garden & greenhouse


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Well I have to be honest July has been a bit of a wash out and my poor garden has spent quite a bit of it drenched.

It’s not been great for the roses or poppies, they just can’t cope with that much rain and I have a greenhouse full of green tomatoes as there hasn’t been enough sun to ripen them, they are only now beginning to turn!

During the past two years July has been a lovely month here and August has been the wet month, I’m hoping this year after all the rain that August will behave itself!!

So I’m sharing some images of my garden that I’ve taken throughout the month on the drier days when I could get out there.

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Thanks as always for visiting.

Happy weekend & happy August, fingers crossed for a dry and sunny one with lots more gardening time! :)

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Busy bees are quite difficult to photograph, they aren’t very good at staying still and posing, I have only managed to get a few photos on our travels during the month and in my own garden.

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This little bee however was much easier to photograph, this is Melissa, her name comes from the Greek and means ‘bee’.

bee bunny Collage

Since I started making my bunnies I’ve realised that over the past four years, I’ve made a ‘bee girl’ each year!

β€œIf the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” Albert Einstein

Whether Mr Einstein was right or wrong and I must agree it does all sound very logical to me, we have to look after our bees!

Thanks as always for dropping by, have a wonderful weekend. :)

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We have a little garden,
A garden of our own,
And every day we water there
The seeds that we have sown.

We love our little garden,
And tend it with such care,
You will not find a faced leaf
Or blighted blossom there.

by Beatrix Potter

I’m not sure about the last two lines but I do try my best!!!

One thing is for sure I do love my garden and especially at this time of year when there is something new to be found every day.

So today I’m sharing my June garden….June loves the garden and the garden loves June!!!

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Thank you so much for visiting today, wishing you all a wonderful July! :)

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It’s bluebell time again and ‘my park’ is blue with them…..so, so beautiful!!!

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The wild garlic is in bloom too…..

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…..as are the lovely marsh marigolds.

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The bluebells are out in my garden too, not native ones but lovely all the same.

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I have strawberries-in-the-making.

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And lots of other pretties too!

I’m so glad I got to see the bluebells in bloom before I go off on my holidays tomorrow, I know that by the time I get back they will all be over for another year…so pretty but so brief.

Something else that has been growing over the past couple of weeks……

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…..the May Girls!

So my friends I will ‘see’ you all soon, take care, I’ll still be on Instagram if you wish to keep up with me!

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Γ  bientΓ΄t :)

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I love how the garden evolves throughout spring, the daffodils are almost over now and sad as it was to see them go, it is time for the tulips to take centre stage and boy do they do it in style!

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I just love the centre of this tulip!

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One of the last remaining daffodils.

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It is of course forget-me-not time, how on earth could we forget these little beauties?

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The violas are one of the plants that just keep going from late winter right through spring, they seem to have got their second wind at the moment.

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This a new acquisition, I just couldn’t resist it, the florets are about 9 cm across, it is very beautiful.

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This beauty is honesty, I grew it from seed and it is ever so pretty, in fact so pretty that it inspired my new bunny!

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Meet Honesty, she is my very first lop bunny and she has lots of pretty little white flowers on her dress and cardie just like the gorgeous honesty in my garden.

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So here we are at the beginning of what I think is the loveliest month of the year, May is so green and lush and pretty.

Thanks as always for popping by, have a wonderful weekend and a fantastic May! :)

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Spring wouldn’t be spring without a ‘blossom and blue sky’ photo, would it!

If you look closely I even managed to capture a jet too.

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There is a ‘tag’ doing the rounds on Instagram at the moment where you are asked to give twenty facts about yourself so that everyone finds out a little more about you.

Having taken part in it on IG I thought it might be fun to share it here on the blog too.

Apologies to any blog friends who are also IG friends and have heard it all before.

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1. I’ve been married for almost 34 years (to the same man ;) ).

2. I have two amazing grown-up children, a son and a daughter and now a lovely son-in-law too.

3. I have been a full time mum for most of my life but before kids I worked in a bank. I hated it, there is nothing creative about banking!

4. I have always loved numbers, maths was my favourite subject at school. This was probably how I ended up in a bank and also why I love amigurumi crochet so much, lots of counting!

5. I’m a committed vegetarian, I believe all animals have a right to a long happy life.

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6. I abhor cruelty to animals.

7. I love flowers especially sunflowers.

8. Green is my favourite colour.

9. Rabbits are my favourite animals.

10. 8 + 9 = how I got my name.

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11. I’m a chocoholic!

12. I’m brutally honest, a good friend once said I was honest to the point of bluntness!

13. I could quite happily eat pasta every day.

14. I couldn’t live without mascara or handcream.

15. Raspberry Beret by Prince is my favourite song.

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16. Apart from my home, my most favourite place to be is the south of France.

17. I’m left-handed.

18. I believe that The Lion King is the best film ever.

19. I love Springtime.

20. My garden is my sanctuary.

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I’m sure there are a few things in there that you already knew about me but it was a bit of fun to do.

Maybe some of you reading this would like to join in too!

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All the photos in this post are of what has been going on in my garden and craft room today.

Thanks as always for dropping by and for all your much appreciated comments, enjoy the rest of your week! :)

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In my last post I hoped for better weather, well my wish came true, we really couldn’t have had better weather for Easter and with my Hb off for the week we made the most of our days.

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After a lovely lunch out on Easter Sunday we headed to Hillborough Forest park for a walk, where nature was beginning to wake up.

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We took a walk around the historic village of Hillsborough too, this is the Queen’s official residence in Northern Ireland.

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Divis Mountain, the highest peak in the Belfast Hills was our destination on another day out.

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And as you can see we made to the summit (that makes it sound like Everest!), not too hard really and the thought of the flask of tea and the chocolate Easter egg in my Hb’s backpack to enjoy at the top, spurred us me on!!

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The views of Belfast city from the top of Divis are pretty amazing!

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If you’ve ever flown into Belfast International Airport you will flown round behind this mountain and if you’ve never flown into Belfast International, then why not???? Come and visit us, it’s lovely here and we’re very friendly! :)

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On another daytrip we drove through Carrickfergus on our way to Whitehead, Carrickfergus has a brilliant Norman castle.

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Belfast Lough looked almost Mediterranean on that day!!

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In Whitehead they like to paint their houses pretty colours, some bright and ………………

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……………….some pastel.

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This is Portmore Nature Reserve which is run by the RSPB, it was on the BBC’s Countryfile programme a few weeks back where they featured Irish Hares which are flourishing there. We thought we would pay them a visit in the hope of seeing some. Sadly not, the hares live beyond the lapwings breeding area and no one was getting anywhere near that at this time of year and rightly so, I would have liked to have seen the hares though.

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On the way back from Portmore we drove around the shore of Lough Neagh, the grasses were very pretty in the sunshine.

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The gorgeous weather has meant some garden time too which has been great.

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There have even been opportunities for some stash enhancement over the past week too because you know how it is, I have very little yarn! ;)

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And of course I have made time for some bunny making as well, with a start made on the April Girls.

All in all it has been a lovely Easter with temperatures reaching 20 degrees C on most days, my favourite time of year was certainly everything I hoped it would be.

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