell me!)
Queen of the Night tulip, deepest purple petals, very classy!
This tulip is called ‘Canasta’ , the only one which appeared this year; it is a petite pretty companion to the yellow tulips from yesterday.
I have a couple more tulips to share next week, they were late to be planted and are just about to bloom, so they will be an additional treat in a few days time.
I planted these gorgeous yellow tulips in December 2010; I found an old notebook where I’d jotted down what I planted that year and I found their name, ‘Maja’. They’ve flowered vigorously each year since they first came to live in my garden. This year has been a fantastic show, the flowers have been going strong for almost 4 weeks, delightful and vibrant especially when the sun shines!
Flaming Parrot, what a splendid name for this truly extravagant tulip; the colours are so vivid and these two beauties have been showing off their plumage in the garden for some weeks now. I will miss them when they’re gone.
My garden has been full of tulips for the last few weeks; they are one of my favourite flowers, and over the years I’ve been gardening, I’ve collected quite a few lovely varieties. I’ve been going out into the garden photographing their progress, so I thought it’d be nice to share these and see how the flowers bloom and flourish.
This one is called Spring Green, a beautiful, fresh tulip, with its variegated petals of off-white and green.
More tulips later this week!