This is the view from my corner of the sofa that has been gladdening my heart since Friday. I spent hours over the weekend potting up all my plants and giving the garden a little bit of my attention. But it is this grouping of plants that I love best at the moment.
OK, I think you're probably bored with looking at these from every angle, but the funny thing about the plants in this grouping is that they were all bought from a supermarket or the local greengrocer. Not expensive at all which makes it all the sweeter. The middle plant is my favourite - it's a Geum and the flowers start out yellow and as they unfurl they change to an orangy red..just like magic. So lovely.
Even though I'm still aching from humping enormous bags of compost around, digging and weeding, it was so good to be outside and making the place look like I want it to look like. Well, no that's not quite right as a small urban garden of a terraced house is not that cottage in the Cotswolds which is what I want it to look like; but I'm not ungrateful for the little piece of heaven that I have. A garden of your own is a great blessing and ours has been delighting me over the last few days. It is a funny thing because before this last weekend it has been another chore on my to-do list. I have felt guilty all winter as I watched it from the window, messy, unloved and neglected. It hardly looks recognisable now, even in the last 4 weeks it has bloomed and sprung into life.
There is definitely something about growing and tending a garden and this year I'm trying to concentrate less on my containers and more on the flowerbeds.
And to make sure I have at least one foxglove I have planted one in a huge bucket where I know it will be safe!
So I'm all set for summer now and look forward to returning from school at the end of the day and inspecting our little patch. I only hope that people won't notice the seemingly immovable soil under my finger nails!
Have a good weekend everyone - I'm hoping for some car boot action; pottering around the garden; actually doing some sewing or at least start making a list of projects I want to do; and rubbing Mr Goble's back. Enjoy yours.