Thats right I am a bad blogger. I haven’t blogged for so long. I have no real excuse other then day to day life getting in the way recently. We have ordered our kitchen from Ikea and it has arrived a bit sooner then expected, as work hasn’t yet started on the kitchen. So our living room now looks like an Ikea warehouse. The joys of renovating, you finish one room only to fill it with the junk from the next room you are doing! Work on the bedroom has stopped until the next batch of annual leave. It’s frustrating that it’s not finished but so much better then it was.
With the arrival of some sunshine I have begun to get all excited about getting out in our little walled garden again, and have spent any sunny day I’m not working up at the garden centre.
First job was the herb wall. Last year you might have read about the decking tile turned vertical wall planter I created. This year I have been lazy and not grown any herbs (except basil) from seed, but I did go out at the first sign of sun and buy some herbs from the garden centre. This spot gets quite a bit of sun so it’s the perfect place for them. A trip to ikea for some more hanging plastic pots and my herb garden is well on it’s way. Still to buy/grow/plant are basil, thyme and mint, but so far I have got coriander, parsley, chives and oregano. I have planted some basil seeds but they have probably found it too chilly to poke their little leaves out of the soil yet.
I will be back soon with further updates, my month off blogging has been good and I’m ready to start typing again! Tom and I are off to Devon next week to see his parents, fingers crossed for good weather!
The herb garden out the front had given up with the arrival of colder weather. So I have replaced the herbs with autumn flowering pansies, violas and heathers. Holly seems to like it. She likes sniffing the flowers! And it has added some prettiness to the front garden to come home to on miserable days.
I was inspired by this post from Life on the Balcony. An old pallet has been used to create a lovely upright planter. I definitely have to do this in my garden but for now I decided to make use of a spare decking tile I had hanging around. This far corner of the garden gets the most sun so it makes sense to use as much of the space as possible for growing things. A couple of screws, a trip to ikea and an old pesto pot later and it’s starting to look the part. I only got two clip on pots from Ikea for about 50p each to see if it worked. They don’t quite clip on properly as the decking is slightly too thick so I made them a little bracket out of coat hanger wire. I will get some more when I next go. The pesto pot is the perfect size for a tealight and looked really pretty flickering away every time I looked out the kitchen window last night. Tom loves pesto so no doubt there will be more soon. My basil in the front garden has been attacked by the local snails so hopefully it will be safer up here.
This was the office teapot and I have always had my eye on it. We recently replaced it because it dribbles terribly and as I am in charge of the tea and coffee fund I made my claim on it. I had planned on nailing some holes in the bottom for drainage but want it to sit in the kitchen windowsill so instead I placed some rocks in the bottom and then sat a plastic pot on top. This way I can pour excess water out of the spout but still sit it straight on the worktop. My mint out the front has been going for a few years now and is looking a little scrappy. I saw this mint plant reduced to 25p in Waitrose and so a happy new relationship was born between pot and plant.
The first time I have grown these. What a success!
Boy I wish I was doing this house up full time. I love doing it up and hate when going to work to pay for it gets in the way!! For the last 2 weeks both Tom and I have been working opposite nights so have hardly seen each other let alone carried on work in the garden. Jus has still got major project at work ongoing. She is working all the hours God sends. However here is a little update on the shed door. After lots of huffing and puffing we managed to get it hung, then Tom spent ages sanding and filing it to fit properly. It is still waiting to be painted and for the glass to be put back in but didn’t want you thinking we had been lazy or anything. I have been beavering away working on the dining room chairs anytime I get the chance. They are coming along nicely, although have needed 4 coats of paint each! Primer next time me thinks! Can’t wait to upload finished images.
Since we got back from Devon the weather improved, typical, and we have carried on work on the garden. Once it is done I don’t think I will be able to face a pointing trowel for some time. I have continued repairing the walls, read rebuilding the walls, and painting them. Tom has decided his new mission in life is to repair the shed door which is hanging off it’s hinges. It has been facing the elements for many years now and is in a bit of a state but I am always up for reusing things and giving them new life.
Apologies for the photo quality. It was taken on my phone but you get the idea. He has been sanding, filling and sanding again for days, whilst working on his tan!
I originally bought a fired earth exterior eggshell paint for the gate and shed door. The colour was called pigeon but it wasn’t quite right, a bit green and I wanted a blue grey. I exchanged it for a Sandolin exterior garden wood paint called Herb Pot. It has turned out the exact same colour as the pigeon, serves me right for being fickle. I love it anyway.
I’ve counted 9 tiny baby courgettes on my plant. All waiting to bloom. This is one of the most satisfying plants to grow. I used to have a couple on my allotment and I couldn’t keep up with their supply. This is the first time I have grown one in a pot, but so far so good. I love roasting courgette with peppers then eating it cold on a spinach salad with houmous and feta (there is a cafe in Cardiff, Love Coffee, that does a salad like this, gorgeous). I also love slicing them into long strips, then grilling or roasting them with garlic oil and using them as layers in a lasagne. Yummy!