Sunday, 14 July 2013

Gardens, plants and Nikki

This week is all about the garden, I have sunburn to prove we have had sun. Not as much as England but enough to be able to sit out and have an ice lolly and read a book. Lovely.

The polytunnel was a sauna, everytime I went in my glasses steamed up. haha.
 The red blob on the left hand side is the only ripe tomato so far, lots of green ones tho.
The corn is an experiment to see if they produce corn. There are some tassels showing, think I will have to google to see what to do! The seat at the end is where I have a cuppa and give Nikki a brush. My grape vine has got 3 bundles of grapes, how big they will get we'll have to wait and see. Probably not enough to make a bottle of wine!

Huge amount of gooseberries. Quite small but they are ripe, never had so many on 2 small bushes, already made a cake with a few. Gives the cake a slightly tart flavour. DH doen't like goosegogs, so I don't tell him what's lurking in my cakes!

Here is Nikki showing of 2 of the rather large caulis that were in the polytunnel, we also picked some large heads of broccoli, yummy. The sun was so bright that Nikki had to borrow a pair of sunglasses...haha.

Here she is pretending to be a hen and hoping I wouldn't notice! Why she likes the hens oats I don't know, but she doesn't lay any eggs!!

Front garden, the bamboo sticks are for the runner beans as there was nowhere else to put them, but they look pretty with the red flowers climbing up.

another view.

Around the back again and next to the poly tunnel, to what is a field, but slowly turning a part of it into some semblance of a garden (hopefully anyway) The grass on this part has layers and layers of stones underneath so it makes it very difficult to dig. We wondered if it was a courtyard in the old days.  This summer house has only been a year in the making and still hasn't got all the glass in, one day we might even be able to sit there!

Well, that's your lot for this week. I have been doing a bit of crafting but some of it turned out wrong. But this is something I am pleased with and here is a peek....guess what Mrs.Harris (she's had a name change!) and Nikki are doing? Part of the set of what I hope will be a redwork embroidery pdf.

This weeks linky parties are;

Lavender Garden Cottage


  1. Waoh, what a beautiful poly tunnel/green house, I have plant envy! Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts. I see Nikki has sunglases on but I hope he hasn't forgotten the sun lotion :-)

  2. Loving the Red work - it's great to see everyone enjoying the sunshine. Catherine x

  3. I have very fond memories of gooseberries, my grandparents had a fantastic fruit patch years ago and I loved picking (and eating!) gooseberries with my Nan.

  4. I never thought I'd say this, but the fact you have less sunshine than England is a really good thing. You've also beaten me with the red tomato - mine are all still green!

  5. What a beautiful garden you've got. You certainly do have green fingers. Nikki looks so cute in her sunglasses xx

  6. All your produce looks great. I thought the gooseberries were really big peas at first. Hmm, I guess it might be something to do with gardening, but why has her hat blown off.

  7. What lovely photographs. Thank you so much for sharing a little bit of your life. I am a little (lot) jealous of all your yummy produce - especially as your DH doesn't like some of it. Humph.

  8. Your garden looks a fantastic place to be, you've obviously put a lot of time and effort into growing lots of yummy things.

  9. i love how lush and fruitful your poly tunnel is! Its so nice once you can start harvesting tasty things isn't it :)

    i can't imagine what is going on in the scene you've shown us a snippet of.... i look forward to finding out! x

  10. What an ideal place to sit and have a cuppa, you need it after all your work in the poly tunnel. I like gooseberries as a jam to spread on my toast :)
    Love the sunglasses picture.

    Jan x

  11. I had something worthwhile to say and then I saw a dog in sunnies and melted so we'll leave it at that :-D

    Oh and ill add a hello via Handmade Monday.

  12. Ooh I'm speechless! What a lovely feeling post. I le..rve those cauliflowers :)

  13. I'm very envious of your garden - looks so great! This year I have only managed to grow strawberries in the plant pot, but I would love to have more next year. Certainly an inspiration.

  14. It was wonderful to have a stroll around your garden. I hope you're successful with the corn. I had a go one year, I only got 5 cobs but they tasted great. I thought Nikki was wearing the shades due to becoming so famous appearing on your blog. Have a lovely week.
    Ali x

  15. I love the garden its beautiful and love the whimsy style of the red work x

  16. I so enjoyed visiting your have wonderful veggies! Nikki is adorable....LOVE her personality!! Thank you for visiting my blog and I am your newest follower! I enjoyed!! LOVE your sock monkeys....Blessings and a wonderful week~~~Roxie

  17. Gooseberries in cake? You must share the recipe! Your garden is wonderful in that poly tunnel. I love seeing the lone tomato peeking out! Nikki is a cute dog - eating chicken feed no less! Hahaha!

    1. No recipe really. Just normal cake mixture with some cooked and mashed g'berries added! No weighing involved sorry.

  18. This is such a fun/beautiful post! THank you for linking this up at Well Crafted Wednesdays! I hope you come back next week!

  19. Ha ha, I do the same with different family members when I cook with something they don't like!