As promised I will share some of my crafting over the last few months, and recent weeks along with how things are growing on the Plot.. April has been very dry here in the UK, and cold. With heavy frosts first thing in the mornings. So things in the greenhouse have been covered in fleece.. Tender plants are still vulnerable so holding back planting out some tender plants in the garden until later on in the month of May.
So here in picture format is just some of what is growing, If you click on the images they will enlarge .
So that is what is growing above. Below is what I have been creating . I have been painting, and creating knitting and crocheting. You will see a large crocheted blanket , and some small knitted and crocheted jumpers / sweaters/ tank tops for some teddy bears. And I recently had bought me a Mandala crocheting book from my daughter for my birthday and so I am now enjoying creating some mandala’s in crocheting.
The first is a bag I have done and crocheted the outside.. I made from a canvas back and created some pockets inside
So my friends, that is what I have been doing while I have been absent from blog land.. I feel the need to be creative. I hope you also embrace your creativity .. Enjoy ALL you create.. All you grow..
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will” – George Bernard Shaw
May you never stop Imagining into being that which you wish to create..
Hello to those whom are still following here on my garden blog… Its been a long, long while since my last post in November…. I usually fill in my winter blog with stories of my travels, but as for all of us this past year, that has not been available to many. And to be very honest with you, my heart as not been in the world of blog…. As much as in my creative world of crafts… So I have been spending more and more time Off line, during my absent months, and more time within my creative world.. Both with my knitting, my art, and crafts.. My crafts and artwork I will share with you next time.
And look!…. you turn around and EASTER is now here…. Time as we know it is certainly going faster and at times you blink and a week has past…
So how are you all… Have you been keeping busy, and I hope all of your own gardens are thriving..
We have been lucky in that we have obtained another greenhouse by an allotmenteer who was finding his plot too hard to maintain due to ill health in his old age.. At 82, he did remarkably well and has had the plot next to ours for over 30 years… The last year he never came to his plot and that is the first year he has missed in all of his allotment days… We shall miss him and wished him well with his health issues..
So hubby was busy in moving the greenhouse and setting up next to ours… Its funny how when you send out a signal to the Universe how its heard… Last year we both said we could do with a bigger greenhouse because of all the things we were finding to put in ours and not enough room…. Then this year we get one… Thank you Universe..
We started early with setting onion and shallots sets in January, these are now in the ground but here they were before being put in the ground in the cold frame with the green mesh on top.
While hubby was busy doing that, I was trimming back the late raspberry bushes dead wood, and clearing out weed from places, along with hoeing over where hubby to putt in the potatoes. We have two and a half row of early potatoes which are Aran Pilot and six and half rows of main crop, which is Picasso..
More of things we are growing are in this gallery.
So Spring is Here….. And I am so pleased to be digging back in Mother Natures earth again…. This gallery is a little different than in the Classic edit.. I thought it would show you the headers of the plants here.. They are from left to right cauliflower broccoli and Cosmos flowers, Leeks, Lettuce.. Peas, and onions and shallots now in the ground, and Asters flowers. These will go in my front home garden this year.
Hope you all of you have a very happy, Easter… and Happy Gardening..
I am always saying how time is flying faster than ever, but no sooner were we into the beginning of September than we are nearing the beginning of October. The days in between just seem to be a blur. As I took myself away from the technical world, to dive into some reading as I opted for fantasy world for a time… Which at times seemed the better option than the madness we are witnessing in reality. We have had some lovely Sunny days intermingled with some Wild Winds and rain…. This week has seen the temperatures drop, rise again, and then fall again. So that Autumn nip has most definitely been in the morning air
Harvesting by the barrowload
This was just one of the barrow loads that were prepared for the freezer . I also gave quite a few cobs away to neighbours and friends.
