We were so inspired by all the beautiful gardens in France (because it was warmer there they were about 3 weeks ahead of us) that since we got back we have been working like Trojans outside.
I have planted up all my pots outside the kitchen with seedlings from the greenhouse - Cosmos, Snapdragons and Nicotiana - all lovely old fashioned plants with lovely scents
So the greenhouse is pretty empty now with just the cucumbers and tomatoes which are coming along really nicely
I am pleased with my herb garden although Jonathan says it's a mess
We missed the peonies at their best
Fingers crossed all our hard work will show results. Unfortunately it is a constant battle to protect everything. Besides the crows, rabbits and pigeons which do their best to destroy everything, we also have Reuben to contend with. Yesterday he kindly opened the gate so my 7 lambs ran amok and ate two of my bean plants before I managed to get them back in their run.
When we went to the Malvern Quilt show I was really inspired by the Donegal Tweed stand. Margaret Lee was there and she'd made a quilt of Tweed and cotton. I'd never Considered mixing the two fabrics but thought the quilt was beautiful. She showed me the pattern in the February Patchwork and Quilting magazine (and then gave me her copy when I couldn't buy one) and I bought some tweed off her stand - www.fabricaffair.co.uk and then came home and started making it!
Better get outside now but am very happy to see our swallows have returned and are renovating their nests in our back porch.