Our tiny shop garden ..

Is one of my very favourite places here, it’s minute, I mean ... really tiny, but somehow I manage to spend ages batting about in there.

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I made a very wonky and rickety chestnut paling fence, and a gate. Put down a few stone flags for a little path and edged it with drainage pipes ... and that’s it. My tiny bit of loveliness. 

I bought seeds from Sarah Raven and then had to ask a dear friend to grow them for me, due to having no space . Apparently I bought enough seeds to cover seven football pitches, for an area the size of an actual double bed.  

Scabious ..,

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are a classic British garden flower and are fab for their long flowering season, super vase  life and the added delight of the bees and butterflies loving them.  

Ammi majus .. 

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or Bishops flower, has lacy white flowers, a little like a delicate cow parsley, and looks amazing arranged all by itself (or with others obviously)   

Delphiniums .. 

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a beautiful flower with dense flower spikes in a brilliant range of colours, it makes a good cut flower with an excellent vase life.  

Achillea .. 

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so beautiful and most popular, loved for their flowerheads and their gorgeous colours, apart from the yellow, red and orange ... obvs. 

Erigeron  ..

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one of my very favourites, if you have steps or paths that you want softening, this will be perfect. It flowers for about 9 months of the year and gently self seeds in all the little places. 

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 I would love hollyhocks ... but they do not love me, and I would very much like whole acres of aquilegia, but again, they aren’t keen sadly xx 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesdays ..

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Gathering cow parsley on the lane for today’s flowers, which sounds idyllic and it was, and then I got nettled and stung by a dozy wasp.  

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Potting up pots and tins for the shop and clients

       

 

 

 

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This book is very beautiful and is full of inspiration for flower lovers, not just wedding folk click to buy

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And, as requested , the update on the cabbages parcel. It was a dress, and very beautiful ..... but ..... 

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White.  

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It had its debut yesterday, before I had left the house it had tea split down it, lipstick dropped on and wet soil on it. I looked like I lived in a bin, and it wasn’t even 9am. 

I know remember why I usually wear black. 

And, please remember

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If it matters to you, then it matters xx  

#mentalhealthawarenessweek

#itsoknottobeok xx  

The week of weddings ..

This week has been all about weddings and the loveliest, most beautiful brides to be. 

Our workbench has been overflowing.. 

    

 

 

    

 

 

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I hope you all have the happiest of days ... xx

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We are delighted that we are now featured on The Natural Wedding Company’s flower directory, click here to take a look.

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And to my crazy little daisy who went to the supermarket to buy bread, and came out with a two man tent, a chainsaw and a trumpet ... you have made me laugh a lot xx 

A woodland garden ...

The Potting Sheds were recently asked to create a new garden, from an area where a lawn had previously struggled due to being shaded almost totally by two really beautiful, old established oak trees.

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As we didn’t want to disturb the tree roots, a traditional patio area was out of the question,  so instead we decided to create a raised platform. 

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The plants we chose had to thrive under the tree canopy in the summer months, so shade lovers where ideal, ferns and native grasses. 

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We also chose early flowering perennials,  which would be totally happy and provide some lovely spring colour when the tree was leafless. 

 

 


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Composted bark was spread over the planted area to help keep moisture in as the ground is really dry, and also act as a weed suppressant. 

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As we finished off the planting yesterday evening and gave everywhere a final little misting with the hosepipe , the dappled sunlight came through the trees and it was just beautiful.

And to the very lovely bark delivery man .... yes, we did xx  

Maybe? ..

Sort of, almost, maybe? Spring is here. We have had sunshine and showers already and it’s still early in the day. 

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My lunch has been ever so kindly left on Lota this morning so thats a happy start to the day.

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The shop has seen the arrival of new books which always causes excitement

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A tree in the house ... click here  

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The foraged home ... click here 

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Cow parsley is out on the lane which is another delight, I gather it in the early mornings or late evening now after my run in with the gentleman that accused  me of ‘thievin”.

And my seedlings, which have been very kindly grown by a dear friend due to my lack of a greenhouse, are slowly appearing and are very happy in our tiny shop garden. When it looks a bit fuller I will show you. 

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If it doesn’t look like this in the summertime then I will be disappointed, well actually, when I say disappointed, that  may be quite an understatement. 

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xx

Easter xx

We are open all over the Easter weekend.  

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It’s a funny thing to be a shopgirl. Customers, people who you don’t know become part of your life, and sometimes, you of theirs.  

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You share stories and sadness, laughter and secrets, yet you may not even know their name.

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People like to talk and I like to listen.

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And to the lovely gentleman I wave to on my daily commute, and have done, every single morning for the last 8.5 years ... I have no idea of your name, or anything at all about you, but I loved your jazz hands this morning xx thank you, you are part of my everyday xx

Willowing xx

The Potting Sheds are currently transforming an old unloved recreational ground into a beautiful space for people to enjoy. 

 

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The transformation so far is amazing, and this week the shopgirl helped in creating a natural play area in one of the circles of which there are three. 

    

 

 

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We made a willow dome and tunnels, plus three gorgeous woven nests for children to enjoy.  

    

 

 

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Next week sees the tree trunks being turned into a train by the chainsaw man. I can’t wait to see those.

The rec is closed whilst work is in progress but it will be very much worth the wait. 

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Ps .. It isn’t my birthday, I just like my waterproof dungarees very much xx