Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Progressing to a lush green space ....

It has been some years since we took over this garden - it was quite sparse but the mature hedges were good. However, the garden did not provide a calming green space & the first winter, I kept looking at bare fences while planning the changes for an all year round green sanctuary space.


This taken this week from almost the same spots as the above for comparison. The patio was updated last Autumn to give use the space we use outdoors  .... 


I love the green space that we enjoy now in a suburban environs. I do all the gardening except the hedges which are cut each year once all the nesting birds have raised their broods  ...


Each Winter, I still take photos to see where improvements can be made to make it a year round haven - not perfect but private & comfortable ...


I hope my garden is not the only one that is a constant work in progress - does yours also evolve across the seasons. Thank you for stopping by & taking the time to read & comment,  
Dee ~♥~

Monday, 19 June 2017

Helping wildlife in the Shire

Hi everyone
I have always championed wildlife & have worked on making our garden a space that is rich in wildlife - birds, hedgehogs, bees, squirrels, bats etc.

Numerous studies have highlighted that green spaces are good for our mental health - even National Geographic has raised the mental health benefits of being in outdoors & connecting to nature.

We have put up numerous bird houses for the many species of birds that we know visit - birds like different spaces to nest, including the hedges & ivy in the garden.


We have numerous bird feeders in the hedges & in the greenery which birds love because they enjoy protection from the sparrow hawk who regular takes stray birds ...


All wildlife need access to fresh water - we have 2 footed bird baths - one is almost hidden in the greenery which is very popular with birds as the water stays cooler & they enjoy protection. The second is close to the conservatory with a ceramic water bowl close to it - they are well used.

We also have a new metal hanging one close to the small bird feeder (only small birds can get through to feed. This is again sheltered & in the shade to keep the water cool.


The sheltered garden is very green & this has encouraged a diverse range of birds because they enjoy the 'wooded' aspect even through it is a suburban garden ...


I always participate in the 30 Days Wild challenge - looking at ways to help wildlife & I think if we all just make our own spaces more wildlife friendly, we will be contributing in a small but important way.

Is your space wildlife friendly?  Do you know which wildlife visits you? Thanks for stopping by & taking the time to comment ...
Dee ~♥~

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Taming the ivy ....

Hi everyone

Are you also trying to get on top of garden jobs.

Our conservatory is our most used space in the house - it straddles the living room & dining room & faces the garden with all its greens so is a calming, casual space that just energises me.

It is also the space where we have friends & family over for meals because we can easily fit 12 at the table in relaxed environs ...



Getting ready for friends - table set in the conservatory for 12 visitors ...


I love the views of the garden from our conservatory ...


A festive meal for friends it is important for this space to be lovely all year round  ...


At Easter - enjoying the brighter weather 


I like to have a green view & the fence next to the conservatory has ivy to soften it. Two years ago, the ivy had to be trimmed back hard when the fence panels were replaced. Lots of feeding & trimming has meant that the ivy has bounced back ....

I love calming out at the end of the day with my secateurs to tame the plants and so it was this week


I always use the green planting tray to collect all the cuttings as I go along - it makes tidying up so quick ...

This is the ivy trimmings - a lot of it but it needed taming.


However, I did it carefully as we sometimes get birds nesting in it ...


I did not want to trim too much because I love the green wall it provides ...



Another job ticked off my list .... Do you have a never-ending to-do list?  Tell all ... Thank you for stopping by & taking time to comment.

Dee ~♥~


Monday, 12 June 2017

A visit to Sue's allotment

During half term, I visited family & friends down in Dorset & had the opportunity to visit my friend Sue's allotment.

I have been following her progress via photos for months - it was overgrown with loads of weeds & she has been updating me on her progress, including a shed & some paving ....

The grass arriving to be put down on the dig over & levelled space

Ms M, Frances &  I were thrilled to be invited to visit her at the allotment.

Look at all the progress - the shed is now a beautiful cornflower colour - bean / flower supports at up, and don't you just love her pink twine?


Fabulous environment in the sunshine ....


 We then had a walk around the other allotments - so much work going on, each so individual with so many lovely flowers & plants growing ...


Look at those beautiful supports?


More lovely handmade structures around the allotments ...


The lovely Sue at her shed & us three visitors posing after doing nothing to help ...


A little panorama of her allotment ...


Us girlies with Sue in the middle ...


Us three girlies - Me, Frances & Ms M being silly in the sun ...


Thank you Sue for a fabulous afternoon in the sunshine & for letting us enjoy your lovely space with you. We are planning a proper party in the summer down at the allotment - you will have to stop by for an update on that!

Dee ~♥~

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Running hares ....

Hi everyone

I know many of you will be familiar with a favourite Bunny bowl of mine because it features on my sideboard quite often.

It was a gift from Ms M some years back for my birthday which is close to Easter. My regular readers  know about our two lionhead free range house rabbits Fred & Vivaldi (now both passed away after long, happy lives)


We did not know who the potter was & last year, quite accidentally I saw a mention of a very similar bowl in an article on the Prue Leigh & the Oxfordshire potter John Atkinson of Bell Pottery was named as the maker.  The design is aptly called 'running hares'.


 My lovely running hare bowl which is not just for Easter ...



I am excited to show you an addition to my running hares collection -  a matching jug received as a birthday present.



How lovely they both look together & they are a lovely reminder of our special bunnies ...

I love the artisan look of the sponge ware with its lovely details,  earthy colour & design. Do you collect anything?

Thank you for stopping by & spending time reading & commenting ...
Dee ~♥~