Autumn Sunshine

I can’t believe I’ve left my blog for so long so I’m going to try harder…..

Great day today for gardening.  Sunshine and it’s warm , so I should be planting bulbs.  I have some left from last year that I’ll put in and hope for the best.

Late summer gardens are very much in vogue at the moment, and as we seem to be having lovely autumn weather in recent years its all the better to enjoy them.  Harlow Carr in Harrogate has some of the best borders at this time of year so if there’s a sunny autumn afternoon it’s great for a visit.

Garden in September

If you want to put a couple of later summer perennials in your garden and fancy something easy to look after think about heleniums – tall with yellow and orange flowers when they fade they continue to add structure right through the winter, or verbena bonariensis, one of my favourites, another tall plant with striking purple flowers – its lovely light and airy.

This is a picture of my garden from the french windows – it looks a mess still because we have carpet down whilst I decide whether to grass or deck or gravel or what.  I became ever so slightly fixated on hoggin which looks so nice but no idea where to get it or how much it is – so we have a bit of an impasse.

I had a little tragedy last week when Gertie (one of the hens) died.  She’d been off colour for a day or two but then just died in the night.  She was one of the ex-batts and had never laid an egg but she looked so healthy.  I’ve spoken to a few people and I think it’s one of those things I need to put down to experience – but also I need to be a bit more vigilant maybe.

Hand Painted Signs

My son and I have started painting signs.  I love them but then I would wouldn’t I?  Here they are.  They’re individually made from reclaimed wood, each piece has its own charm.

We have an off the peg range of signs but signs can be made to order.   So you can remember a special date, a wedding or a christening maybe, or you can personalise a sign for Dad’s shed or Mum’s greenhouse as a special gift.

So if you’re interested please get in touch and I’ll try to remember to publish the dates of the craft fairs we’ll be doing this autumn.

Now this afternoon I hope to feel the urge to get outside and start on one of the lawns – the one I know I want – this is a good time to get seed down and the seed’s sitting in the shed, so no excuses.

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