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TerriShoos's Garden

TerriShoos's Garden

A year on from my first entry I'm amazed and delighted at how everything has changed. This time last year it was all plans and drawings and ideas, but now the piles of soil are a productive polytunnel and deep beds, and the remaining topsoil heap is vanishing fast into all the beds. The blank lawns have sprouted a pond, young shrubberies, a wildflower meadow and lots more trees and hedges. The front border is beginning to be less low-maintenance and more high-interest. The daffs we brought from our old house and the others that we've bought are springing up all over the garden and will be a picture this spring. Best of all the birds and animals which used to live all around us are foraging amongst the beds and stones and making good use of the trees and pond. 

It's been hard work and difficult with my knee replacement last April, but so, so satisfying. Bring on the year, we can't wait to see it all bloom! 



Alan's Tesco special

21 April 2017 10:10:05

Alan came home from Tescos a few years ago and presented me with a pretty little aquilegia he just liked the look of. It's has just kept on getting prettier and bigger every year since. One of his best buys!

This year the cherries have bloomed their socks off, so hopefully we'll get a nice crop if the cold weather promised for the weekend doesn't do for them. I like the blossom and green leaves against the red cherry leaves, the woodland corner is getting nice and full now. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 21 April 2017 10:32:24

Extremely pretty.

LindaB LindaB 21 April 2017 11:17:00

I have a Tesco one too that flowers and flowers, so lovely!


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 April 2017 13:37:40

Everything is so early this year, a least three weeks ahead of normal. Your woodland is filling up nicely.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 21 April 2017 19:51:19

Oh i have that same aquilegea and its a super plant with super flowers.

fraoch fraoch 21 April 2017 21:08:55

I love Aquilegia, and that one is really nice.

JoanG JoanG 21 April 2017 22:35:13

That's a fabulous specimen Terri, well done Alan. I love Aquilegias too but found that having a blue one in the garden turned nearly all the others blue, so now I remove the blue ones.  I see your pink one is still pink! 

Everything's bustin' out!

21 April 2017 10:05:01

Going out in the mornings for a look round before getting onto the PC and work is so exciting these days, there's something new in bloom every day. The new roses are putting on great growth, I'm blown away by the freeby sparaxis we got from Mr Middleton, the tulips arre great this year ( when did we plant all those colours?) and the work we have done in fertilising and improving the soil in the borders has really paid off, the growth is great. 

We have been under some strain lately with family problems, and it's been such a comfort to spend even an hour doing some simple chore like a bit of weeding or pricking out or watering. Gardens are so blissfully uncomplicated! Even if I had a flat I'd have to have a little balcony and pots and window boxes, just for those moments when you need to escape outside your own circling worries. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 21 April 2017 10:31:08

I do think that our gardens are our sanctuaries when we need them most. Hope all is ok with you now. :)

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 April 2017 13:47:25

Gardening helps slow your mind down and gives you a break from whatever is troubling you. 

The clematis is covering your wall very well, gorgeous. The viola looks like one I grew many years ago called Viola 'Rebecca'. I hope it is as it was a very pretty one.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 21 April 2017 19:53:50

My Goodness your sparaxis is really early, mine are only up about 3 inch's. The clematis & viola are also very beautiful, Gentle hugs to you and enjoy all nature shows you in your garden

fraoch fraoch 21 April 2017 21:14:51

Yes, gardening is really therapeutic. I hope it continues to ease your stress. The Sparaxis are beautiful, I had some a few years ago but they seem to have died out.

JoanG JoanG 21 April 2017 22:45:39

Our gardens do lift our spirits especially now with all the wonderful new growth.  Three lovely photos from yours, Terri.  I have really taken to perennial violas and yours could be 'Rebecca' as Mary suggests or perhaps 'Columbine', another lovely one.  I hope your worries will be resolved soon. 


08 April 2017 05:57:32

You can keep Easter chocolate, just give me all thos April goodies in the garden. I've put up an album of April pictures, but although the flowers are the big muscles, let's not forget the glorious uncurling ferns. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 08 April 2017 06:09:09

Lovely to see them unfurling, or uncurling. :)

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 08 April 2017 08:49:42

A beautiful album, gorgeous tulips. Ferns add a lush and exotic feeling to a garden. I love the Fern Garden at Blarney Castle.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 08 April 2017 16:26:38

Ferns are beautiful when sat in the right place, and all your flower and garden photos are beautiful

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 09 April 2017 19:53:10

Love the album Terri. What's that pretty plant flowering in the pond?

TerriShoos TerriShoos 21 April 2017 09:36:42

It's Bogbean, Hazel. Grows wild all round here in the pools in the marsh. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 21 April 2017 10:15:34

So nice to have native plants in your pond!

It's not Jimmy Shoos, but it's exciting!

08 April 2017 05:51:57

Some people get very excited about shoes or designer handbags. Me, I'm beside myself waiting for my new potting shed and propagation house. A friend has given us some lovely double-glazed windows so we've ordered a basic shed and are going to insert them into that, our carpentry skills not being up to designing one from scratch. I suspect it'll be cheaper than designer shoes! That'll leave the other shed for all the big machinery and tools. As it is I can hardly move in there, especially as the water filtration unit is in it and it's currently in bits with a fault. 

Once the new shed is up, you'll find me in there, in my old gardening boots, happy out!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 08 April 2017 06:08:08

Oooh, enjoy.

fraoch fraoch 08 April 2017 07:42:07

Much better idea than fancy shoes! Best of luck with it.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 08 April 2017 08:50:28

Looking forward to seeing the finished shed.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 08 April 2017 16:31:30

That makes 2 of us, im happy when filthy from dirt and a grand old pair of wellies, enjoy it all, its so exciting, im with ya sister

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 09 April 2017 19:50:38

Judging by the photo it's going to be grand and spacious! 

Mr Shoosmith's Opus

02 April 2017 16:47:15

Well I must say I'm pleased with Mr S! In the nick of time he's made this lovely cold frame, the first of two which will go on the front of my new potting shed, which he has also ordered! Not bad for a man who is not any kind of carpenter. No sooner painted than it's filling up.... Happy days!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 April 2017 17:20:15

That looks brilliant, Terri. Well done,Alan.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 02 April 2017 17:57:15

Well done, Alan. Love the colour you painted them.

Dick Dick 02 April 2017 20:18:03

Great job Terri.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 02 April 2017 22:01:55

If he keeps this up you'll be able to hire him out :-)

Scrubber Scrubber 02 April 2017 22:31:52

I bags him first! Lovely looking frames Alan. Lucky and appreciative you terri!

fraoch fraoch 02 April 2017 23:01:50

They look terrific!

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 03 April 2017 16:57:43

Not any kind of carpenter???  Better not let him see that or there may be no more opusssses!

TerriShoos TerriShoos 08 April 2017 05:42:55

Scrubber, I'll swap you for a cherub! Elizabeth, he'd have been the first to admit it - he had some help from Geoff Hamilton videos in this case. Thanks, everyone. 


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