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Hello my lovely gardening friends..
As I am working upon a project and the garden is in need of lots of attention right now, Time to create a post here has been short.. The days are flying by and already two weeks since my last posting here.. So….
I want to share with you another beautiful Blogging friend of mine.. AmyRose.. She takes some amazing photo’s and her muses are so enlightening they will brighten any day of your week.. Here Amy explains some of that process, and I am sure you will agree, it is beautiful..
So Please Enjoy Amy’s Blog and I hope you pay her a visit and tell her so..
Happy Gardening to you all
Sue xx

Petals Unfolding


In Solitude and Grace

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this Heart of mine I place
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upon the Alter of Love
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given from Heav’n above
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so that Rays of Light
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 penetrate which seek bright
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in order for the whole of me
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continue Life with God-Ease
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MF Macro Photography Handheld/ “Peace”/August 2017©AmyRose
http://www.herladypinkrose.wordpress.com

Wouldn’t you know it when I got shaky with the “process” upon which posts of mine are made, a new method I attempted failed.  Sure did.  I thought (for a change) I would take the words that had come earlier (written down on my yellow pad), outside with me to peruse my garden to see if I could construe what shots to take for those words.  All I obtained was zilch, natta, no genius of a Muse felt anywhere.

Huh.  How do ya like that?  Teach me, didn’t She, not to change anything!

OK!! I stopped…

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Knitting Update.

Those of you who take an interest in crafts and Knitting, I know will be wondering how my knitting came along.. This was how I left it on my last update. As I said it was the simplest pattern that I think I ever knitted, only shaping the sleeves. I used basic Knit .  the reason being, I could do without it being complicated as I was watching  Wimbledon Tennis on TV at the time.  🙂 ..So for any beginners out there this would be an ideal pattern to start.

The markers of light coloured wool are for the sleeve placement.

Something I am knitting.

Well now I can show you the completed Cardigan that I made for myself.  I joined up the shoulders  Once the shoulders were joined I then knitted the front bands with one button hole on one side . I picked up evenly stitches  around the neck, knitting a couple of rows and then I  crocheted a frill to act as collar..  

Then I crocheted a fancy easy little frill  to match along the edge of the sleeves, then joined the sleeves up their sides along with the sides of the cardigan.. 

Next did a fancy frill to match around the hem of the cardigan and pinned back the collar to form a lapel, tacked it in place with the same yarn. And lastly I sewn  on the button.. Easy.. 

So this is now how it looks.. 

Cardigan Close up

It is warm and heavy, as it is knitted in cotton yarn with a thread that goes around it. Difficult to see on these photo’s … 

Until next time.. And BE Happy in what ever it is you are doing.. 

~Sue~

Veggie Update .

As you can see the sweetcorn is growing taller and each one looks to have a number of cobs on them. So looks like a better  year for us this year.  Hover your cursor  over the pictures to reveal the titles, and click to enlarge to take to slide show in Galleries. 

Me in among the Sweetcorn those are the Butternut Squash in front.

 

My daughter made these the other day and sent me a photo of what she had made from the produce of our Allotment  garden .. Happy smiles..

 

Next to be revealed  is my Knitting, it is already completed, Until next Time 

Happy Gardening !

 

Dahlia’s are Growing

Remember when I planted the tuba’s of the Dahlia’s and they looked like this 

Well, now look at them,  I went to pick some for the weekend before the weather turned more stormy today and ended up having to tie them up as they were being so blown about in the winds..  Click on the photo to enlarge the photo’s 

So as per usual, every picture tells a story .  Here are the Dahlia’s and see how they have thrived. 

These were all picked today  I gave some to two neighbours and to  another allotmenteer, along with some courgettes .. I also took some Dahlias and sweetpeas to my daughter along with some veggie goodies. 

Sweet Peas with Apples in the back ground which will soon be ripe by the looks of them 

In between being in the garden and just relaxing and enjoying the Sun.. I have been busy knitting.. This is about the most simplest pattern I have ever knitted, never have I done a back and fronts in rectangles …. I got the pattern out of a book, from a bookstore on offer, with many other knitting projects inside. The book doesn’t use the normal pattern row by row instructions which I am used to on patterns and I found it  was published in the USA. Its not until you start reading the pattern that you find the differences within the references of shortened terms in Knitting jargon. Thankfully it had a conversion chart at the back of the book. 

