Butternut Squash and a Gypsy Wood Burner

Already its been two weeks since my last post here, But a lot has been done in-between time in the garden especially. 

Where the potatoes were its now winter dug over and lime added

All the potatoes are now dug up and we have four huge hessian sacks full and sorted.. And I am using up all those that you manage to put the folk through first.. No matter how careful you are you always spike the biggest.. 

My Hubby has been winter digging where the potatoes were, a couple of hours each day while its been fine, and we have taken up the finished Pea rows..  The courgettes are now finished.  

Nearest is beetroot, Kale, and then the sprouts. Behind the sprouts are two rows of parsnips.

Here you can see the Brussels sprouts , Kale and Beetroot..  And we also have more young broccoli and cauliflower to mature along with leeks, parsnips, and rainbow chard.  

Spring cabbage planted.. And leeks to the left and as you can see the dahlias are still blooming, I regular pick and dead head them to encourage more flowers.

I still have an abundance of Dahlia’s and still keep picking these, until the frosts come and blacken the tops..  And then we will dig up the tubas to store them for winter.. But I will explain that when the time comes..

A different view of the cabbage under the cloche ..

We had some lovely young Spring Cabbage plants given us by a fellow allotmenteer… So we have now planted these in the allotment and put a cloche over them to protect them from the pigeons. Pigeons love young cabbage foliage and we have lots of pigeons in the woods near by and in a matter of minutes you can lose your crop as we have known to our cost in the past…. This will stay on now until the cabbages mature over winter..

Here are all the butternut squash, and under the bench are the four sacks of potatoes.. And yes, the shed got a clean out.

The Butternut Squash has been a bumper crop and we are so pleased with the harvest and will have plenty to share with our daughter this year..

these are the size of a small football, not huge but we can have fun sculpting these at Halloween.. 🙂

The Pumpkins too, although not Huge, will be ideal for what we grew them for Halloween, and goodness knows it will soon come around as time is certainly flying by so fast.

On our home Garden there are still a few blooms around giving us a magnificent show.. And our front garden although I have not taken a photo, is full of cosmos, and the chrysanthemums are all in bud ready to give us colour through Autumn.

My Husband has been busy in the greenhouse in our home garden, clearing it, cleaning it, and lagging it out with  a layer of thick clear plastic panels and bubble wrap.. We both have a feeling it will be a long colder winter this year.. Its been usually mild for several winters here in England and we have not had much snow.. Winters seem to be turning wetter and milder rather than cold and snowy.. But as we have some plants that we want to keep frost-free and cosy, My daughter treated her Dad to an early Christmas present, as he admired the Gypsy Wood burner she had got for her lean to greenhouse that sits on her walled garden..

Work in progress of fitting the wood burner in the greenhouse

So he spent some time working on installing it.. He went to a local garage that fitted car exhaust pipes, and asked if they had any pipe of a certain size to fit, He took the little wood stove with him as it is only the size of a shoe box..

Here is the small gypsy wood burner stove,, You could boil a small kettle on top when lit.. The Temperature soared inside the greenhouse once lit and it gave off lots of heat..

And he got two pieces of exhaust and two brackets.. When he asked how much the garage man said to give him a Fiver.. Five Pounds.. So he got a bargain.. And with metal and sealant he found in our garage he set about installing it to our greenhouse. You can see the progress of how below..

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Until Next Time 

Happy Gardening











Autumn Approaches are you tidying up?

This tiny rose blooms all on its own.


As the Summer now  goes into Autumn, we can  now well and truly feel that Autumnal nip in the air in the mornings.. Its been a while since I was here, and to be honest, after a family bereavement , I took stock of myself, and took time out from blogging for a while to spend time with family. 

I have found myself out in the garden snipping back, and tidying up. Dead heading and   even the leaves are  starting to fall early and turning golden.   The nights are drawing in, and by 8 pm it is already dark..  

