62. How Does Your Garden Grow?

Towering Hollyhocks Batman!

Towering Hollyhocks Batman!

Dahlias

Dahlias

Dahlias

Dahlias

Dahlia (can you tell I love them a lot?)

Dahlia (can you tell I love them a lot?)

This week I'm focusing on my mother's garden. I feel totally at ease there, it's interesting and beautiful at the same time with a generous mix of bedded, potted plants and vintage oddments that make you want to keep mooching in every corner. I assumed that this sort 'look' not only take years to achieve but also a lot of money and some very careful planning, turns out I was wrong.

Beehive and plant pots

Beehive and plant pots

"That one there was £1 at the car boot" my mother tells me pointing to a sizeable pot of lavender (which I've seen for sale on my travels in the past week for around the £7.99 mark) ."And I bought three of those for £1, and that big one there for £3". Making the most of her local car boots and fetes in this way, my mother's managed to develop a well stocked garden for a fraction of the price of that which she could have spent at nurseries. 

Born to Garden sign - picked up  for FREE, as there was a little damage to the 'T' but easily fixed

Born to Garden sign - picked up  for FREE, as there was a little damage to the 'T' but easily fixed

Morina Longifolia - bought for £1 each, these will grow to around 20 inches high with tubular flowers, sometimes pink / white or red

Morina Longifolia - bought for £1 each, these will grow to around 20 inches high with tubular flowers, sometimes pink / white or red

Ozzy enjoying the garden

Ozzy enjoying the garden

Lions head - £10, from a chap who makes repro. garden bits, planters, birdbaths ect for ridiculously cheap prices.

Lions head - £10, from a chap who makes repro. garden bits, planters, birdbaths ect for ridiculously cheap prices.

White Hollyhocks

White Hollyhocks

More white Hollyhocks - for me one of the quintessential English Country Garden blooms

More white Hollyhocks - for me one of the quintessential English Country Garden blooms

I wish I could remember the name of this one

I wish I could remember the name of this one

Talking to her about how next year, post-impending-extension I'm going to be making a start on planting out my garden, I asked about what I should start planning now - after all up until now my relationship with plants has been very much through a camera lens. I was blown away by the revelation that she's not planned her garden at all, "I just buy a plant, bring it home and see where I've got room for it". And it really seems to work, this relaxed, non-planned placing of plants. Naturally she knows what needs to get full sunlight and what needs shade and so on, but on the whole it's a random approach that results in a homely and natural looking garden.

Chimney pot planter

Chimney pot planter

Railway lantern

Railway lantern

Terracotta Plant Pots

Terracotta Plant Pots

Watering Can & Plant Pots

Watering Can & Plant Pots

Striking colour

Striking colour

Schrader's Ltd, City London

Schrader's Ltd, City London

Even soft colours look lovely against the Summerhouse

Even soft colours look lovely against the Summerhouse

One feature of her garden that I love to bits is her summerhouse, reclaimed it's been erected and mothers been working on it ever since, much filling and painting, problem solving her way through negotiating with the 'quirky' corners that old buildings carry with them. These past few weeks work's been underway on getting the area surrounding the Summerhouse flagstoned, I love the result so far and can't wait to see it finished - I would love a space like this one day to sit out in and really enjoy my surroundings.

Inside the Summerhouse, the 5 mph table top still holds it own - even against the beautiful - and fake - flowers

Inside the Summerhouse, the 5 mph table top still holds it own - even against the beautiful - and fake - flowers

Summerhouse

Summerhouse

Vintage gardening equipment

Vintage gardening equipment

I love how she's placed vintage garden  tools up inside the top lip of the Summerhouse. These sit above the door on a shelf that spans the windowed sides. Here you can see: Top - A hedge cutter, Bottom left - a blackcurrant picker (I'm told you comb it through the bush and the berries collect in the bottom), Bottom middle - One of those bee-puffers that bee keepers use to calm them down and Bottom right - A sweetie tin.

Hollyhock & Summerhouse

Hollyhock & Summerhouse

Armed with these nuggets of information I am inspired moving towards next years gardening, this relaxed approach is so 'me', pretty obvious where I get that from isn't it? 

Artificial Flowers

Artificial Flowers

Thanks to all who joined in last week, I know the blogging world is always notoriously quiet at this time of year as people start to go offline to spend Summer with their families, so it's lovely that so many of you found the time to join in still. Some faves from last week include: It's a cow's bottom - but it's beautifula steep and fascinating gardenlying down and looking uproses and dragonfliesstill the prettiest clematis I've seen this yearan Australian garden vibefabulous fuchsias and blooooooms!

Thanks mum for showing me round again x

Manneskjur
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