I reckon my Dad has about 20 pots or bags of potatoes that he has planted up and we are now starting to empty out the earlies to see what has grown. Seeing them come out of the soil is like watching little jewels appear and I have to say that the potatoes are super-tasty!
I am looking forward to living here when his tomatoes, beans, strawberries and raspberries fruit. There are definite benefits to living with Mum and Dad!
Here is Dad with his latest haul!
Eden still isn’t quite walking on her own, she tends to drop to her knees and crawl as it’s quicker. However, she is speedy when she has her walker but the only problem is that she can’t turn around so she gets stuck when she hits the flower bed or the hedge or something. She is so fast though – she nearly ran me over when I was trying to take this photo!
The kids were on great form today and it is lovely to be able to spend more time with them.
Mum and Dad have been in Israel which means that I have been in charge of watering the plants. This isn’t necessarily a good thing as I have been known to kill his plants through neglect and under watering. Hopefully it’s going OK, and Dad is back tomorrow to rescue me if I have broken anything.
Look what I found though, peeking out from under some really green leaves… a shiny red strawberry just starting to ripen. It seems really early but I am happy to see it as maybe it shows summer is on the way!
The Mister and I have been quite busy today including a trip to the gym and lunch in town and now we are chilling out. On the other hand my Dad is hard at work in his garden, as usual. He is currently trying to rescue some plants that seem to be a bit poorly. I nipped out and took a few photos and he has trays and trays of plug-in plans ready for his hanging baskets and window boxes.
This picture is of the sacks of potatoes that he has planted up. I am sure we will be eating home grown potatoes for a while, hopefully with some of his delicious home-grown tomatoes. Yum. There are definitely bonuses to living with Mum and Dad at the moment!
This green house is my Dad’s domain. Here are a selection of his seedlings that have been planted out and are growing nicely, ready for him to plant out into his garden when the weather warms up a bit.
For as long as I can remember my Dad has spent most of his free time in the garden (or on the computer) and I think he uses gardening as stress relief. He potters out there before breakfast and as soon as he gets home from work and at the weekends he is out there all Saturday.
The pay off is that he has a lovely garden, full of dahlias, chrysanthemums and other flowers, and also a veggie patch with potatoes, beans, loads of tomatoes and raspberries and strawberries. Everything tastes so much better when you have just dug it up or picked it!
Sometimes it is just blissful to stay at home and do domestic things. It’s all very well disappearing off to weddings and suchlike at the weekends, but that doesn’t mean that things don’t need doing at home.
Today The Mister and I have pottered and that has included going to Debenhams to collect the rest of our wedding stuff, buying new shoes, going to the camping shop and The Mister has mowed the lawn and I made pizza dough and homemade pizzas for tea. Yum.
Here is a pic of my new shoes… I know they look like something my Mum would have made me wear when I was 5 but they are flowery and lovely and tres comfortable (they should be really as they are Dr Martens!)
The only thing is, I hadn’t actually gone into the shop to buy these… I need some new Birkenstocks because mine are starting to smell like something might have died actually in the footbed of the shoe. But they didn’t have any. So I had to buy these, and then I had to order some new Birkenstocks online when I got home. Oops… how did that happen?
These are the first potatoes that I have harvested from the bag… I did feel a little bit like James Herriot, rifling around trying to find them but aren’t they beeeeyoooootiful? I feel quite proud that I have managed to grow them. We also have flowering courgettes and tomatoes and there are some tiny fruit coming on the strawberry plants. We also have chilli plants which aren’t showing much signs of flowers or fruit yet!
Finally, a pic of the lovely foxgloves in our garden.
I have had a brilliant day today. I went to Chelsea Flower Show with my Dad. It was awesome… huge… and spectacular and I am shattered. We were there from about 10am until 5pm so it was a long day, but well worth it.
I was astonished by some of the exhibits. Some of these look like they have been there forever. For example this garden called Summer Solstice was my absolute favourite. At the bottom of the garden it had natural summer field planting, mixed in with wheat and then further up the garden it had a cottage garden which was planted in raised willow beds. It was absolutely gorgeous, but what really amazed me was the trees you an see on the left of the picture in the link. They were planted next to a ditch and they looked like they had been there forever, right down to the weeds at the base of the trees. It was so real that I asked the woman at the garden whether they had planted around original trees and made use of them in the display. She assured me that they were all transported in. I think I loved this garden the most though because of the random-like nature of the planting at the bottom of the garden, but the most beautiful fruit and vegetables at the top. If I could have a garden I would like one like this, although I also loved some of the little courtyard gardens.
I took nearly 200 photos, but my camera battery run out at about 3pm. One of my favourite photos is the one of the sign… I kept a close eye out for male exhibitors… some of them were actually quite pretty. Oh, I also saw Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. His photos are definitely touched up!!!
Anyway, here are a selection of pictures. If you want to see more just click on a a picture to go to my Flickr set 🙂