Dreaming in the garden

I’ve really missed being out in the garden this week. The weather hasn’t been great, and when the sun has been shining, James has been in a cuddly, needs to go to bed soon mood. Ah, that lovely evening sunshine! Such a pity. When I have been outside the birds have been singing, and I noticed there might be a family of starling in our just-blossoming honeysuckle. 

We did pop outside for a while to weed a border and sprinkle some tiny flower seeds in the freshly-turned soil. James spent the entire time repeating that bugs can’t hurt him, so it was a quick visit to the garden, useful, and necessary, I think. 

Since I spent time pulling out all the brambles, our camellia bush has flowered, as though to say thank you for not being strangled anymore. 

I do miss my lavender, though Rob has promised to buy a new one, since he uprooted the old one and it did not enjoy being repotted, and the other herbs have gone mad in their corner this year. 

  rosemary in flower 
So I’ve been dreaming and planning of how to improve our little plot. I think I’d love some ferns, because they are so bright, green and lush. They also remind me of holidays in the New Forest when I was a child. We saw an adder once among the bracken – wow! 

flowers dahlia zinnia fern

photos from WyeValeGardenCentres.co.uk

I like cheery flowers, though marigolds didn’t last the night when I planted them last year, so something more hardy but brightly coloured would be fab. Dahlias and zinnias are gorgeous, aren’t they?! 

I also really like this idea by ParentMap, who describe a number of edible flowers to grow with kids in this post

When we’ve got the garden sorted and the weather is nice, we do usually spend quite a bit of time outside. I would love James to get over his little thing of bugs, we seem to be on the way, and perhaps this lovely toddler garden area by Fantastic Fun and Learning would help? It’s essentially constructive mud playing!  

In past years we’ve enjoyed barbecues in the summer, and our kettle barbecue is a little past its best as it’s been outdoors over the winter. I love the look of this one from Next. It’s stylish and practical! 


next outdoor garden

photos from the Next website

I can well imagine filling this jug up with a delicious fruity cocktail, or mocktail if the kids are still awake, and spending a good evening in the garden before the sun goes down. 

And how fun does that nest look? 

Over on Instagram last week I watched as quite a few people were doing up their garden, and got garden envy! Here’s @thetwinklesmama’s lovely hyacinths

and @thereadingresidence’s acer:

Just absolutely gorgeous! 

And even Noah’s nappy has a garden theme! 

Now I just need the weather to perk up again so I can get outside to do our garden and enjoy it. 

Have a look at my Pinterest board for some inspiration for your own garden, or see what else I’ve been dreaming about for ours! Feel free too to send me some pins if you see any you think I should see for my garden board! 

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  1. May 15, 2015 / 8:54 am

    Aaah what an absolutely lovely post!! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing! And thanks so much for including my little pic! I was delighted to see those little hyacinths starting to bloom β€” it’s lovely when you can see your work paying off!

    By the way β€” my lovely friend and I are starting a new linky from next week. This kind of post would be perfect if you wanted to link up β€” it will be everything home and garden related! x

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

    • May 15, 2015 / 12:36 pm

      Lovely, I will pop along next week. Sounds like a great linky πŸ™‚ x

  2. May 15, 2015 / 12:06 pm

    Love that even Noah’s nappy is garden themed! You’ve some lovely ideas and I always like pops of colour in the garden. I adore my cut flower patch, and would always recommend those! I’ve just followed you on Pinterest, and I’ve a Project Garden board there which may offer some inspiration? Thanks for including one of my pics, too πŸ™‚ x

    • May 15, 2015 / 12:34 pm

      Brilliant, thank you, I shall follow that board!

  3. May 17, 2015 / 7:21 am

    Great post, I’m very focused on our allotment at the moment and I’m concentrating on flowers for the kids to plant and look after , so this was just what I was looking for. And how cute is Noah’s nappy! #nebloggers

    • May 17, 2015 / 2:15 pm

      An allotment sounds wonderful – somewhere to escape to and they are usually useful and beautiful. Great idea to get the kids involved.

  4. June 3, 2015 / 10:52 am

    I’ve missed being in the garden too this week, always hate being stuck inside when the weather is pants.
    Hopefully we might get that June heat that everyone’s been talking about?!
    I’ve loved reading about your garden inspiration and it’s given me some great ideas for ours. I do love bright and cheerful flowers too but our dog always digs them up! πŸ˜‰


  5. June 3, 2015 / 11:47 am

    Aaah thanks so much for sharing my little pic of the hyacinths!!:) I was so pleased when you asked! My Camelia didn’t flower very well this year β€” yours was absolutely beautiful!! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for linking up with #HomeEtc x

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

  6. June 3, 2015 / 10:48 pm

    Oh I miss my garden too when the weather is bad and, we have not eaten out there nearly as much this year. Although I have become obsessed with putting anything that has begun to flower on Instagram ha! I agree Next have got lots of lovely garden things in at the moment! Fingers crossed we get back out there soon xx

    • June 3, 2015 / 11:40 pm

      Haha, I’m a bit like that too on my Instagram, but at the moment it’s anything Noah eats! I’m in danger of being told to bore off I think πŸ™‚ x

      • June 4, 2015 / 7:36 am

        Hehe!! I’m sure not but it is the little things eh?!?! Have a great day, I’m off to make sure I’m following you on Instagram now ha! X

  7. June 7, 2015 / 2:29 pm

    As I type this, it is beautiful outside today!! Yay! So hurrah for getting out again. I know what you mean, my mood and my actions are totally dictated by the weather and I love being outdoors! Yay for the Summer. Thanks for linking up – much appreciated πŸ™‚ Jess x #HomeEtc

    • June 7, 2015 / 11:58 pm

      Makes such a difference when the weather is good! Hopefully we are in for a run of it now.

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