I bought this little vase set to display some of my favourite bits and bobs from the garden and remind myself to keep getting out there. It is no secret that my love of gardening comes and goes. Although, after finally spending 3 weekends in a row at home, I think I am cracking the garden. My Dad who has always been my guide, is spending more time at his own allotment, which has forced me to take control. I am feeling very grown up, a little achey, and there is definitely a slightly smug feeling about the engrained dirt in my my hands as I sit here typing.
When my grubby fingers cease to make me smile, I have just the thing, after being invited to test the latest Crabtree and Evelyn products in the Nottingham store recently, I have a little giveaway. The magical Crabtree and Evelyn Gardeners 60 Second Hand Fix, and these gorgeous planters and gardening gloves thanks to WayfairUK, all you have to do is comment below.
Back to gardening…over the bank holiday we removed some long abandoned old plastic toys from the decking, (bar the football net) and now it makes the perfect place to lounge. My next project is mowing the lawn, but cut me some slack, I have been busy on other projects.
The kids now have an old sandpit each to use as a raised bed for their own gardening therapy times. They’ve planted peas and wild flowers so far in one and dug holes and made mud pies in the other. We made a little mud kitchen corner, with a plank and some old bricks – best thing ever in their book!
I love the garden at this time of year, when we moved in my Dad carefully uncovered what was already planted and added lots of herbs and bee attracting plants. I have gradually succumbed to natural looking, wild flowers and plants, after watching Chelsea Flower Show last night, I have come to the conclusion that’s my favourite style too. I did some weeding last weekend and rescued the chives, sadly the bluebells are dying back.
May is a magical time, the peonies always shoot up, it is is like they know it is my birthday on Friday.
And the jasmine, honeysuckle, rose and clematis over the wall in the yard area start to climb and take it in turns to bloom.
The Lily of the Valley are at their finest this month too, even after a heaving beating from the rain.
After threatening to do this for years, I finally dug a wide border along the hedge, I was fed up of the garden feeling lop sided, and of looking at the concrete slab path. This is a mix of plants I bought at a wildflower farm and those I rehomed which had seeded themselves and attempted to sprout in the wrong place – buddhlia and fennel are forever doing this. I might regret the buddhlia, knowing how fast it can grow, but right now we need shade. I even used some compost and fertlisier to give them a head start in this neglected strip of land. Gardening therapy levels were high after all the digging was done!
I am sad to see the end of the bluebells and the cowslips, but it is always exciting to see something you wouldn’t expect in a suburban garden, makes me feel like I am in a country wood.
I bought some succulents, and planted them in a wall, just as an experiment. I love how this purple flowering climber has taken root, and I am encouraging it to take over the whole wall.
The kids enjoyed planting some more in old tins, which look a bit bare currently – we want to paint them at some point, to add some colour. Garden projects and ideas are never ending!
My favourite is the fennel – we are always amazed by how fast it grows into a giant plant, up to 2.5m high, with stunning antenna like fronds. My kids love to eat the aniseed flavoured seeds like sweets. Or the alpine strawberries, which have just spread everywhere now, covering neglected patches of border with a supply of snacks.
So that’s my garden, its been a week of gardening blog posts, I’ve also picked out my favourite gardens at Chelsea Flower Show.
At the Crabtree and Evelyn event I was reminded me how lovely their products are, I first discovered their 60 second hand fix before my wedding, when I wanted my hands to look truly amazing.
Their Gardeners range, which I always buy for my Dad, is brilliant, he really rates it, as someone who does lots more gardening than me. The hand recovery scrub leaves your hands feeling amazing, and removes dead skin so that the hand therapy cream can really get to work. It really is miraculous how great it feels, and it really works – you won’t believe how smooth your hands feel. Plus they smell amazing too, a unisex but delicious scent – rosemary, sage and cucumber, a gardener’s dream.
So I have this 60 second fix for hands set, worth £25, plus these fabulous garden gloves and this Hill Interiors vase set from WayfairUK up for grabs this week. I think the vase set, which is £30.99, would be a gorgeous way to display home grown blooms and, like my little set I shared earlier, also serves as a great reminder to get out in the garden and water things!
These gorgeous Fallen Fruits gardening gloves have herbs on them, and a splash of lavender flowers and are perfect for keeping your hands protected. I am coming to the conclusion you can’t have enough pairs, I am always losing mine! These ones are £9.41.
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There is one prize of a set of Fallen Fruits Garden Gloves and Hill Interiors Planter Set from WayfairUK, Crabtree and Evelyn 60 Second Fix for Hands . The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
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