Glorious Summer In The Garden

Summer is flitting in and out at the moment. In the morning she may be firmly here, and my cardigan is shed before the school run is complete, yet that very same afternoon I shiver my way up the road, having under-estimated the change in temperature. Sometimes summer days call for heading out on an adventure, but other times we make the most of it in our little garden.

We are loving watching the garden bloom. We have only had a garden for just over a year, after five years without – and while I am still lacking the urge to weed, and my green fingers are still decidedly, well, un-green, we do love being able to enjoy the sunny weather by simply stepping out of the back door.

 

red tulip

 

Me and my boys planted bulbs in October last year, and we have been so excited watching them come into bloom. I am especially enamoured with the tulips, big and fat with colour, quite unlike the smaller pastel versions I gather in bunches from the florists. The lilac bush is blooming now, and the mock orange has it’s lime green summer coat on. The first of the roses are in flower. The lawn has been overwhelmed by dandelions, I should probably care, but I love their downy clocks, ready to be blown.

 

dandelions

in the garden

first roses of summer

 

I love being able to nip out into the garden and enjoy lunch al-fresco. I mostly work from home, and sometimes I realise that from getting in from the school run, to heading out again at the other end of the day, I have not taken any time to appreciate the weather. In fact sometimes I have closed the shutters on it, so that I can still see the screen on my computer as I scurry through deadlines while the boys are at school. In order to make sure I don’t miss out, I try to eat outside when the weather is good. I either sit on the bench or drag out a garden friendly rug, and make sure I take half an hour in the sunshine. Fresh soups make a great lunch for me – I am terrible at making the effort when it comes to feeding just myself, and if I don’t have something quick and healthy in the fridge, I resort to raiding the biccie tin. Thank goodness for Glorious Foods rescuing me from my sins with their range of SkinnyLicious soups – tasty, nutritious and healthy, eaten in the sunshine with a good book for company – perfect.

 

skinnylicious soup

 

And of course we can play outside too. Sometimes we drag out big sheets of paper and get the paint out – no panicking about staining the carpets that way! Or one of Syd’s current favourites is going on a mini-beast hunt, we tip rocks over to find colonies of woodlice, keep our eyes peeled for the colourful flickers of movement from butterflies and dragonflies, and put snails safely back in the borders before we tread on them on the lawn.   And we drag out the play tray and fill it with water, and tip it between brightly coloured beakers and get our toes wet.

 

playing in the garden

 

Having your own patch of outdoor space really helps make summer glorious. I love watching the changes the seasons bring, and spring and summer have to be the most exciting, as flowers bloom and birds nest and all of nature comes back to life,

Love Miss Cisco XXX

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8 Comments

  1. May 30, 2016 / 10:44 am

    What stunning photos. Your garden looks gorgeous. We are currently in the process of buying a hosue and I can’t wait to have a garden of my own again. I’ve got all these grand plans but like you I’m not sure I’m as green fingered as I’d like to be! Happy bank holiday Monday!

  2. May 30, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    Gorgeous flowers, Sonya! My Mum planted some beautiful purple tulips’ bulbs last autumn, and they gave me so much pleasure this May, alas, they are starting to dry up and shrink now. Mini-beast hunt with Syd sounds like great fun!

  3. May 30, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Superb photos, the colours look amazing x

  4. May 31, 2016 / 9:34 am

    Rain is back today 🙁
    What a colourful garden! The pictures are awesome. I wish I have a garden like this but I’m not green fingered, and with my 2nd-floor flat it’s not possible.

  5. May 31, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    Your garden looks beautiful! I love watching our garden keep changing too. I always eat lunch outside for about six months of the year, for the same reasons you do. I work inside, sometimes with the light on, with no fresh air. It’s so nice to have fresh air and a change of scene in the middle of the day.

  6. Hannah
    May 31, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    Those pictures of the flowers are incredible – share with me your skills!

  7. May 31, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    Dandelions are driving me mad at the moment, our garden looks half dead as just attempted to kill them all. I’m
    Looking forward to having a patio laid soon

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