Last rays

What a beautiful day it’s been. And a very productive one too. Mowed both lawns. Tidied the garden. Ticked a few more jobs off the list. And finished with a lovely ride out with Buddy.

Hugo made me laugh as he clearly wanted to catch the last rays of the day. He found the one sunny spot left in the garden. He looks so happy up there.


Rain dance

Isn’t it amazing how a few drops of rain can reinvigorate a garden?! Today I’ve been perfecting my rain dance. Not something I usually do, but the ground is so hard already and the crops need it.

Seems to have worked as it’s raining now. When I got back today, the front garden was looking very lush. The bluebells are so pretty. I’ve even got some white ones in bloom. The rosemary has flowered too.


My little garden has exploded while I’ve been away. It’s looking so pretty at the moment. The Forget-Me-Nots are out and the bluebells aren’t far behind.

I love the way it changes over the year. There are bits that need tidying still. But that’s half the fun of gardening. There’s always room for another plant…

Easy breezy

I spent many hours in the garden today. I’ve ticked so many things off my garden to-do list. Felt very good.

Headed to the yard to see Buddy. And ended up going out for a hack. Rather windy out, definitely blew away any cobwebs.

Dead wood

Today it was the turn of the front garden to be tamed. Even mowing the lawn made a huge difference. I got the hedge cutter out and cut back the hedge under my living room windows.

In the recent storms, it has started to sound like something out of a ‘Hammer House of Horror’ film as the branches scratched and banged on the windows. 😱

Still a long way to go but pleased with the result so far. Sometimes we need to get rid of the dead wood to allow things to grow again.

Garden envy

This afternoon Colette and I headed over to East Ruston Old Vicarage for her birthday treat. On my days, talk about garden envy!

We spend the whole time saying ‘wow’. It’s absolutely stunning. We both agreed we need to come back in every season. Next trip is already planned for my birthday. 👏🏻

We came away with loads of inspiration, ideas and a few plants.

Trimmed bushes

Yesterday my next door neighbour popped round and asked if I wanted his gardener to give me a quote to cut back my hedges and bushes. They had gotten rather out of hand, so it was a good call.

Being British, I apologised profusely for letting them get so overgrown. They were encroaching on his driveway somewhat. He’s 96 and so lovely, I did feel awful.

So bright and early the garden crew was there and all of my hedges and bushes were give a rather dramatic post-lockdown haircut!

I can now see just how much they’ve grown and how congested the borders have gotten. I can feel a cull coming on…

Heavy machinery

I love seeing the combines in the fields. So does Buddy. He loves heavy machinery. He veers across the road to get closer to them. He stops to watch them. He’s such a funny boy.

After weeks of odd weather, today was just glorious. Wall to wall sunshine. Seemed only right to spend the day outdoors. Lawn mown, borders cleared and washing on the line. Topped off with a long hack.

I call that a pretty good day!


Over the years, my flower tastes have changed. I used to find hydrangeas ugly. Not sure why. Maybe it’s because I thought of them as old ladies flowers (careful!!). Now I love them. I have several in my garden and I will be adding more. This one has just started flowering. It’s so pretty.