Over the Easter holidays we visited my sister-in-law Sarah and her family, this week’s post comes from her lovely garden. The last time we visited was back in December, it never fails to amaze me just how different the same space can feel at different times of the year.
I always get loads of inspiration from Sarah’s garden – and usually a bit of the green-eyed monster too, she has so much space and takes such good care of it! I think a little garden envy is good though, it always gives me a prod to do a bit more back at home.
Since I last wandered around Sarah’s garden there has been one big change: the arrival of a greenhouse. Look how full it is already!
Maybe I’m a bit odd, but I love poking around in the more practical parts of gardens – the functional bits that aren’t there to look lovely. They always give me ideas and inspiration, I love how they give you another level of insight into their owner too.
Sarah is starting a cut flower garden this year so has been very busy with the seeds – verbena, geranium, cosmos, lobelia, sweet peas, snapdragons, scabious, and lots more I can’t remember are all in there. This is a project I’ve got on my list for next year so I’ll be pestering her for lots of tips! I’ve just been given this fabulous book for my birthday all about growing flowers for cutting, so I’ve got no excuse for not being prepared….
I noticed a great illustration of the difference it makes to sow your seeds thinly – I’m not very good at thinning out seedlings, it always feels like wasting plants, but here’s proof of why you should do it:
And this is an idea I’m definitely pinching – using mail order packaging as a makeshift propagator. Brilliant, it even allows for a bit of air circulation.
So much hard work has gone on here since we last visited, I suspect next time we’ll find a sea of flowers, indoors and out. Can’t wait!
Joining in with Annie’s ‘How Does Your Garden Grow’ series at Mammasaurus – a rather special one this week, the centenary!