So last time I wrote about how things were going in the garden I said I was considering hiring a gardener – as the borders we had inherited were out of control and in need of a good sort out by someone who knew what they were doing. Initially I changed my mind and thought, no, I CAN do this myself. Well, I spent 90 minutes clearing the tiniest patch before realising that I was going to be here until Christmas if I did it my way, so I called in some help!
I have to say it is one of the best £75 I have spent. Not only did my lovely gardening chap clear all the borders so I have a fresh start – he also took time to tell me what things were and how best to look after them. I now feel a little better prepared than I was, and can at least manage to keep the weeds down now it is obvious what should be there and what shouldn’t!
I have even started doing some planting with the boys. Our first foray was a bit of a disaster – I bought some French Marigolds, which when my Dad visited the next day he took one look at and said “Pretty slug food those”. Well, he was right, and within 5 days all I had left was stalks!
Before attempting anything else I took to google, which recommended osteospermum (which my 11 year old is calling Ostrich Sperm!) as being pretty and not so tasty for slugs. They have been in a couple of weeks now and no signs of nibbling. They add a lovely bit of lower height colour to the border. Any more recommendations for colourful stuff slugs leave alone gratefully received!
We also planted a dwarf lavender, which seems to be settling well and is just starting to show us a hint of the purple flowers to come, and I am looking forward to the smell. Speaking of smells, the lilac bush has been in full bloom the last couple of weeks, bringing a gorgeous scent to the garden.
And the biggest joy of a new garden is seeing it come into bloom. I had no idea what was here really, but this last couple of weeks has seen a plethora of plants burst into flowering colour, and many more buds waiting to offer up their glory. Apologies for the excessive number of pretty pictures that now follow!
And finally, my 18 year old daughter does not normally let me near her with a camera – but she has her own blog these days (do take a look, it is full of prettyness!) and needed someone to take some pictures of her for a Prom hair style post – the bonus being I got these simply stunning pics of her in the garden, which I am currently horrifying her by threatening to get put on canvas. A very pre-Raphaelite feel I thought!
We have still been really enjoying having an outdoor space – especially Syd, who is particularly fond of making slime and mud pies out there. Am looking forward to some more summery weather though, so we can go for a bit of al fresco eating and maybe set up a paddling pool!
Love Miss Cisco XXX
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