My post for this weeks ‘How does your garden grow’ is about someone else’s gardens rather than my own. So I’d like to introduce Tina and Graham’s garden – a large courtyard garden with lots of flowers, one gnome and one cat.
One half of the garden with a bench, a large raised bed and lots of freestanding pots.
Chief (above) is more like a dog than a cat and wants to be wherever you are. He followed me around the garden has I photographed the flowers and kept walking directly in front of the camera, rubbing his face on my hands. When it came to me taking a photo of him it was a different story, he wouldn’t look at me. You can see he still has a shaved tail from a fox bite a few months ago.
The bees really liked the Fuchsias and spent quite a while inside the inner petals.
I have no idea what these orange flowers are but they look really cheerful.
I love sweet pea flowers. I’d love to grow some of these in our own garden some day.
The apple tree is chock-full of apples. I’m surprised the branches haven’t snapped under the weight of all the fruit. When I look at this tree I see homemade apple and blackberry crumble with a sugary topping waiting to happen.
We went into G+G’s greenhouse at the end of the garden to have a look at his vegetables. The tomato plants were full of big juicy tomatoes ready for picking and the whole greenhouse smelt like tomato leaves – one of my favourite smells. I’m not growing any this year so it was nice to have a poke around someone elses.
We ended up picking a whole bowl full and also spotted a whacking great cucumber hiding between the leaves of the cucumber plant.
I’m going to cook some down into a tomato sauce and add to risotto with mozzarella. We’re also planning to eat lots of tomato and mozzarella salad with basil this week, yum!
We were walking around some country lanes last weekend and I spotted this hydrangea bush in someone elses garden. All the flower heads were two toned, some purple and pink and others white and purple or pink and blue like the one above. I found pink spots on my hydrangeas last week so I wonder if ours might end up looking multicoloured like this one. Granddad told me today that you can put old nails in the bottom of the plant pot to turn the flowers blue. I might try this when I repot mine in a few weeks time.