88. How Does Your Garden Grow?

Summer house

Summer house

Regular joiners-in will recognise instantly where this weeks HDYGG photos come from, my Mother's garden. I always LOVE visiting my mums garden (and my mum of course - hi mum!) Because she lives in Gloucestershire and I in the New Forest, I don't ever get to just 'pop over' to say hello and have a quick cuppa. It also means that I don't see her garden often, maybe once a month if I am lucky. Therefore it's always changed noticeably from visit to visit and everytime I get to re-explore it and see new things that have been added and that have grown.

inside the summer house

inside the summer house

I am rather taken with these 'fake' flowers and as you can see my mum has been feeding the birds and has plans to make a DIY squirrel / pigeon proof feeder where the outer cage is an up-turned hanging basket. My mum's also been getting creative, making shelving from old ladders, cut in half and bolted together in a triangle shape for the frame, with scaffold board as the shelves. I might do this myself, as we've an abundance of scaffold boards here, and paint it cream.

Homemade shelving for the garden

Homemade shelving for the garden

Elsewhere in the garden...

broken pots

broken pots

watering cans

watering cans

tin baths

tin baths

Mackintosh Bros Ginger Beer

Mackintosh Bros Ginger Beer

I hadn't heard of Snowflakes before. A sort of huge Snowdrop this one stood about 10 inches tall.

Snow flake

Snow flake

feed the birds

feed the birds

And finally these were shown to me in the garden, though technically not garden items I thought you would like them. Old three penny bits.

three penny pieces

three penny pieces

three penny pieces

three penny pieces

I love looking at objects that have been around for early 100 years like these. Inevitably I end up wondering how many hands have held them, what they bought in their time and how I wish they could speak! I feel really sad when I hear people dismissing 'old' things.

I've borrowed some interesting vintage gardening books from my mum which I might well share next week, but I head off to Kenya tomorrow so you never know I may come back with a few African garden shots if I am really lucky, though somehow I doubt.


Thanks to everyone who joined in last week, it seems Spring is en route! Some faves include: Katie's twisted willow, hints fo Spring from Rosie and Gemma, a stroll round Bloomsbury's Squares with Stephanie, roses with Claudia and butterflies in Wisley's glasshouse with Victoria.

How Does Your Garden Grow

NB: don't feel obliged to use the badge - and talking of which I guess I should really make a more Spring-like one soon! *excited face*