Summer is here…sort of! And there is such demand for gardening services that at this time I’m unable to take on new clients.

Thank you for understanding and please do get in touch later in the year.

Have a wonderful summer,

 

Lucy x

It has been a long time since I wrote my blog, the summer was not great was it?, weather wise, it has been better this autumn. The bedding plants & summer perennials have done better in the last couple of months than the ever did in the summer & some are still flowering which is nuts!

I am kind of waiting for the first frosts to appear so I can really start tidying up & closing the gardens down for winter. Today it is so wet & windy, I will just have to plan what seeds to grow for next Spring, always something to look forward to in gardening!

Vegetable wise my best successes were onions (always have success with them), beetroot, cucumber & late fruiting tomatoes. The potatoes weren’t great probably due to the weather & my runner beans did get badly attacked by blackfly. I was really chuffed with my cucumbers, they tasted lovely & sweet.

Not too much to report due to weather!

Till next time.

 

Lucy

Well Summer is sort of here, not that you would think judging by the changeable weather we are having!

The Veg plot is underway but it is slow I have to say, the Potatoes are doing the best, the Runner Beanshave black fly on them & the Tomato plants are not very big at all. I think it is because the weather has been all over the place & with no consistent heat.

Some of my customers gardens have been looking magnificent though, a lot of it is due to careful pruning & feeding, it really makes a difference. The roses seem to be doing ok this year with many buds, some are flowering the best they have ever done so some customers tell me. The Spring flowers are pretty much over now making way for the vibrant reds, oranges & yellows of Summer, I always view Spring as the lilac, purple time of year.

I will leave you with some pictures of a lovely Rose & Poppy in one of my customers gardenRose DSC_0095.

Lucy

I have been so busy I’ve had no time to write my blog. Everybody’s gardens look so beautiful at the moment & that is even before the summer flowers have really started to come out. The Allium’s are looking fantastic, the Azalea’s & Rhododendron’s look particularly colourful & vibrant this year. On the vegetable garden front I have put the Runner Bean plants in, the Potatoes, Parsnips, Carrots, Beetroots out & of course the Sweet Peas. The tomato plants are too small at the moment, hopefully the sun will help them along.

I was watching footage of the Chelsea Flower Show & was awe struck at the show gardens on display, so inspiring, beautiful planting & some amazing water features, there sure is a lot of talent around. Not sure I could handle the stress of designing a display garden but I’d like to think I would come up with a fairly good design, albeit a small one!

Till next time

 

I’ll leave you with some beautiful pictures of plants from my garden & some customers gardens.

 

Lucy

AlliumPoppyEmerging Poppy

I have not written my blog for a while, I have been waiting for the Spring to finally emerge. Even though it feels cold & is windy I think it has finally turned up! There are some beautiful Spring flowers emerging, I just wish the sun would shine for a bit longer!

I have managed to sow some seeds, which definitely felt nice to do. Yesterday I sowed some Cosmos, Sweet Peas, Squash, Tomatoes & Peas. I will wait a little bit longer to sow the Parsnips & Brussel Sprout seeds out doors as the soil is still cold. I have been ‘chitting’ my seed potatoes for a while now but will wait a bit longer to plant out. I have a feeling it will cold for a bit longer.

Till next time,

Spring Crocus

Spring Crocus

Happy Gardening,

Lucy

I have not written my blog for a long while. There wasn’t much to report but I did manage to grow some Brussell Sprouts & harvested them Christmas morning for a Christmas dinner & they were beautiful, so much nicer than the shop bought ones. I will be growing some more of those this year. I have quite a few plans for this year. I have been asked by a lovely customer to come up with some planting plans for her garden for a forthcoming wedding. She wants the garden to look especially lovely for that so I am coming up with ideas now. I also have plans to start a wreath making course in the Autumn (already thinking that far ahead!). I have been making Christmas wreaths for a while now & sell them to various customers. I have been thinking of running classes for a while but have been spurred on by speaking to a friend who participated in one in Nov. She wanted to go to one in Horsham so I am running one. I will advertise in the Summer for Autumn.

Spring will be here before we know it & I have already seen some Snowdrops out.

