How Does Your Garden Grow The Third

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!


Our garden with tidier borders now!

Our garden with tidier borders now!


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!


large pink rose

large purple flower

mock orange and bee


pale yellow roses

rose bud

rose buds

sweet williams


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!

betsy in the garden

my daughter and lilac

betsy in the shrubbery!



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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  1. June 4, 2015 / 9:40 am

    I’m a firm believer in paying for a service (if you can afford it!) some tasks are just overwhealming! Such gorgeous photos of your daughter, and of the flowers in your garden too!
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  2. June 4, 2015 / 10:30 am

    what a gorgeous garden, the photographs are beautiful. If I had a garden and I really wish I did, I would save up money to get someone to do the really tricky bits for me. I would love to have a little fruit and veg patch
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  3. June 4, 2015 / 2:14 pm

    One of the joys of having a new garden is discovering what grows throughout the year. In the past I have used marigolds as collateral damage!
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  4. June 4, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    Your daughter is a beaut. You garden is looking great. Bad news about the slugs though. I have a few hostas and the slug feast on them if given the chance. I have become a slug mass murderer to save it! x
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  5. Hannah Staveley
    June 4, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    Love your garden so amazing wish could make mine like this.

  6. June 4, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    We have a gardener now which really makes a difference, although I do need to get out and do some additional work. Especially wonderful shot with your daughter and the sunlight behind her.
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  7. June 5, 2015 / 8:27 am

    oooh your garden is amazing ooh that brick wall ohhh your daughter beautiful
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  8. June 5, 2015 / 8:49 am

    It looks fantastic. I am at a real loss with mine. I’ve spent a few hours attempting to weed, but I’m barely scratching the surface and the damn things just keep growing! I really want a gardener!
    Those pictures of your daughter are stunning. Tell her you will need that canvas to remind you of her when she’s at uni!
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    • June 5, 2015 / 9:54 am

      I am so pleased I got someone in – in theory it was a one off to get me to a point where I can manage myself from now on, but we will see!!

  9. June 5, 2015 / 11:40 am

    Your garden is beautiful and your photos are great. I have no idea about gardening and I’d love to get a gardener in to sort ours out but my husband reckons he can do it. So it’s just all overgrown!
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  10. June 5, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    my garden is not very green at all , i am going to try and add some green shortly though

  11. June 5, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    such a lovely selection of flowers and yes it really does help to get some help in to create a canvas to work from

  12. June 6, 2015 / 7:59 am

    It sounds like paying someone to sort out the borders was a smart move. Your garden is looking lovely and it must feel so great to have a fresh start. I am looking forward to having the same next year when hopefully I will have a nice garden of my own.
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  13. June 6, 2015 / 3:23 pm

    Oh my she is beeeee-eautiful, lovely to get photos like that Sonya. You must be thrilled with the garden now, so much colour too – the stress of finding a house must be fading away as you enjoy and settle in more 🙂
    Good call on the gardener – something I might well think about myself!
    Thanks for joining in again lovely x

  14. June 7, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    We are thinking of getting as some-one to do some strimming for us as I can no longer handle our big strimmer and Simon is too busy – it’ll be good to see some of the messy stuff gone.
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  15. June 8, 2015 / 5:23 pm

    What a lovely garden you have, the borders are so mature and it must be lovely not knowing what’s coming next. Your daughter is absolutely beautiful too 🙂
    Amy x

  16. June 18, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    my goodness! it must be so exciting to watch a new garden come alive! your daughter is so beautiful! i hope she lets you take pictures more often now. 🙂
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  17. June 29, 2015 / 1:33 pm

    Gosh – well worth every penny! Your garden looks fantastic! Beautiful daughter too! Kaz x
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