 While the original had a pattern was a ‘Slip stitch Mesh’  in the pieces, as I was watching Tennis while knitting I made a few errors as it requires a 6 row of repeated different stitches,  so thought I do not need complicated right now.. So I undid it and started again, and instead of creating the pattern, I decided to do plain knit.. Its not often I only do a plain pattern . As you may have seen from other knitting projects.  more found on my other blog at the link provided  

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and next time will be all about the Bees on my Hydrangeas and showing you the flowers on my Olive Bush at home. And I will be showing you how the sweetcorn is growing and the Butternut Squash. 

Happy Gardening!

~Sue~

 

 

Peace and Tranquillity

I am doing a little cheating here today as I reblog my post from my other blog Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary.. I hope you all enjoy your weekend.. I have been enjoying my garden and the Tennis. I hope you enjoy the flowers in the slide show. Just a few from the selection of photos I took at the show.. Enjoy and Happy Gardening ..
Sue xx

Dreamwalker's Sanctuary

Spending time out in Nature for me is one of the joys of life. And in June of this year, I got to go to the fabulous RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.   During Summer I spend more time out in nature tending our allotments and our home garden..   This last couple of weeks as you saw in my last post here on Dreamwalkers Sanctuary  I have been busy watching Wimbledon, and what a fortnight it has been with some amazing tennis played and some remarkable wins.

 So along with some Photo’s I took of the flower exhibits at Chatsworth here is a poem I wrote some years ago now that you may find elsewhere on my blog , as I looked and as coincidence will have it I re-posted it around this time last year.

 Enjoy the flowers.. I hope too you find time to go out into Nature and…

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As Promised.. More of Chatsworth

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Has it been 10 days already? since my last post here.. Time sure is speeding up, but I have to say I really am enjoying Summer.. So as I so enjoyed my visit to the RHS Flower Show at Chatsworth earlier in June.. I still have lots of photos to share of beautiful gardens and blooms.. Where to start ..  The above slide show, shows The Wedgwood Garden exhibition, it won a Gold Medal .  Wedgwood was founded in 1759 by craftsman and potter Josiah Wedgwood. . This garden represented the classic English Feel, bring nature and the elements into peoples homes. Its design explores new materials, and re-imagines the traditional, with the attention to detail and craftsmanship at the forefront. 

I think my favourite garden though had to be this one by Jackie Knight.. It was called Just Add Water.  Water to me is essential, it relaxes and here Jackie who is stood on the stones to the right in boots, has created a space that is not  only tranquil and calm, but is a lyrical to the ear as water trickles down in various stages..  Looking at this garden it looked like it had been here for years instead of a  couple of weeks in the making..  I was disappointed Jackie only got a bronze medal for this excellent garden. 

Just Add Water Garden by Jackie Knight .

 

And just to wet your appetite on the blooms  how about these beauties

Fuchsias

Happy Gardening.. as we enjoy the Summer Sun..

~Sue~ 

 

 

Garden Makeover

Those of you who are gardener’s know that you must have patience when planing a garden.. You also have to have vision.. For you have to wait not one, but maybe many years for your ideas to grow as your plants take years to fill out your garden. 

Coming back from the Chatsworth Flower Show at the beginning of June, we were both inspired to tidy up our back garden. Over the years it has undergone several changes, but I had also mainly planted up annuals in our back boarders. Bulbs and wallflower for spring.. And often got neglected when we were both working full time. 

I wanted more of a  herbaceous border  so that it will take less maintenance. Even though I do not class myself as passed it just yet 🙄 Kneeling and bending up and down take their toll, So again like the flower beds you have to plan ahead. 👵

First things first.. Here is the old photo showing you the decking.. I planted bamboo and some privet in  front of the green house as I eventually wanted to screen the green house from the rest of the garden.. We had planted two conifers too, which we wanted to grow as an archway.  This takes time and patience..

So an old photo of what the garden once upon a time long ago, it looked like this. Picture was taken in 2010 Below I wish I could find one in the 80’s when we moved in. It was very overgrown. No lawn as such, and I replanted the whole lawn then by sewing seed and walking up and down on it to flatten it out.. 

Now we both got carried away with our project that I forgot to take the before photos, As my husband dismantled the decking one day while I was resting. But I found some old photo’s out so you can see what we did.. 

Here you can clearly see the decking, but it eventually got worn, slippy and not safe to walk upon. so it was used to put pots on for years, rather than sit on. You can clearly see we used decking too on the right side to hold the deeper raised bed of earth we had planted.

This Photo above was taken in 2013  you can now see how the arch is forming, and the Buddleia to  back of the decking is growing, and the bamboo are starting to screen the greenhouse, the privet is seen between the arch on the left.. 

