How Does Your Garden Grow – Part the Two

I have now been a garden *owner (*renter) for just over 4 weeks, and I cannot say that my knowledge has increased much since my last post. One thing I can tell you about how my garden grows, is that it is fast at this time of year. Some rain and some glorious sunshine have seen it spring to life, and now I am more lost than ever as to where to start with the overgrown borders, and am actually considering hiring a gardener for a few hours to give it a tidy and hopefully impart some wisdom along the way. Or should I just grab a hoe and go for it?! Have a hoedown as it were.


Not sure where to start with these borders!

Not sure where to start with these borders!


What has been utterly brilliant is just the sheer being there of it. The easter holidays were blessed with delightful weather in week two, and we spent much of it in our new outdoor space. I am hanging washing out and enjoying it (not long til the novelty wears off I am sure). And my gnome finally has a home.


Have had this freaky gnome for years, now he finally has a garden to live in!

Have had this freaky gnome for years, now he finally has a garden to live in!


Syd simply adores his garden and spends as much time outside as possible at the moment. He planted some seeds with his Daddy and is checking them each morning for signs of growth. So far we have tomato sprouts but no sign of the strawberries. They are both germinating on the kitchen window ledge currently, and will have to buy some netting before planting out as our garden is full of birds.


seed planting


patting seeds


watering the seeds


In fact the garden is positively teeming with life. As well as all the birds, enormous bumble bees fill the garden with their reverberating buzz. We have been blessed with tens of butterflies fluttering and all manner of beetles and flying things. One of our most exciting things at the moment is we have a blackbird nesting in a bush. We all like to check in on her daily as she sits on those eggs, and are eagerly listening out for the chirps of hungry babies. Actually one of my concerns tackling the borders is that the wildlife obviously loves it, and I don’t want to send them packing along with the weeds!


butterfly in garden


fly on flower


nesting blackbird

So despite not knowing what we are doing just yet, we are certainly loving our garden, especially now the sun is shining,
Love Miss Cisco XXX


  1. April 17, 2015 / 10:58 am

    Ah lovely! It’s been a fab couple of weeks for enjoying the garden, it almost becomes another ‘room’ of the house doesn’t it? Kit and Ozzy have spent more time out than in this past week and seem much happier for it.
    Tackling borders that need attention always seems daunting but a couple of hours work out there makes a huge difference and you stand back and see how much better it looks at it spurs you on to do more. Addictive!
    Thanks for joining in again Sonya x
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  2. April 17, 2015 / 11:36 am

    What a beautiful garden, they’re always so beautiful in spring. I’m glad you’re enjoying being a garden owner 🙂
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  3. April 17, 2015 / 3:15 pm

    How lovely, and what great weather we are happening. Strawberries would be really exciting. We used to have blackcurrants and gooseberries in our garden growing up and I loved them!

  4. April 17, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    it is so delightful seeing you settling so well into your new home. I don’t think you can ever tire of washing on the line in the sunshine and birds and other gorgeous signs of life.
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  5. April 17, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    It’s so lovely when the kids get involved with gardening. Fred’s favourite thing is digging for worms in the compost bin at the moment!
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  6. April 17, 2015 / 8:23 pm

    Oh i so wish I had a garden like yours Sonya rented or not rented! Looking forword to see what it is to come x
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  7. April 17, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    Looks like you are really enjoying the garden. I love this time of year as we get outside more, especially warm days x
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  8. April 17, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    What a lovely garden. I cant wait until we have a house with a garden so I can get the kids involved in planting etc
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  9. April 18, 2015 / 12:19 am

    What a lovely looking garden – I can’t decide though if I love your gnome or if I’m scared of him lol. x
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  10. April 18, 2015 / 7:32 am

    P.S. Love your gnome!!!

  11. April 18, 2015 / 8:05 am

    You garden looks lovely, some great colours going on and in the summer it will be fab to sit back and enjoy your hard work while the kids play. Our garden is very low maintenance – just grass with a few pots – as we aren’t very green fingered. x
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  12. April 18, 2015 / 8:36 am

    I must say I’ve been considering a gardener to get mine under control too – it’s just gone crazy and I should have stopped it a bit sooner!
    Looks like you’re having so much fun with your garden though – lovely to see Syd checking on his seeds and how exciting to have a nesting blackbird.
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  13. April 18, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    Glad to hear that Creepy is no longer gnomeless! I moved into my house six years ago, after being garden-less for the preceding eight years, and I STILL enjoy the novelty of hanging out washing!
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  14. April 19, 2015 / 2:46 pm

    The gnome is awesome! It’s so lovely to see the butterflies back too – summer is nearly here x

  15. April 19, 2015 / 3:50 pm

    i am sure you will get he hang of what you are doing soon i am self taught in the garden and still learning x
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  16. April 19, 2015 / 4:05 pm

    So exciting inheriting a garden and seeing what pops up out of the soil. I reckon you should sit back and enjoy it for now, live with it a bit before you decide what you want to change – most things are happiest being pruned before they start growing in Spring, so that’s a good excuse if you need one!
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  17. April 20, 2015 / 11:39 am

    omg im soo excited that we have a new garden to plan and design for this year im asking for it to be flattened , gravelled in areas for dogs, re grassed for the children and decked for us adults , im not very green fingered but we do have an allotment at the end of our garden also

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