Above you can see the old sweetcorn sticks now fully dried out, the plastic bottles! you may be curious about… These were planted into the ground near our courgette roots… The leaves grow so intense and thick with the courgettes we use as markers, that we then pour water into the open bottles so as to get to the roots , so as not to waste water. The bottles on top of the sticks is to prevent me poking my eyes while weeding… Despite wearing glasses, I have done this often and you do not see canes as you reach down to weed.. So this is a safety precaution.. The plastic bottles all get recycled after use also… I had cleared a lot of the mildew leaves away in the above photo shot.
While Hubby was busy spreading muck/manure over where all the potatoes had been harvested, I set about clearing and digging where the sweetcorn had been… Even as I write three days after the digging my calves still ache from using the spade and turning the earth over… It was tiring, but, I enjoyed the hard work and despite the wind, managed to clear and dig what you see below in two and a half hours.
Our Giant sunflowers have been a huge attraction to the biggest bumble bees… These now too have dried out and we have put the flower heads in the shed to try out the seeds… These we will use for bird seed in the feeders rather than for ourselves…
The Onions too are all safely gathered in and they are drying out in these baskets ready for storage.. This year we have had a good crop of onions… I cannot say the same for our Leeks… For it is looking like they have been infested with a grub…. One patch of leeks we have already had to destroy as they were withering our main crop of leeks are not looking so healthy either.. This is due to what I have discovered is the leek Moth… More information on it can be found here at this link https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=652
We also need to remember even if we haven’t got a garden… We can get out into nature, sit beside a tree or some water and absorb inside of ourselves all that Nature has to offer…. Its no coincidence that Nature holds similar letter as the word Nurture… For that is what Nature does… It nurtures our spirits..
Hard to imagine this place was once a huge slag heap from the local coal mine.. The pit head stocks can be seen over the trees, The Mine shut down years ago and the whole area was made into a nature reserve. Which just goes to show you no matter how dark our ugly things look now..
Things Can and Do change for the better…
I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.
These weeks and months are just flying by so quickly these days, I hardly turn around and another week has gone by. But that in itself is a good thing, as I live in the now of moments, and to think too far into the future right now with all that is happening within our world only makes us anxious as we see what is unfurling before us.
A Mornings Harvest
This was a mornings harvest of tomatoes, Carrots and cucumbers , two varieties. The green ones as normal top middle and the yellow round ones are called lemon crystal cucumbers.. Very tasty.
Crystal Lemon Cucumber
This is just a mornings pickings of french dwarf beans. This year we decided to try the yellow variety. These freeze well, and all of these were frozen after washing and preparing them. We also have had a great harvest of Runner Beans.. We have been eating these as an when and supplying neighbours with free handouts as they are better eaten when young and tender…
The allotment has given us great yields this year, and the excess of tomatoes that always seem to ripen at once has meant I have been able to make fresh tomato soup… Recipe of which you can find Here which shows you how I have made it in the past.
As well as picking lots of blackberries from our bushes we keep behind our garden sheds, we have also had lots of raspberries.. That is until the wet windy cooler weather came. And then in a matter of a couple of days, many had spoilt and went mouldy… So I was pleased I had made the effort and got some into the freezer before they spoilt… Looking forward to Apple and Blackberry Pie 🙂
We have had some very stormy strong winds with driving torrential rain at times, and while I listened to the forecast of these storms coming. I went to tie up my gladioli and make sure my dahlias were secured.. I thought my Sunflowers which hubby had staked would be secure… But the wind was so strong it snapped several of them clean off. Below are the survivors.
You can see how high these are above the green house and you can see some of the stalks that snapped in the wind.
These fared better in the wind and you can see how high these have grown as hubby is 6ft tall.
Behind these Sunflowers is the nettle patch for insects and nettle tea for me leaves best picked in spring for this 🙂 and the Blackberry bushes How to make nettle tea Link HERE
By the way you should be able to click onto these images and open up to view larger.