Taken April 2017, you see the decking is now out, wallflower are out at the bottom  left where the decking was,and I have re-seeded with grass to make a curve where the square decking was. The Grass which is longer and not showing the hail stones as much. ( as this photo taken in a five-minute hail storm we had)

This has been in stages as the decking came out in the autumn of last year I then planted wall flowers in the space and grass seeded down part where the decking had been as I wanted to extend the lawn in a curve shape to the archway.

The above photo was taken in May, I had cut out the border in a more wavy pattern and stared to plant up the corner where the decking had been, we moved the bird bath and I put my fairy house at the bottom of my garden, where all good fairies now  live 🙂 Sorry this picture is not so sharp and clear. 

The next steps I wanted a more defined border, one where the lawn strimmer would not take the heads off my flowers 😉 lol  So this is the next stage. 

Then we concentrated on the right side of the garden

Now you see the effect from the first photo to the this one I wanted.. It only took  Seven Years to grow to this stage lol.. But it separates the garden from the greenhouse and our outside cold frames. and three dustbins we have for recycling. One for paper, tin and plastic, one for household waste, and the other for garden waste.. Which is not all that much as much of it gets composted in the allotments. 

Here you can see we used larger slats of wood on the right for the raised bed, and continued the theme with the smaller ones to encase the water features.

Now  a few more years of waiting as these plants grow and fill out the boarders

Now for a closer look  click each to get a larger view. 

And of course, we had to have some fairy lights.. Hope you enjoyed.. as much as we did tidying it all up 

 

Happy Gardening

~Sue~ 

Next time more blooms from Chatsworth.

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show visit-part 1

Where do I begin to tell you the wonderful day we had visiting our old haunt of Chatsworth House. This wonderful house is only a couple of miles from where I and my husband grew up.. In fact my husband when he was a young lad, his Dad rented a small holding  on the Chatsworth Estate. He grew up with hens and geese, home made bread, home made butter, and would walk from the young age of 5 the 4 miles it took to get to his school and the 4 miles back with older sisters.  

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We often visit Chatsworth grounds to walk and Hike and if any one in the UK wants a wonderful day out, I can fully recommend their house and gardens as a well worth while visit here in the UK. 

So the day was good to us, as the previous day had been windy and raining and in fact the day after our ticketed visit it too was raining.. So the Universe was smiling on us, for we only had one light shower.. 

I have lots of photo’s that I took and so in-between my gardening posts I will add a few more posts throughout the Summer of the wonderful gardens and flowers that were on show

So today I will show you what we saw as we entered the show ground, this is only a portion of the pictures I took, but you will get the feel of it as I try to choose the best out of my collection to share for you here. 

Bugs and Bees are so important

So in the header you will see the crowds as we awaited to go through the gates and security.. We were early birds so very near the front of the cue.. Hundreds were behind us.  Click on the photo’s to enlarge. 

 

The first on show were The Bug House Competition. These were created by School children from the surrounding counties. The public were asked to decide the winner by placing a plastic disc in their preferred Bug house, the discs would be counted at the end of the show. 

Next were the Well Dressings for those not familiar with what a well dressing is click the first link and it will explain more. 

These wells are made entirely out of flower petals seeds, bark and leaves etc.. And when I was a child I would help by collecting flowers and also be allowed to help fill in the boarders..

By Clicking the Well Dressing Link you can see more about this tradition which is to celebrate the gift of wells and water

Joseph Paxton journey started out as a student at the Horticultural Society where he first experimented in gardens in Chiswick. He then arrived at Chatsworth House in 1826 as under-gardener. Who would think that almost every Banana grown in the western world today would have been the result of one mans quest to grow bananas to grace the table of the Sixth Duke of Devonshire. To see how that came about click the link HERE

 

There was a new category in the gardens this year, and that was Freeform. These encouraged Freedom of expression,celebrating the connection between plants, sculpture art and people.

So this first one may amuse you. 

Another more serious Free form garden is this one..  The Brewin Dolphin Garden. This garden combines reinforced steel rods with naturalistic planting.. So what you see looking like a meadow, each was planted to make it look like a natural setting..

I hope this has whetted your appetite for future parts to the Flower Show,  not to mention the wonderful blooms like  the ones I will leave you with. Next time some Gold Winners..  

Happy Gardening

~Sue~

 

Summer Delights

Well my gardening friends, where oh where is June flying too. Already we are past the Summer Solstice and nearly upon Mid-Summers Day here in the UK.  So I thought it about time I popped my head up out of my garden and showed you how all things are growing. 

