This week ..

Has been just lovely … the best type. A funny, mixed up, full of laughing, why ever should we not, type of week.

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We had a day out, a sunny breakfast in our special Kirby Lonsdale, and then on to revisit the very beautiful Gresgarth Hall, again, which was just as gorgeous as last time.

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Then it was back to work and out gardening.

This garden has just been redesigned with new paths, raised beds and patio areas and is just lovely.

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We planted a box hedge and roses, underplanted with lavender, lupins and geraniums, to line the new path to the porch.

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We planted lavender and box hedges

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Old troughs were planted with delphiniums, foxgloves, gaura and geraniums.

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It was a scorching hot day, the water sprinklers were used not only for the plants. It was the most tranquil place.

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And then, a very unexpected and impromptu day out to Tatton Flower show.

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But as I am actually very busy, I shall save my nattering about that until another time.

It is Mawdesley scarecrow festival this weekend, there are lots of activities and events going on at Cedar Farm, please see their website for details.

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And , if you are still with me …. I watched a really special moment this morning. A lovely gentleman cyclist turned up on his bike, his friends where already here and they started to sing happy birthday to him. He is 89 today, he was evacuated here in the war and stayed. Happy birthday, I hope you had a lovely day xx

Rain ..

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It’s pouring down outside so I have come indoors whilst it passes, except it no longer seems to be a little shower, more a sort of, last all day downpour. That’s cosy though.

The tiny garden is utterly unruly and staying within none of its boundaries, which is quite right and lovely xx

Today ..

No need for cardigans today which is so lovely. We have the doors wide open, there was talk of a storm but that didn’t happen. 

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The tiny shop garden is exceeding all of our expectations .... it’s full of all the things I love, except hollyhocks, which aren’t keen on me. 

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Our cornflowers, scabious and ammi are being snipped regularly to use in the shop posies. 

New additions this week include

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Baileys candles in orange blossom or fig .. click here 

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Botanical candles in tinder box, cutting garden, Darjeeling tea and rose or orange blossom .. click here

       

 

 

 

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Rosemary and orange  blossom soap bundles .. click here 

Tiny, very useful French baskets .. click  here

French rose petal soaps .. click here

C’est magnifique n’est pas!

 

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And did anybody watch Gresgarth on tv the other night ... wow, if you can’t get to go in real life, the programme was almost as good as xx 

A very special weekend for The Potting Sheds ..

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Sunday saw the return of Croston Open Gardens  ... it’s the third year that The Potting Sheds have sponsored this beautiful event and it was everything we could have hoped for.

The base for the day was the beautiful Old Catholic Chapel in the grounds of Croston Old Hall. 

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A stunning, hidden away venue which housed, tea and cakes, beautiful terracotta pots thrown by a local potter, food vans, a plant and flower stall, ice creams and, of course Prosecco.

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Communal tables were set and cakes were baked (lots and lots)

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

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Ten gardens opened and each and every single one was beautiful. 

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Who knew what was behind the houses that we pass by every day.

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100’s of people set off, map in hand,  to explore the village and enjoy the loveliest of days.

Thank you to every single one of you who came, and for all the kindness, help and support, thank you xxxx

The Recreation Park

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Sunday also saw the grand re-opening of the Recreational Park.

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The Rec committee, along with The Potting Sheds, have transformed a once unloved field into the most beautiful communal space that we could ever have hoped for. 

From this ..  

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 To this ..

    

 

 

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We now have a picnic area, an outdoor gym, a natural playground and a 5 a side football pitch. Search @crostonrec for more details. 

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Paths wind around the park allowing everyone, of all ages, to enjoy time on here, a very lovely to thing to see. 

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A very special weekend ... one to be remembered for a long time xx

Croston Open Gardens and the re-opening of our beautiful Recreational ground ..

This Sunday sees the return of Croston Open Gardens.

11am - 4pm on the 23rd June. 

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A day when 10 beautiful new gardens open their gates for you have a look behind them. 

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The base for our event this year is the beautiful Old Catholic Chapel on Grape lane. A stunning, hidden away venue were you will find tea and cakes for sale, beautiful terracotta pots thrown by a local potter, food vans, a plant and flower stall, ice creams and, rather importantly, Prosecco. 

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Anybody that visited last year may remember the pop up garden on the recreational ground. This was to showcase the Rec committees hopes and dreams of how the space may one day become. 

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Well after many months of very hard work, the Rec committee, along with The Potting Sheds, have created the most beautiful communal space that we could ever have hoped for.

This will have its exciting re- opening on the day too. 

A space for recreation and reflection, there really is something for everybody. 

 

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Tickets are now on sale from The Potting Sheds, Mawdesley. Feather and Twigs, Croston, or at the Chapel on Sunday. 

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Fingers crossed for a dry day xx  

A day out xx

We were very sleepy to say the least after dancing under the stars until the early hours of the morning, but off we set. 

Gresgarth Hall was our destination, the country home of Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd (which we thought one of the fanciest names you could have), a renowned landscape designer and fantastic plantswoman. 

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This beautiful garden is set in 12 acres and has been described as one of the most exciting gardens in England. It certainly was for me. 

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With being in a deep valley, there are many beautifully terraces which descend from the house to the lake, which are planted in the loveliest shades, mainly pinks, whites, purples and lots and lots of green

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There are wild gardens, bog gardens, a magnolia and rhododendron hillside and a bluebell wood. A Japanese inspired bridge takes you to see sculptures, classical and modern, including a folly and a tufa obelisk ( I had never heard of one so had to google it)

    

 

 

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You can get lost for hours and hours .... we did, wandering from space to space and constantly stopping to look at something that takes your breath away, or trying to count how many bees can fit onto one actual foxglove. 

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The kitchen garden was just fantastic, my most favourite bit of all,  full of imaginative and beautiful  things. Mr Mcgregors garden was always my favourite part of Peter Rabbit. 

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 Yew hedging has been used extensively to create so many gorgeously planted rooms with borders that are just amazing.

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Everything is beautifully labelled so you can recreate little bits at home is something takes your fancy. 

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And for when you need a little rest, or a few long-ish rests in our case,  tea and cakes are served near the Old Mill with tables and chairs beautifully dotted about. 

Oh .... and who knew that this was even a thing, a handkerchief tree! It’s obvious when you see it in real life. 

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The garden isn’t open all year round so do check before setting off ... i don’t think you will be disappointed xx  

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