Archive for October, 2013

Tomorrow is the day! ( Should I have scrubbed the letterbox?)

Only one more (short, probably) sleep! We’ve finished the paving, we’ve mowed the lawns, we’ve made signs, we’ve mulched, and we’re as ready as we’ll ever be. I’ve got a bit more to do tonight, setting up a display, and finishing some posters, but other than that, we’re all good. Please behave yourself tonight, puppy! Never have I worked so physically hard, in such rotten weather as this week, but I hope you all love the result. See you tomorrow!


I’ve been out picking the shelling peas and pruning the lemon tree. Some of the lemons I’ve brought in are a little green, but they’ll still make great lemon cordial, I’m sure.

The wonder dog is also a great lover of peas, and the ends of all my rows of peas are taking on a slightly chewed look!

With three sunny days on the way, I’m planning to do a big tidy of the veggie beds this weekend. Also, I’ve been busy paving out the front. Mr Gorgeous is keeping me in pavers as I use them all. This is just a temporary job to keep everybody safe on the 27th. We have some recycled bricks, the same as we used out the front that we’ll put in later, when the dust settles from Gardivalia.

The new drive way is now ready to drive on, although it looks a little stark without plants in the front garden.

Well, back to work for me!

In which we are now counting down days, not weeks

It’s getting so close. I really hope you all like my garden.  There are only 17 days until we open!

The peas have been cropping hugely, but these guys are all but finished. The shelling peas have just started, and I have two more rows of peas after those that are still coming on.


The  broad beans are in flower, and should start giving us beans in the next few weeks. There are even some little baby beans at the bottom. I’ve heard that broad beans will crop at the same time no matter when you plant them, so I’d be interested to hear if anyone else has them in, and what they’re up to. (Sorry about this photo – it’s too rainy to go out and take another!)20131006-205706.jpg
The brassicas are all but finished, and I’m starting to tidy up the bed for some of my tomatoes. This garden bed has my cheap and cheerful fence which keeps the dog out, but does make dumping barrow loads of mulch tricky, as there’s no gate.


 Mr Gorgeous has been quite proprietorial about his new garden bed, and has rigged up a quick version of the string fence which has been really effective in changing the dog’s habits. She can still get through the fence if she chooses, but she no longer goes flogging through at breakneck speed.
This is not what I imagined my front yard would look like with just over two weeks to go. We’re getting a new driveway, and I hope we can get it cleaned up in time! I’ve made lots of “mind your step” sign as a plan B, but I actually think we’ll be ready.20131008-104426.jpg
Finally, a quick pic of my lemon verbena which grows higher than my head each year. I prune it hard every winter, and then spend a month worrying that this time I’ve really killed it, but once again it’s on the way back, and I’ll be drinking lemon tea again in no time.