74. How Does Your Garden Grow?

Giant poppies at Exbury Gardens
Giant poppies at Exbury Gardens

As I sit in a pile of virtual photos it dawns on me that I have taken a dozen times more photos that I've shared, garden photos in a backlog that I really must share before the seasons move on again. Today I've pulled the randomiser switch on the side of my pooter (what?! that's totally a real thing) and am sharing photos from a few future posts, from here, there and beyond. And before I begin I'm getting terribly British and saying... ' What lovely weather we're having!'

Lettuce growing
Lettuce growing

Two weeks in and my Rocket Garden is thriving, especially the lettuce and rocket (see above) I can't believe how well it's coming along. Big thanks to my neighbour Alex for loaning me her cloche to keep out cats at night. I'm feeling immense pride in actually planting something that's grown!

Curled ferns
Curled ferns

In Grandad's garden the ferns are nearly totally unfurled (see above), I've found myself becoming a bit obsessed with them truth be told. And although they are everywhere and not the showiest thing I still have a lot of love for the forget-me-nots.

forget-me-nots
forget-me-nots
Lavender
Lavender

Lavender is growing now the bees will be pleased. Do you remember the huge oak tree in grandads garden which had the giant beefsteak mushroom all round the bottom of it? Well it rotted the tree clean through at at 5am one morning they awoke to an almighty thud as it came down, luckily going across the quiet country lane outside their house and not onto their house. It took days to clear and chop up, now to dry it for at least a year and then we'll be toasting our toes over it in the woodburner at Christmas 2015.

logs
logs

A rare glimpse of Papasaurus as he fixes Grandad's ride on mower...

Fixing a ride on mower
Fixing a ride on mower

Yesterday Kitty and I enjoyed a impromptu trip to local Exbury Gardens after school, oh it's looking beautiful, we both had the best time - and I might have been spottedattempting a cartwheel. *note to self I am too old for such antics*

The Sundial Garden is our favourite spot at Exbury, because it's not only beautiful but a great place to stop for a sit down, chat and a cheeky Danish pastry. I have no idea what this plant is, but I love it, does anyone know?

Honeysuckle already smelling wonderful.

Honeysuckle, Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens
Honeysuckle, Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens
Honeysuckle, Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens
Honeysuckle, Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens

Can you spot what that was in the background there - yes, prepare yourselves for Wisteria Hysteria!

Wisteria, Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens
Wisteria, Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens
Wisteria, Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens
Wisteria, Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens
Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens
Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens
Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens
Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens
Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens
Sundial Garden at Exbury Gardens

And finally, a couple from my mums garden, this one because I took it on a jaunty angle, one of those 'quick snap' shots, without paying proper attention but actually I rather love it...

English Country Garden
English Country Garden

And I'll leave you with these antique plant labels (that's probably not the right word) that mother picked up from a car boot sale at a bargain price.

Antique plant labellers
Antique plant labellers