79. How Does Your Garden Grow?

Smashed terracotta pots 

Smashed terracotta pots 

Rain, rain and more rain this week. My garden is a veritable mud bath c/o the building work so photos are from the weekend just gone and my mum's garden in Gloucester. Oh how lovely it was to spend time away from building madness and enjoy a real garden.

Berries

Berries

Hands up, I admit I've been a little defeatist about the current soggy climate but a little hobble out yesterday (I've only gone and pulled a muscle in my back now!) left me realizing just how much I've missed being outdoors, enjoying the forest - and yes even the rain. Everything is so lush at the moment, there's what appears to be a bumper amount to fungi and it's made me remember what I love about the New Forest so much, how it changes so much from season to season.

Sorry I digress, back to my mother's garden. Below you can see one of my mums new troughs, brand new that is, made from taking a mould from an original old stone trough by a chap she knows - and for a fraction of the cost. My mum has painted them over with yoghurt to help algae age them quicker.

  New troughs, brand new that is, made from taking a mould from an original old stone trough and for a fraction of the cost. Paint with yoghurt to help algae age them quicker.  

 

New troughs, brand new that is, made from taking a mould from an original old stone trough and for a fraction of the cost. Paint with yoghurt to help algae age them quicker.

 

New troughs, brand new that is, made from taking a mould from an original old stone trough and for a fraction of the cost. Paint with yoghurt to help algae age them quicker.

New troughs, brand new that is, made from taking a mould from an original old stone trough and for a fraction of the cost. Paint with yoghurt to help algae age them quicker.

Below: My mum pops pennies into the birdbath to keep the water clear for much longer, though it must be pure copper, so pre 1980 pennies are ideal. The one you see below was a dirty old one and has become shiny from being outside in the elements in water.

Copper penny in bird bath

Copper penny in bird bath

Orange berries

Orange berries

Berries

Berries

Water in terracotta pots

Water in terracotta pots

Mums garden path

Mums garden path

Do you recall how last week I spied somethings that turned out to be bee skeps at The Lost Garden of Heligan? Well another example of how small a world it is, look what my mum picked up at a local car boot sale for £30 this week!

Bee skep

Bee skep

It needs a bit of TLC in places but it's a fine thing.

Bee skep

Bee skep

Bee skeps

Bee skeps

Growing in pots

Growing in pots

Purple berries

Purple berries

Many thanks to all who joined in last week, I do appreciate that at this time of year it begins to get a bit harder to share all things gardeny. Some faves linked up include: Doris's kids enjoying a garden, Helen's planting, the *gasp* first frost for Rosie, Kirsty's taste of Scotland, big garden changes for Sara with a new play space and belated summer adventures from Charmaine.

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