May 2014


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Hello, I’m just popping in to say au revoir before I head off on my hols.

It has taken an absolute age to get this post on as WordPress is being a right pain at the moment. If you have had comments disappear on my previous post they probably ended up in my spam. Getting my photos uploaded was a nightmare but eventually I managed it.

Just a few images from my garden at the moment, there’s lots about to happen out there too, I just wish I could press the pause button until I come back so I don’t miss anything!

The top photo is of one the aquilegias the pesky snails didn’t eat, I do love aquilegias, they’re like little alien flowers.

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This is the geum I bought at the Garden Show, it has settled in nicely in it’s new place.

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So lovely people I shall ‘see’ you all soon, I’m off in search of some sunshine, it has been in short supply here today, that’s for sure!!

Take care! 😎

Patia Collage

This is Patia the last of my ‘May Girls’!

Her name is of Spanish gypsy origin and means ‘leaf’, she is a celebration of all the bright green, shiny, new leaves that are everywhere.

Patia along with all the other ‘May Girls’ will be listed in my Etsy shop today.

Pippin and Meadow will be listed at 10.00am (BST) and Suzie Sunshine, May and Patia will be listed at 10.00pm.

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Meadow Collage

Suzie Sunshine Collage

May Collage

Happy Thursday, happy weekend and thanks as always for being here with your lovely comments! 🙂

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I think if I were to be asked what my favourite month of the year is the answer would have to be May, all that greenery, all those blooms and blossoms and all that promise!

Nowhere better to see all of this than a walk in ‘my park’, would you like to join me for a little stroll?

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Beautiful cow parsley, loved by all!

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Still lots of bluebells.

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Wild garlic, not as pretty a scent as the bluebells but stunning all the same.

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Conkers in-the-making!

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Dandelions, before………………

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………………..and after!

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And the one arrival that says it’s definitely May, the beautiful hawthorn or mayflower, so, so pretty!

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How could that amazing blossom not inspire a new bunny!

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This is May, named after the month she was ‘born’ in and the gorgeous mayflowers that this lovely month brings!

Happy Tuesday lovely people! 🙂

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It has been a weekend of two parts and I don’t just mean the weather, the less said about it the better!

The Giro d’Italia has visited our wee country and my Hb being a keen cyclist has been in his element. After the Opening Ceremony on Thursday a time trial was held through the streets of Belfast City on Friday evening and then yesterday the cyclists headed to the north coast and then back to the city in a stage of over 200 km. Today they head off to Dublin before they return to Italy.

The really good thing about Saturday was that the cyclists went through the town of Antrim where very fortunately for me, Garden Show, Ireland was being held as well, so I too got to be in my element.

We watched the race and then headed into Antrim Castle Gardens to see the garden show.

I should warn you that there are a lot of flower photos ahead!!!

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Can you tell that I enjoyed myself! I loved the growers pavilion the displays were amazing and most of the plants in the displays were for sale. I bought one of those pretty little orange plants in the photo above, it’s a Geum, Princess Juliana, the colour is so beautiful, it really stood out in the display.

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There were some beautiful show gardens too with lovely planting.

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And all kinds of quirky little displays.

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It wasn’t just about plants and flowers either!

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Now as I mentioned at the beginning of this post (which seems a long time ago now) we have had a taste of Italy here this weekend and I don’t just mean the Italian ice cream I had yesterday afternoon!

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Here are all the cyclists (almost 200 of them) from all over the world cycling through Antrim yesterday. There has been a tremendous buzz about the Giro d’Italia coming here and almost everything has been turned pink, the colour of the winners jersey (maglia rosa).

Of course the garden show had to get in on the act too!

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So something for everyone this weekend!

Enjoy the new week ahead and thanks as always for visiting! 🙂

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The fields of oilseed rape are in full bloom at the moment and I have to say they are quite spectacular, the road that this field is on has fields of the crop on both sides and the colour is quite breath taking.

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The smell of the crop is not quite as nice as the colour though, it has a strange scent and I have to say I’m quite glad I don’t live beside the fields.

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I am a big fan of the oil that it produces though and as a vegetarian I think it makes the best roast potatoes!

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Lots of yellow in the garden too, which is just as well as the skies are still grey!!

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I found plenty of yellow in my latest park walk too.

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So why so much yellow today, well over on Facebook this week the lovely Emma of Hole House has been having a rainbow week with each colour of the rainbow being featured on a different day. I was asked if I would like to join in and as much as I would have loved to have had something for each day, that wasn’t possible so I picked Wednesday which was ‘yellow day’ as I have had a little girl that I wanted to make in my head for a while now and this was her time!

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I’d like you all to meet Suzie Sunshine!!

If you’re on Facebook why not pop over to Emma’s page and join in rainbow week, everyone is welcome.

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So if you are like us and the sun has been missing for a day or two I hope this has brought a little brightness to your day!

🙂 Happy Yellow Wednesday!!! 🙂

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Look at all this lovely greenery, waiting to be planted out, I have lots of pots and borders waiting on summer bedding and what is it doing on this bank holiday Monday in my part of the UK……..raining!!!!! Typical!

Hb is at home and we had planned to do some gardening today.

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This is my new sweet pea frame in my raised bed, just completed and waiting……….

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………for all these sweet pea plants which are raring to go but it’s pouring out there!!

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So then, let’s just have a look at what’s in bloom if actual gardening is out of the question!

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As I look at the rain running down the windows, I’m dreaming of summer meadows, buzzing bees and colourful flowers which are exactly the inspiration behind my latest bunny.

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This is Meadow! 🙂

Happy Monday, hopefully yours is a lot drier than ours. The sky is looking a little brighter, so maybe there is a little hope!

Have a great week!

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On another one of our days out last week we visited Antrim Castle Gardens, I have blogged about them before when we visited them last summer, you can find the post here.

This visit they were still sporting their springtime colours!

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They had a beautiful apple tree cordoned along a wall and it was in full bloom!

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After our visit to the gardens I managed to squeeze in a little visit to a craft shop (as you do!!) and inspired by the colours of the apple blossom I purchased some yarn and fabric to make a new little girl!

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This is Pippin!

As she was inspired by apple blossom, I looked at a list of apple names and the name Pippin just jumped out at me, I think the name suits her!!

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So here we are in a new month, how on earth did we get to May so quickly, I do love May though, everything is so green in May!

Thanks so much for all your visits and comments, I do love to hear from you.

Wishing you a lovely new month and a great weekend ahead! 🙂