My flower garden has given me extra pleasure this year, and below are just a few blooms in a Slide show to end this post. I hope you have all had a wonderful August.. The days are now beginning to draw in and the chill in the air can also now be felt. Take care all of you and thank you for dropping by… Have a Wonderful September and HAPPY GARDENING!
Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy. Lao Tzu
And there is nothing like loosing yourself in the garden and BE-ing in the present as you become NON-Being in the Moment…. That is my quote 😉 ~Love and Blessings Sue 💚
Hello again my gardening friends. Here is just a short little update on what is growing Mid July.. As I tackle this new block editor and experiment for a short while. I am not spending much time on my computer these last few weeks. As I escape the outer world to travel to my inner world. I hope you enjoy the photos, as I send my well wishes to you all. Have a wonderful rest of July… And Stay Blessed.
The Dahlia’s, are now in bloom, and the sweet peas are just magnificent, just as I had imagined them into being when I first planted them. I am using the block template of adding the photos…. I came across it by accident as I clicked here and there and so experimented with it… The group of photo styles comes under Collage, and you have several options to choose from. If you click the images it brings them larger and the background now merges with the picture image…. Cool…..
The tomatoes are now ripening
And we are enjoying Summer salads with Lemon Cucumbers, courgettes, spring onions, Lettuce and radish, all from the plot to plate.
After visiting Robbie’s Blog last month, and she shared a lovely recipe of her Chelsea Buns, I thought I would give them a go. Here they are and as youcan see they turned out ok.. In fact they tasted so good I have since made them again. If you visit Robbie’s Inspiration’s Blog, you will find some amazing fondant sculptures and beautiful stories too. Thank you Robbie 😊
The Garden Pond
We have a small garden pond with several Shubunkins a type of Gold fish… The fountain broke during lock-down, and we have only just replaced it.. Here you can see the Water Lilies now starting to bloom…
Well that is all for now… As I head on out to soak up some Vitamin D. Sunshine.
Take care of yourselves.. and remember ………..
“To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.”
~ E. E. Cummings (1894-1962), poet, essayist, and playwright
Peas, Broad Beans, Strawberries, Raspberries, Broccoli, Yellow Courgettes which are hiding, and Sweetpeas.
Hello My gardening Friends, Well this is a new experience here, as I battle with the New Editor and get to learn its control system… I ended up with more blocks than I knew what to do with and could find no way of deleting them other than keep pressing the undo arrow… And this is supposed to be progress…
Already just spent over half an hour writing these simple words and adding One picture… I finally found the Classic Edit to which I now have in the above screen, if I don’t press anything I shouldn’t as it disappeared on me when I tried to create more room for me to see what I am writing without the side panel of Blocks…
So to save myself any more stress, I am going to upload if I can my photos using the Classic tab and hope the slide show and Gallery will still be there. So this post is going to be a bit of an experiment of Old and New Editor.. As I try out this and that button.. Its the only way to learn as I click and GO! 🤣😀😂
Peas, Already we have had three bucket loads and froze a lot.
Click onto the smaller pictures to bring into the Gallery to view and see what is growing.
Brassica Family, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Onions and Potatoes in background. Lupins down the boarders
Brussels Sprouts and Leeks
Remember the Sweetpeas I planted in the video I shared. Well here they are to the top of the trellis. And already I have had around six large bunches of blooms from them.. Which Not only have I enjoyed their beautiful colour and fragrance, but so have my family and neighbours.
The Blueberries are also maturing If you look closely through the net. As the birds soon devour them.
This is just one of our Fuchsia’s which my Husband and grown from a cutting over the last couple of years to train into a standard. We keep over winter in the greenhouse.
Well this has certainly been an educational experience… It’s taken patience and perseverance as I learn to navigate my way around.. And what would have taken me perhaps half an hour to complete my post has taken me over two hours of trial and error.. But I got there in the end..
