Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Easter Weekend

Hello,did you have a lovely Easter?

We had a lovely long weekend out in the garden,the weather was beautiful and is forecast to stay for  the rest of this week too....


The cottage garden which is on the north side of the cottage is really starting to grow,you can see the lupins have come on so much in the last few weeks,from little leaves to round leafy clumps.....


They are so lovely this time of year catching the morning dew,as you walk up the garden path they catch the light and sparkle....


The hollyhocks are waking up too....


I have worked the borders in the cottage garden the last few weeks,hoeing,weeding and gathering all the little foxgloves that have popped up,from garden to planters and all for free,i have thirty or more now to move into the borders later in the year...


I also found a clump of 'Rose Campion'  below near the picket fence which i have split and potted on too,these are beautiful little daisy type flowers in cerise pink,if dead headed regular will flower and flower all Summer long.....




We also on a cold day a few weeks ago planted seeds in pots and trays are now have lots of little green shoots peeping through,sweet peas and jewel colored corn flowers...


We have also had bare root old English rose shrubs and climbers delivered,these have all been potted on in my David Austin plant pots which i am glad i saved as they are lovely and deep so the roots don't have to be squashed...

This little rose is a cutting i took that has now rooted...


It is one of these below but i am not sure which one until it flowers...Steve pruned them into shape last Winter and the stems he removed i popped into a pot full of hydrangea and this one grew...


They are all shades of lilacs and pinks for a rose garden that i have dreamed about for a long time....


This is the garden we have on the south side of the cottage and the three roses we just talked about are in the little bed on the left with a sparse box hedge around,could this ever be a romantic rose garden?...i talked to Steve about how i would love it to be and we sat and talked looking through gardening books and reading online then talking about all the walled rose gardens we had visited over the years....


Steve decided it was time for this all to happen and he marked out  a rose bed that would work with the little one with the three rose shrubs in that we had made last year.....the box hedges that were along the white fence above will be used to edge this new rose bed....There is new fencing to the left above with a climbing rose on and the white fence is to be covered in climbing hydrangea and climbing roses....i set to and weeded all the gravel...


I planted some lavender and foxglove in the little rose bed above and i plant lavender just like my Dad used to,If we have a wet winter lavender can rot so i always add a trowel full deep of pebbles in the bottom for drainage to keep the wet away from the crown of the plant.....


You may remember last year we planted four fruit trees,our little orchard,well the ground around them was full of nettles and field grass and plastic bags that had been laid under the gravel,while Steve was digging the rose bed i dug out all the weeds and i mean dig,i couldn't believe how far roots go down from nettles and field grass....underneath the fruit trees there are many types of daffodils and bluebells so once the weeds were cleared and the ground raked it looked lovely....


Steve had dug out a lot of bulbs where he made the new rose bed so i went along under the fruit trees and popped them in bare patches,not the perfect time of year to be transplanting bulbs but better than losing them altogether,i read as long as you plant them over were the stem is white they will be good...


I also planted tulips,hyacinth,tete a tete,bluebells and daffodils against the new fencing were the climbing rose is growing so hopefully next Spring this should be a lovely pop of Spring colour...


 Steve worked so hard digging the new rose bed and at the end of the day we planted the box hedges all along the edge,the soil has been left a week to dry out and break down a little then we will be adding farm yard manure and sand...

The sun warmed our backs and the blackbird sang in the old hawthorn tree,at the end of the day our cheeks had caught the sun and our finger nails were full of soil,we were tired but happy...

Along the fence on the right hand side of the picture below we have planted laurel hedging so once it all grows we will have a green wall all the way around which will be the wall of our rose garden....you can also see the fruit trees in a row with the bulbs underneath.....that huge stone bowl full of  muck and twigs is my fountain which we hope to have up and running by the Summer....who ever said 'Rome wasn't built in a day' wasn't kidding :)


You can see here the before and after,i really love how we have a little path between the two beds now...see Beatrix she always has to be on something,never the ground or floor....


The view from our room before with the cherry blossom tree on it's own......


And after the cherry blossom is now in inside the box hedge .....


Still lots to do and lots of growing to happen too but we are now on our way to having a romantic rose garden...
It's a really beautiful day here on the cliff top and you can hear the waves breaking on the beach,the sea and sky are blue and the sun is shining....outside our bedroom window a pair of wood pigeons are building a nest and the gentle cooing early on a morning is just so dreamy to me....


The ducks were  quacking on the lane this morning,i wonder where they will nest this year? not in the gardens at Shingle Cottage now they know Beatrix lives here...


I'm going to make a nice cup of tea now and later today i am going to be gardening some more.....


I will have to rinse a pretty embroidered table cloth and egg cozies that i have soaking in the sink and hang them out to dry in this lovely sunshine we are having....


Wishing you a lovely week and thank you for stopping by....

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage?...

