Monthly Archives: April 2018

Courtyard Garden – bits and bobs

conservatory side dillyMore work in the garden, starting with a tidy up at the side of the conservatory by way of a gravel path. We discovered why plants were not growing well there – a simple matter of an 18inch wide concrete shelf to the front and side!  The new path has duly passed inspection by our resident Forecat, Miss Dilly. Plants also adjusted to allow for the additional path.

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We n20180423_133012ow have a small trellis to hide some of the pots etc. Large pot each side as there is always a stiff breeze down that side.  Jasmine in one pot and Hypericum in the further side.





figsIn other news – the fig has recovered from the move and is forming fruits. And the Apricot – despite the severe haircut (back to the trunk) and twice being repotted, has begun to show signs of new shoots. apricot buds_edited-1



Stereotypical #authorselectric

My posting for this month is up on Authors Electric

“Stock images are something we are used to. Images from magazines and advertising hoardings have been presenting us with images of this and that for centuries.

The representations in art are a subject all of their own and their roots stretch back as far as the first paintings etched into a cave wall. Yet the word ‘Symbolism’ was first coined in 1886 by the writers Gustave Kahn and Jean Moréas, and is something much discussed in the arts…”

to read the rest click HERE

Courtyard Garden – add a table #garden #courtyardgarden

20180418_135759More gardening today – and I think I now have most of the plants out that I don’t want and moved and/or ‘pruned’ the rest.

The mosaic table and chairs that we bought in the sales last autumn and which have been stored in the garage since look rather nice in the sunshine. (There are 4 chairs but only brought 2 out today)




The camlia will be here and after some wavering I decided that

20180418_135906the large pieris has a reprieve for the time being. Put in the huge cyclamen (rhs)  two ferns and a heuchera. Had thought of gravelling that section as the window cleaner has a habit of treading on it  but just going to put in a pebbe; section down the side of the conservatory. The large pot contains a Rodgersia pinnata.  Not the best pot but its a plant that like to be kept quite damp.

The side border looks a little spartan but it now has space for new things. The acer in the centre may yet end up in a large pot. It seems to be one of the weeping varieties, which is wasted in a mixed border. They are far  better displayed in a good pot.



20180418_135759From now on it will be the judicious buying of plants for seasonal colour. With such a small  courtyard garden I can’t afford to bung stuff in as I used to. But on a day like this it is a perfect place for tea and a book!



Miss Dilly and Co. Faulty Felines #cats

It occurred to me that my cats are faulty.  Why? Empty boxes. Endless youtube clips and postings from friends find the reaction of their feline darlings to a box of any kind  entertaining  with often hilarious antics. Continue reading

Courtyard Garden – more evictions

I spent the afternoon pottering around the courtyard moving this and evicting that – the main eviction was yet another euphorbia – this one the common variety. Pictured is an outdoor cyclamen – a single corm this fills the entire pot!  yet to decide where to put that one.



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Sugar is Hidden

blueberryyog465x280.jpgThe sugar tax on drinks comes in today – but it is a given that sweet drinks have a lot of added sugar.  Ditto cakes, biscuits, chocolate and other ‘treats’

So what about those hidden sugars? Continue reading