I have lots of photo’s to share, and also lots to tell you about our RHS Chatsworth Flower Show visit too on the 9th of June.. I took so many photo’s there, I was in my seventh Heaven, as I ooh and arrghed over the wonderful blooms and creative gardens on display.. But those I will share next time..  This inspired us to do a make over on our own back garden, which is why I have not had a lot of time for blog land visits .. 

Many thanks for your patience and I hope all you budding gardeners are busy now reaping your hard labours as you see the fruits of your labours maturing before your eyes. 

Welcome also to any new followers..   I have so many new followers now on both my WP sites, I enjoy interactions, so please introduce yourselves, don’t be shy. This is how we share our gardening tips etc. 

So I will show you how things are looking mid June on our Plot and the pictures will tell their own stories. So sit back, feet up, and give your own aching backs a bit of rest.  As I share what is happening on the plot right now. 

A view from the top of our allotments down to the sheds. I allowed the poppies to grow along the boarder and have in the middle one lovely pink pompom poppy.. I will be taking seeds from this little Gem that Mother Nature has gifted my garden.

Pea Row and the beetroots in front with potatoes. We have had several broccoli and several purple cauliflowers and some Orange ones, I forgot to take pictures but they were delicious 🙂

We have several Courgettes now starting to produce.. Some of you call these by another name Zucchini

Courgettes..

These Peas were from bought seeds and I have had my first crop off of them this week

Pumpkins at the back of the sheds, These are for Halloween 🙂

The sweetcorn is to the top left and is about 2ft high now, and in the middle is the Butternut Squash and new peas from saved dried peas from last years crop all which came through. To the right upper corner these are the potato crop.. We have had several meals from the new potatoes and they have been gorgeous .

These are the tomatoes in the allotment greenhouse.. It was a hundred degreesF in there the other day the thermometer was about to pop.. My hubby took a pain of the glass out of the door to replace with wire mesh to allow for more air in there.

Towards the back of the sheds where the pumpkins are are our Blackberries These are a giant variety and the bees are all over the flowers right now. 
Speaking of Bees, We have a nest of them between our sheds, we are very happy they have chosen to nest there. And are no problem. So long as you know their flight path lol

I have also had loads and I mean loads of Redcurrants this year, so I have been busy freezing these.. They are really sweet this year, but you must make sure you pick the ripe ones if you can, as the unripened ones can be sour. ..  So what I do is pick from the bush the ones with most ripe fruit on first.. Then sort through them.

They can be fiddly.. So after picking from the bush on long stalks, I painstakingly pick off each one of the ripe ones and make sure the little stalk is taken off.  Which is difficult seeing as they all ripen at different stages on the same stalk..

I then leave the unripe ones in the widow sill and before long they too turn and ripen..Then repeat the process with them. 

Redcurrants prepared for freezing

I hope you are all having a wonderful Summer.. As record temperatures for 40 years here in the UK soar up and up.. While the humid hot nights are not good for sleeping, if you manage to keep your gardens well watered in the cool of the evenings or early mornings, ( we have been in the allotments as early as 5-30am to beat the Suns heat. )  This is certainly Growing Weather, and a welcome change for Britain’s usual showery cooler summers..

So until next time when I will be sharing some of Chatsworth Show with you. 

Happy Gardening

~Sue~

Rainbow Light Dance. Within the Garden of Love

These are some of my home garden flowers along with a muse of my thoughts
I am very excited this week, as I go to the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show you can google to look it up..
So next week I hope to bring you many wonderful photo’s of gardens that I have seen created.. In the mean time. Happy Gardening.
And take some time out in the Sun to relax and enjoy your own gardens filled with the love you have poured into them..
Love and Blessings
Sue ❤

Dreamwalker's Sanctuary

View from my swing

Silence becomes my friend as I sit in the dappled light upon my swinging seat. Rocking back and forth as I lift my feet from the ground, I become lighter than air.

Lulled in the rhythm, like a babe in arms, I’m content. A smile spreads across my lips as my ‘Knowing’ unfolds the deep mysteries of my existence.

Flower of the climbing hydrangea

Lifetimes are stripped back,  like the darkness, they disappear, as the Sun makes her appearance over the horizon as the New Dawn Awakes.

Each struggle, every action, and every choice ever made has brought me to this moment

of who I AM.

The Sun catches my face sending its warmth across my skin. I see it glow beneath closed lids. My smiles grow wider as I welcome my old friend.

As if in answer, the breeze lifts, and the chimes sing their…

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