knitting and the life I almost have around it

Saturday, October 13, 2007

my backyard

Ok, this is a second attempt at showing you all my back garden, so hopefully the pics will load this time.

Firstly a shot of the two flowers beds i have put in myself. The first one was last year with a lot of help from Monkey (who somehow became Sherpa again in my last post.. go figure) and the second (and farther away one) i did all by my lonesome. I am rather proud, it was HARD work. The plants you can see (just) in the farther garden bed are three new rose bushes i put in a few months ago, some cornflowers, cosmos, snapdragons and the only thing to flower so far, pansies.I actually only bought these to help me work out a sock yarn colourway (ask Tinkingbell or Georgie) but they are such happy little chaps and are running rather rampant!

In the vege garden my broad beans are flowering away.. i was a little worried i had planted them too late, but so far so good. You can see failed brussels sprouts and a cabbage in the background too.
My sweet-pea is in flower. So far they are all pink, but i'm hoping there's some more colour in there.. maybe a dark red or purple..

My real proud garden moment this year has been totally re-doing a side garden bed. It was.. sad. sunken. full of suckers from a neighbours tree, rocks, and a Spikey Bush of Doom (official name - it served no purpose except drinking all the water, growing too tall for the space and being very very very dangerously spikey).
So on my weekends i have been tackling this issue. i dont think i actually have any before pictures which is rather unfortunate. Wait! a year old, but it will do. Note the unbalanced spiky bush (away from us) the rampant lemon balm, decent strawberries (and teapots of course).
Now (from the other end):Thyme, dill, sage, oregano, mint (in the pot to stop it taking over), spearmint, basil, fours kinds of lettuce, rocket, cornflowers, cosmos, sweet marjoram and some slightly subdued lemon balm. Righ at the other end you may notice greenery. This is my rescued and rebuilt strawberry patch (with one sucker i just cant budge... note the assault marks)
This garden had a lot of soil added to it, compost matter, rocks removed, aeration... it was work. and it looks great now, i am SO happy with it. and the berries are growing to decent sizes too! amazing what a bit of love will do for strawbs, they're very resiliant! these were all (except a few new plants) dug up, seperated, roots removed, you name it, and here they are chirpy as can be!

Of course, in the garden of chez spidey you would expect to see yarn...a skein of 10ply wool in 'Denim' drying. mmmm yarn....

Thanks for the kind words.. it's just one of those things i have to struggle through. I'm trying to take care of myself.. and Monkey is being wonderful. i think he feels bad for not realising sooner.. but it ain't his fault if i pretend everything's great is it?

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend... i may or may not have cast on another pair of socks. sigh.

Peace out,
Ms Spider xo

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  • At October 14, 2007 11:46 am, Blogger Jejune said…

    It's great to see your garden looking so colourful and well-tended - you obviously lavish a lot of care on it :) Love the herb garden (yum)!

  • At October 15, 2007 8:15 am, Blogger kms said…

    i wonder if that yarn could become a self-seeding vine or something?! lovely work, take care xx

  • At October 15, 2007 7:08 pm, Blogger Michelle said…

    Your gardens look LOV-ER-LY!

    One thing I love about strawbs is that the plants looks so pretty even when not fruiting. Double bonus in my book.


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