More soon.

Lucy

winter icicles

winter icicles

Sunset over fieldsWell Autumn seems to be well & truly amongst us, shame about the silly old rain! It is really hindering my clean up work in peoples gardens at the moment. I still have a few lawns to mow, I reckon I could get another couple of cuts in before frosts appear but it is just so wet out there to do anything.  The trees seem to be holding onto their leaves even in the recent gales we have had, some of the colours are truly beautiful.

Basically at them moment I am pruning, cutting back perennials, weeding & soon will be putting in bulbs for Spring, ah what a lovely word Spring!

I have been putting in some plants for customers, something that can still be done as the soil is still warm enough for their roots to start taking.

So many perennials are still flowering & even some annuals, the ‘Cosmos’ I grew are still flowering prolifically & will do until the first frosts, that is why I love them so much- good value!

I have managed to take some excellent photos of winter colours & shall attach a lovely one of sunset colours over our local fields.

Till ‘Winter’

Lucy

 

 

Hi people! Have not been on my computer for a long time, way too busy! The summer has been so amazing, so hot that in July it started to feel a bit different, the trees started to change colour a bit. I have loved the hot weather & became really used to it. Everything has just grown like crazy & now that we have had some rain the lawns are growing a lot. The veg plots are starting to come to an end sort of but I still have runner beans, lovely beetroot, my tomatoes have only just started to ripen which I am amazed at considering the amount of sunshine we have had, I am not alone though as other people I know have not had ripened tomatoes till now. The parsnips have yet to be harvested & some potatoes, although the latter didn’t do too well.

Speaking of the heat I was amazed to go to one of my customers who I only do a few times a year to find her amazing banana tree had a flower, a seed pot looking thing with small bananas growing. It has been brilliant to see it develop, I just think the heat really gave it an extra boost & the plant has positioned itself to have its only micro climate wedged between a Buddleia & some bamboo. I will enclose one of the best pictures of it. We ended up calling it ‘Audrey’ after the Triffid like plant in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.

Till Sept.

Lucy

Flower/seed pod from Banana tree Summer 2014

Flower/seed pod from Banana tree Summer 2014

I have been so busy these last few months that I have not had a chance to update my blog, naughty me!

The gardens are all looking so plentiful, my veg patch is doing well, I have already had some peas, lettuce, radish & strawberries. Just waiting on the potatoes now & lovely runner beans. Having a vegetable patch is very time consuming, made even more difficult when your 2 year old Labrador digs everything up! It is worth it though to taste that amazing fresh taste, I have really noticed it with my lettuces, ‘Little Gem’, the flavour compared to shop bought is out of this world.

I have been growing lots of ‘Cosmos’ & ‘Stocks’ which I have been selling to my customers. I just love ‘Cosmos’ as it flowers till the first frosts or end of Oct, if you keep dead heading them.

Recently our local fields have been under threat of more building of houses, which we are saturated with in Broadbridge Heath, there was a planning meeting recently & luckily the planning was turned down this time, the fight will still go on though I shall imagine.

I leave you with a beautiful shot of our last remaining fields in Broadbridge Heath.

Till a couple of weeks.

Lucy

Fields in Broadbridge Heath

Fields in Broadbridge Heath

Fritillary ‘Snakes Head’

Today I have been digging over my veg patch at home & sowing seeds, today I sowed Lettuce, Spring Onions, Carrots & Parsnips. All was going well until my Labrador walked all over them! He has a bad paw so I will let him off this time!

Fritillary & Heuchera working well together

Fritillary & Heuchera working well together

It was so nice to be out there in my own garden till 7pm, great fun & it was sunny too. Next I have to dig over the other half & put my Runner Bean sticks in ready for the beans I have planted in pots. I am growing quite a bit this year, I always grow Cosmos & Stocks to sell to customers, they are great fillers, & the Cosmos will flower until end of Oct if you keep dead heading them. The Spring flowers have been gorgeous, the bulbs are pretty much over now except for the lovely ‘snakes head Fritillaries’, I love them especially when teamed with similar colours. I took some pictures of some at my customers house alongside ‘Heuchera’s’.