And that is what counts, at the moment we are all of us experiencing set backs, problems, and anxieties of one form or another as our world before our eyes changes, in ways we never thought possible . What we have all got to learn is not to give in, or give up… Those of us who grow our gardens, know only too well we have good years and bad, as our rotation of crops sometimes give us bumper crops and other times they fail.
We have had most of our Parsnips fail to germinate for what ever reason. We set twice and still they didn’t germinate… only the odd one here and there… So we hoed and planted more beetroot instead. and another row of Chard.
I Will leave you with this thought.
What we sow now we will reap later, Make sure you also plant the seeds of love in other peoples hearts. For in doing so, we will all harvest a more harmonious and peaceful world for our Children’s Children to inherit.
Hello my gardening friends. How have you all been?…
Here in Dreamwalker’s Garden, there has plenty to keep us occupied. And the big bonus here in the UK has been the weather has been exceptionally warm and dry over May. It has meant lots of water carrying too and fro on the plot. But I have enjoyed even that, as we go early in the morning.. And it takes with both of us carrying water about an hour to water completely..
If you click the photos they should enlarge in a new window.
Dahlia’s now out of cold frame, waiting to be planted in their permanent position
I will start off with the Dahila’s… We had several over night frosts at the beginning of May and despite us having to move the Dahlia’s into the cold frame as we needed more room in the greenhouse as the Tomatoes were getting ready to pot on, The Frost caught the tops of several of the large plants… But they should bounce back..
We have now moved them out of the cold frame into a sheltered position between the raspberries and where I planted the sweet-peas, as hopefully as we near the end of the month fingers crossed we will get no more frosts… Next week we intend to plant them into their flowering positions.
Here you can see the Tomatoes and Cucumbers now in place in the Greenhouse
The Strawberries are the new plants we bought last year, They are now getting more established this year and already lots of fruit is forming.
Strawberries forming.. I have since put straw under the plants to help protect the fruit.
The Peas in stages of growth, so Harvesting them is staggered You can also see the Lupins in Flower.. We planted these all down the side of the plot, as they attract blackfly, and aphids and I would sooner them eat the flowers than be on my veggies 🙂
On the Home Garden, I got busy with the paintbrushes and painted the sides of the garage with wood preserver.. We had this Charcoal grey paint left over from the garden fences we did last year.. So I painted the border in the dark corner near the garage as well as sprucing up the fairy doors with a new lick of paint… And if you wonder how those fairies climb the distance from the ground… They fly of course!!! Silly… 🙂
And last but not least, I made a little video of the garden blooms within my own garden in flower this month of May…
I Hope you Enjoy and Happy Gardening as I send Love and well wishes to All…
Hello my gardening friends.. We have been so thankful for our allotment plot as a place of refuge in these strange and trying times.. So instead of lots of photos here, I have included a video of how the plot looks and what has been planted in it..
The good news is that vacant plots on our site are being taken up and people are getting back into nature and growing their own food.. I have high hopes for positive outcomes.
With in our own community of neighbours I am seeing people helping each other, sharing resources etc.. We have been sharing extra veggies and in return they have been sharing back magazines, books, and other things.
We are lucky in we have a wonderful hub of neighbours who are pulling together..
My wish is that we come out of this more united and stronger, .. That we unite and co-operate in kindness and sharing, rather than living in fear, lack, and separation… We each have the ability to turn our communities around should we choose to do so..
Take care of yourselves and I hope All of you are getting out into your own gardens and enjoying the calm present moments of being out in Mother Nature… The birds are singing their joy and Nature too is taking a breath…
Dear friends… So how are you all doing? Have you managed to get into your gardens, have you been creative with your hobbies…
I began a new knitting project, a cardigan… Though I chose to do a different stitch pattern to the one on the pattern below
As you see the stitch pattern is different, but quite easy only for rows to complete one pattern..
