90. How Does Your Garden Grow?


First up breaking HDYGG news...

'Show me the Colour' Seed Swap

Sign up to send and receive a packet of flower seeds which can be sown indoors and spread some colour and happiness!

Many of us are hankering more colour, and a few readers have suggested seed swaps in the past so I thought this might be nice...

A really easy little HDYGG community-spirited indoor growing project, simply sign up to send and receive a packet of flower seeds which can be sown indoors in March (could then be planted outdoors later in the year once established if you like).

Sign up before 16th February and I'll be in touch soon after with the name and address that you will need to send your seed choice to! 

Handy info: Seed: sowing indoors from the RHS


Red berries of Skimmea Japonica

Red berries of Skimmea Japonica

bring colour to winter

bring colour to winter

Number 90! 90! We must start thinking about what to do to celebrate the big 100... Anyhoo back to this weeks HDYGG. I've been out in my own garden staring at the ground where I planted the Spring bulbs back at the end of last year and as yet, nothing, nada, nil, zilch. Apart from the sight of me stroking my chin and frowning at the ground that is...

Last weekend I went to visit my mother and took the opportunity to have a mooch about to see what she and her garden have been up to of late.

My mum is Queen of Hammerite and a top fixing-things-upper, like this cast iron sewing machine base. This is one of two in her garden and she tells me that they make great planter bases. The trough on top is not actually stone but a Styrofoam affair, giving it the look of Hypertufa and making it much lighter. My mum bought some of these several years ago and though they were sold 'ready ages' they have gone on to age more form being out in the elements since. I can't wait to see colourful blooms poking up from there.

Handy info: I found this nifty guide for making your own Hypertufa from the Alpine Garden Society.

cast-iron sewing machine bases make nice garden planter bases

cast-iron sewing machine bases make nice garden planter bases

catkins

catkins

My love affair continues with terracotta pots. Well it's less of a love affair and more like a fevered obsession...

pots, pots and more pots

pots, pots and more pots

box of terracotta pots

box of terracotta pots

And of course I can't possibly not sneak in a snowdrop photo...

clump of snowdrops

clump of snowdrops

Over on the lawn, my mum has quite the collection on the go for future gardening work.

These big chunks of stone you see below are for a rockery section she's started. She picked those big bits up at a local garden center, 3 for a tenner, pick your own job

I really must take more time to get some more photos of these old tin baths and watering cans next time I visit. The base of one of those baths would make a great photo background *cogs start turning*.

tin baths and watering cans

tin baths and watering cans

Below  you can see part of the huge weighing scales that sit outside my mums kitchen. Old Avery scales, formerly used as potato sack weighing scales, I can't wait to see what she does with them.

avery potato sack weighing scales

avery potato sack weighing scales

lovely red berries

lovely red berries

And finally a sneak peek inside a book that I'll be sharing more from soon, I can't express just how much I am longing for blossom now - hurry up Spring!

Sweet-scented flowers and fragrant leaves book

Sweet-scented flowers and fragrant leaves book

A big thank you to all who joined in last week, you are the die-hards who keep on sharing even when there isn't much colour or sunshine about, I am pinning an imaginary badge of honour to your left booby now... *pins*

So faves from last week include: Sara's hardcore snow and killer icicles,  Charmaine's crunchy frost, a stark contrast from Claudia and her look round Kenny's garden and finally, the award for 'Rudest sounding title' that had me chortling away, Stephanie getting up close to her Fatsia.

How Does Your Garden Grow