XxX

23 comments:

  1. Thank you for taking me on this lovely visit of Shingle Cottage! The next best thing to being there, and walking the paths with you. So many beautiful pics and idyllic descriptions. Love <3

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  2. Thank you! It is so lovely to have you visit Kay xxx

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  3. Your garden looks amazing! What a beautiful little piece of heaven you have in your little cottage:) Love your egg cozies too:)

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    1. Thank you so much Victoria! i can't wait to plant roses at the weekend,those little egg cozies are sweet,they have little padded satin inserts and look lovely on top of an egg xxx

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  4. A lovely post...how I enjoy gardens and seeing yours was a treat for my heart...thank you!

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    1. Thank you Victoria! i love gardens too xx

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  5. Oh dear friend, I am inviting myself to your cottage! I am packing my bags right now! How absolutely lovely your garden is going to be once everything is growing and blooming! I love love love David Austen Roses, especially the Old English ones that resemble my other favorite flower, the peony! My dear husband is very supportive of all of my endeavors and will dig holes endlessly for me, but I could never see the day he would sit and look at books with roses in them and help me decide which to grow, it is so wonderful for you that Steve shares this passion with you, you must already know how lucky you are to have a hubby like him! Loving "walking" through your garden with you as I drink my "Paris" tea! xoxo Enjoy this beautiful season!

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    1. Oh i will get your bed ready!! :) i love peonies!! oh they are the roses i love too,lots of ruffles,if it all grows well you will love the roses i have chosen Teri they are all old and blousy....Yes i am very lucky indeed! Steve loves gardening and is very passionate about it too which is wonderful for me to have my best friend help my dreams come true...i have ordered a dreamy climbing rose called madame alfred carriere which was bred in France in 1879 so it would be lovely to gaze at while you drink your 'Paris' tea,enjoy your day xxx

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  6. Can I hire you two, please?! We even have eggs from our hens for breakfast! And a tour of the tulip fields and Dougall and Pixie to play with Beatriice! Would be wonderful. A ferry to the San Juan Islands, a day trip up to VanCouver would also fit the bill!

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  7. Oh that sounds so lovely Mary :) i can't wait to get some hens,i will be asking you for tips of course! Dougall and Pixie are such lovely names! xxx

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  8. Lovely post as always,it's great to be able to garden at last,I have planted a Gertrude Jekyll Rose and cannot wait for it to flower,hoping it will be this year! Love your ceramic flowers I have a large collection of them!! The little egg cosies are quite delightful.I do enjoy tea from vintage china it's my weakness!! 'bye for now Pam.

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    1. Hello Pam :) yes it is lovely to be out in the garden,ooh Gertrude Jekyll is on my list of roses to get,it's such a wonderful colour! we like our flowers don't we? china or real! have a wonderful day xxx

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  9. Beautiful work done for the rose garden, can't wait to see how it matures. So nice to spend time with you in your cottage by the sea. Patty/NS

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    1. Thank you Patty :) thank you for visiting,enjoy your day xxxx

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful garden pictures, I love English gardens with all the beautiful cololur that arrives so quickly after winter. Your rose garden, I know, will be magnificent!!

    Auriol Cathro

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    1. Hello Auriol :) thank you for your kind comments,We are going to be planting the roses this weekend and the daffodils are lovely with the sunshine we have had this week,enjoy your day xxx

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  11. Oh how I so enjoy reading about your lovely garden. Good tip about using the stones when planting lavender. With all of your hard work, your dream rose garden will soon be a reality - so exciting. I always look forward to my visits at your sweet Shingle Cottage - thank you so very much for sharing.

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    1. Hello lala :) thank you for visiting and for your kind words,i am looking forward to planting the roses this weekend,enjoy your week xxx

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  12. Krissie I love seeing Shingle Cottage. You have been so busy in your gardens. We have been too. We planted our first fruit trees this spring and they already have tiny nectarines on them! I can't wait to see the abundance of blooms and harvest your cottage gardens will provide you with. Your roses are soooooooo beautiful. Love to your cottage from mine xo

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    1. Hello sweet Kerrie :) oh how wonderful to have nectarines! we are waiting to see if we are going to have blossom,they have just started to leaf,i have dreams of making jams and pies,hopefully one day! sending love across the sea to you and sweet Bella Bleu xxxx

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  13. Hello K, lovely to see you back! I've also been planting a few seeds and this year trying to grow my own sweet peas, I am not holding my breath, but I do hope they flower! Lovely pics of your garden now we just need a bit of warmth! Have a lovely weekend. Sharon x

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    1. Hello Sharon ;) thank you,it is so good to be outside,our sweet peas popped up all at once,that warmth you were talking about seems to have arrived,someone must have heard you,enjoy your week and fingers crossed for your sweet peas xxx

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  14. I never seem to have foxgloves reseed to reappear. Of course, our winters in Colorado, USA can be very cold and snowy. I can't wait to see your garden come alive.

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