“…And Stuff” Now Includes My Garden


I may not have blogged for a while, but I also haven’t done much sewing for a while either.  In fact I’ve been busy buying a house, and then moving house in August 2019.  Well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Now that we are firmly at home in our new house, I’m getting back to doing interesting things.  One of those is gardening, which is new to me.  Hence, my Vivid Kitty’s Fascinating World of Sewing …and Stuff now includes my garden.

Our new house has a lovely garden which I’m enjoying playing out in.  Thankfully it’s not too big: a rockery and a small patch of grass at the front; a small lawn and with three borders and a separate vegetable patch at the back; and a tiny ‘jungle’ for the wildlife just beyond the back fence.   We get loads of birds, butterflies and a couple of squirrels visiting regularly.

Last year there was some serious weeding required, and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t take any photos before the hard work I put in to clean it all up.  Since then, I’ve been mainly just keeping on top of things, and given that winter has also happened, this hasn’t taken much work at all.  I did manage to plant a few spring bulbs and some veg before the bad weather set in.

The first of the bulbs I planted last year are starting to show. I have a single crocus, a couple of purple anemones, and some miniature daffodils poking through.

I also cut back the out of control buddleia yesterday, with some help from Jez and his saw, then started thinking about how to fix my apple tree — some serious pruning is needed there.

My garlic is growing well and I’m hoping to get some seeds to germinate in my potting shed, but not sure if it’ll be warm enough. Time will tell.

Any tips on any of that much appreciated… I’m making all of this up as I go along, using the internet and some actual paper books.

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