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Summer flowers

I made all my hanging baskets up myself this year and I am very proud of them.  They are full of colour and just lovely at the moment.

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I particularly like the half moon baskets with their pink trailing geraniums and colourful lobelia.

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The hanging basket near our Lodge House sign is one of my favourites.

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I have several pots of plants around the front patio and many of them are full of colour too.

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I wish the vegetable garden was as well ordered, unfortunately the weeds are winning there at the moment so more work needed!!

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Making a floral basket

Yesterday I went to a flower arranging at a local village hall.  The idea was to make a country basket brimming with flowers.  Firstly we watched a demonstration, then we were able to have a go ourselves.

The first stage is to cut then soak the oasis.  To soak it you just pop it into cold water and without touching it, let it fill with water and change colour to dark green.  Then you take it out and place into the basket, but first chamfer the edges so you create a larger area into which to push the flowers.

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Next you gradually add the greenery all the way round and also in the middle.  You need lots of foliage to give a basis for the flowers to sit on.

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I then started added the delicate flowers such as Campion and Ox Eye Daises into the foliage.

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Next I added the peonies.

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And lastly, a rose, the gerberas and chrysanthemums to fill it with flowers.

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Here’s a view from on top.

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I have never done anything like this before so was quite pleased with the results and found it quite easy so will be able to do it again in the future.

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Visit to historic house at Sand, East Devon.

On Monday we went on a trip to an historic house at Sand, East Devon organised by the Combe History Society of which Neil is a member.  It is most unusual for us to take time out, let along on a Monday!!

From its website it gives the following information. “An historic house lived in by the family who have owned it and shared their history with it for over 500 years; a tranquil garden in an idyllic setting – In its peaceful East Devon valley, this historic stone house is set in about 6 acres of varied gardens. Gardens in which to relax, to wander round corners, to gaze at the views, to sit and watch the birds. A sun baked terrace, shady woodland, lawns and borders – something for everyone.
The family house is principally Elizabethan. the resident members of the family Stephen and Stella Huyshe-Shires, provide guided tours showing a wealth of period interior features as well as an adjacent mediaeval hall house. They tell of the history, of the delights and difficulties and the unexpected aspects of living in and maintaining an historic house.”

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We had a guided tour of the house and were told of the history which went back to Edward de Sand in the 1200’s.

This fireplace is in the main chamber and dates from 1500 when the design was very fashionable. It is rumoured that Catherine of Aragon stayed there on her way from Plymouth to London to marry the brother of Henry VIII, who died after 6 months, and she later married Henry VIII. There is a stained glass panel of her coat of arms in the grand hall.

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We also wandered around the gardens which were really lovely.

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They had these really big poppies in both red

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and pink.

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One of our group was in a wheel chair and the terrain around the gardens wasn’t exactly suitable, so Neil got involved in helping to push.

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All in all it was a really interesting afternoon out.  If you want to visit Sand yourself, why not stay at our B&B which is less than half an hour’s drive away?

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Visit to Burrow Farm Gardens and Charmouth Beach

Today, being our 20th wedding anniversary and also a lovely sunny day, we took ourselves out for the day.  The first place we visited was Burrow Farm Gardens.  It is 10 acres of beautiful gardens, ponds, bogs, woodland garden and beautiful views.  This was the Millenium Garden.

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There were some lovely really large Iris flowers in this garden.

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I spotted a really large wild foxglove.

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There were several stone statues throughout the gardens.

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There were quite a few specimens of this plant that looks like enormous rhubarb and has the most gigantic leaves, I don’t know what it is called.

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We sat by the pond watching the ducks and admiring the view up the hill.

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We had a spot of lunch in their tea rooms and then left for the coast.  Charmouth is just a bit further East of Lyme Regis and is quite unspoilt and not commercialised at all.  It is a stony beach and when we walked along the pebbles the wind came up although it was really sunny. This is me in front of the beach huts.

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And this is Neil along the beach.

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There was one lady in the sea having a dip but we contented ourselves with Neil skimming stones and me watching!!

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And then of course we stopped to have an ice cream – got to be done when you are on the beach.  So all in all a really pleasant day out and all not far from here.

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Beautiful Amaryllis

After Xmas I bought an Amaryllis plant in bud.  I stood it on the window ledge, watered it regularly and it has rewarded me with 4 beautiful flowers.  I do love Amaryllis so.  I have one every year, but they are really difficult to get to flower again, so its best to get a new one each year.

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Resilient Marigolds

Today started with a sharp frost which cleared to give a cold dry day.  Neil and I decided to make the most of the non-rainy day by doing some work outside.  He is repairing and rebuilding the fence by the side of our garage which adjoins the neighbouring farmer’s field.

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I thought I would try and plant out into pots the remaining daffodil bulbs, which I should have done some time ago, but these are the last few I hadn’t got round to.  As I cleared out some of the bedding plants from pots I noticed a splash of orange.  My Calendula Marigolds were still in flower this late into November (it being the 30th today).  How amazing and how lovely to see these bright orange flower heads on a dull overcast day.

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I was a bit late planting these Marigolds from seed this year, so I guess they are just catching up on their flowering time.  I shall save the seed heads so I can plant again next year.

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Insects on the ice plant

We have a beautiful ice plant, which is a type of sedum, that has just come into flower.  It is amazing to see the insects attracted to these flowers, all sorts of buzzy things and butterflies.

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The buddleia seems to attract the butterflies more and the sedum the bees.

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Our ice plant is currently in a pot in the front garden, but really should go ito the ground when the back garden is sorted out, so that is can spread and we can divide it.  The buddleia is in the front garden too and will need to be dug up and moved when we do the renovations to the pump house.

Peacock butterfly on the Buddleia

I should like to grow more plants that attract bees and butterflies, I think it is so important, so next year I shall have a new flower bed in the back garden that I will plant with insect attracting flowers.

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