We have been on our daily exercise every morning in our plot… And the weather here has been beautiful and sunny and dry…. So dry that we have already had to start watering.. Our nearest water cistern was quite close but its broken and now dry so I counted my footsteps yesterday in strides and it was 82 strides to the next nearest and 82 back.. When you are carrying 4 gallon in two gallon watering cans at a time… My arms were more than aching.. It certainly puts into perspective those who have no water in their countries who carry every drop in searing heat over long distances… My gratitude for water took on a whole new meaning this week..
So I decided to give you a little treat in my other creative skills I am still learning, and that is to share a short video I made of our allotment plot… Its far from perfect and I will add below the video new pictures taken today of our planting of cabbages and where I mulched after shredding some of our conifers and cutting back some shrubs we needed to clear for repairs to our garage roof.. You will also see how this week the Sun has brought out the blossom which I didn’t think was there on our apple trees when I made the video as we transplanted and moved both trees in the autumn to a new position in the plot as they were not thriving where they were..
Enjoy your time my friends as much as you can in your restricted zones of lockdown… Create as much as possible… as you try to detach from the daily news.. Breath in Nature as much as you are able… And create your own inner peace in all you do..
Click onto the photos to enlarge..
Apple tree blossom
Mulch between the blueberries and raspberries
Cabbages these are various varieties. Grey Hound, Golden Acre and five broccoli are set here.
Another Month has gone, and either ‘Time’ is flying for you right now, or it is dragging out… So what are you all doing in your Lock-down time? Have you taken up your artist brushes, or you ladies, sewing or knitting. Or maybe you found some DIY jobs you needed to do if you had the materials in before the lock-down… If you are lucky enough to have a garden have you been busy in it enjoying getting out in it as Spring starts to bloom.
Have you been creative?? Have you been bored? Why not give something new a try…
Or are you perhaps seeing this time as a time to reflect and put into perspective all our blessings.. Maybe you are volunteering your time helping others, or maybe you need help. If you do need help, then do not be afraid to reach out to your neighbours, never be too proud to ask.. There are many who are willing to help right now.. I am witnessing some wonderful neighbours within my own community and a band of volunteers are organising through our neighbourhood watch scheme, and its heart warming to see.. What ever you are doing, where ever you are, I hope each and everyone of your are well, and stay well.
Have you been able to walk the dog, keeping your social distancing? or have you found time to dig your plot and garden and prepare your gardens ready for the growing season?
We count ourselves very fortunate in that our allotment plot is only a five minute walk away, and when we go early in the morning we hardly see anyone or meet anyone. When we do, we respect each others distance and get on with the job in hand of planting our crops.. ( If you right click the photo’s you can open up to view larger )
We have been busy busy, as those of you know this is sowing time. So In went the potatoes.. Hubby did this in gradual steps, digging two rows each morning, digging out the deep trench mucking/ putting manure it and placing potatoes in.. Covering up… Hard work, and when you are Three score year and ten plus it doesn’t get any easier..
While Hubby was busy digging in the potatoes, I got stuck in one morning and planted the onions and shallots.. The quality of the photo below is not good.. It was pretty cold that morning, as off came my gardening gloves to click the photo.
The next morning while the potato rows were growing, two by two 🙂 I set too and planted a row of peas.. Growing in the cold frame.
These I set in rows of three.. And boy did I know about it with my knees and back.
Once the row was set, Hubby helped me put metal steaks in and we put wire netting either side of them. This is for support when they grow
Remember the sweater I was knitting and making up as I went along with left over yarns.. Well hubby took a photo of me wearing it as the peas we netted and I was raking the footprints we had made…
Another morning I put the nets in place along the trellis which was where for years we have grown loganberries.. But as these have not been there best for several years, so we decided to dig them out in the autumn.. And I had a plan to plant sweet peas along the row… Hence my dismay in my last post when the mice got in and nibble their way through them… But my new plants are now growing and in the cold frame. This is where they are going.
The greenhouse on is still full of seedlings, brassica’s and leeks, lettuce etc.
Well my friends, that’s all for now Stay safe and well and See you next time.