Hubby has been really busy, he cleaned out both sheds in the allotment and has been digging out the Main Crop of potatoes for storage for winter.. As well as cleaning the green house at home, and getting that all ship shape to take in the plants that will over winter in there.


All the sweetcorn is now picked and we  have counted around 60 large cobs that have now gone into the freezer.  I have picked so many raspberries, and blackberries, that have been frozen. And have enjoyed making Pies and crumbles with these. 

Its been a while since I felt like doing a post.. So here I will leave you with   just a few photo’s of the home garden and what is in flower right now.

Happy Gardening All of You. 

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Fuchsias saved from last year in full bloom 


Early Autumn

Well hello my lovely gardening friend, it has been a while since I did an update on how things are growing down the allotment.  Click to enlarge photo’s and hover your mouse over the smaller ones to see text. 

Summer started off well, but here in England, August has not been so good, with cooler weather with lots of windy days, one which saw it bring down one of my hanging baskets of flowers on the side of our home, and blow over several pots of flowers on the patio.  So between the Sunshine and the heavy Showers we have been enjoying days out  with family and getting to grips with keeping the allotment tidy. 

Dahlias and in front are the leeks

My Dahlias, have been extra magnificent this year, giving us lots of cut flowers that have been shared between family and neighbours, who have really appreciated their blooms. They now stand to the height of my shoulder when I am in amongst them, as does the sweet corn. My hubby is now starting to collect the cobs and so far he has cleaned and frozen 34 large cobs.. And there are still plenty more that have to ripen. So it has been a very good crop this year.

Sweetcorn and Butternut Squash in middle and peas in front of those

Autumn is showing its signs early this year, and while we have picked lots of Raspberries and Blackberries we have also lost a lot of Raspberries to the wet conditions and not getting to pick them soon enough.. So the birds are making the most of them.. The blueberries the birds got too before I did, as the netting I put over them had a gap in it and so they had a feast.. But I was not concerned as I got to them first last year.

The pumpkins are also swelling out nicely, we planted four seeds from last years pumpkin at Halloween, and are growing these for our granddaughter as she loves to scoop out the middles and help sculpt them into faces for Halloween.

Pumpkins which are the size of a large Melon right now.

I have also had lots and LOTS of sweetpeas, these are the Old Fashioned variety, I always grow these, and these are from the saved seeds from last year, and they smell gorgeous, and I have several small vases now scatted around my home bringing fragrance to each room..

Abundance of Sweetpeas The more you pick them the more that come. I will let them form seed pods for next year later in the Autumn .

Remember the Gladioli when I diligently weeded through them all, to expose their small shoots? I took a gamble last year and left them in the ground, I was lucky as we had a mild winter, or I may have lost them.. This year after flowering I will lift them and store the bulbs for next year.. Here is what they look like now.. I have had lots of blooms off of these. And have some within my hearth right now.


Runner Kidney Beans



The Kidney Runner Beans have been doing well also, and again many neighbours have been enjoying these along with us. These are from seeds taken from allowing last years end of crop beans dry out in the pods and then saving them. 



Yellow Cherry Tomatoes

 We just love tomatoes, and have two green houses full, one at home and one on the allotments.

I love tomato soup and if anyone wants a good recipe to follow, then this is so simple to make I put the recipe on my recipe pages and it can be found HERE. These are some cherry yellow tomatoes we have.

More about the health benefits of Yellow and Red Tomatoes can be found here on  The Worlds Healthiest Foods site 


Well that is about all for this time.. Next time I hope to show you what has been happening in the Home Garden.

Happy Gardening


Peace (8 IMAGES)

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


this Heart of mine I place

upon the Alter of Love

given from Heav’n above

so that Rays of Light

 penetrate which seek bright

in order for the whole of me

continue Life with God-Ease

MF Macro Photography Handheld/ “Peace”/August 2017©AmyRose

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.. 


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!




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


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




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


Next time more blooms from Chatsworth.