So I thought last years selfportrait for @wildflowersandthunderstorms with 1 kid was hard... Try doing it with 2 kids!
After some failed selftimer tries I inlisted the husband to press the button with clear instructions, but that boy has a strange skill to 1. ignore directions and 2. finding the worst possible angle. Lucky we are in winter wonderland right now, so we had a beautiful backdrop right at hand.
I know I shouldn't, but I can be overly critical when it comes to myself in a picture. As a result I'm usually absent from any holiday pictures. And that is a shame! My kids are not going to care how picture perfect it is. They are just happy I'm in the picture with them.
Next up: @jeanninemosman
I was late planting my zucchini so every morning I check on their progress like an expectant mother. This morning I was delighted to find these flowers, no less siamese blooms sprouting from the same stem. I wonder if it will produce a siamese zucchini?
3 amazing private gardens on my August tour featuring Piet Oudolf’s designs & other naturalistic gardens: Hortvs, Jakobstuin, & De Terptuin. If you want to experience this engaging planting style in the company of like-minded travelers, then this is the tour for you! We travel through The Netherlands and Western Germany -- the 2 countries that more than anywhere else have made this kind of planting such a phenomenon in the garden world — & we spend time free time in Cologne and Groningen taking in the food, beer, and culture. Go to the CarexTours website to read all about it then email me for a Reservation Form. Link in profile.
Jewels under the crab apples - tulips ‘Copper Image’ ‘Abu Hassan’ ‘Sarah Raven’ & ‘Slawa’ flowering amongst roses, young cardoons and pheasant grass. Alliums - ‘nigrum’ ‘atropurpureum’
nigrum 'Pink Jewel' and Allium 'Mercurius' (part of the @sarahravensgarden alliums for grass collection) and pheasant eye narcissi are in bud and flowering here too. Phacelia has self sown itself on what was a tiny curve of barren land opposite the garden at Mill Yard left due to council development of the town centre. The phacelia was sown on mass as a green manure 2 years ago to aid the soil structure then crab apples and roses went in as bare root plants over the winter. Bulbs I chucked in the air and planted where they landed to give a totally natural mish mash affect. The roses are growing well and will provide summer colour along with buddleja ‘Black Knight’ and nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ coping with little attention and being rich in nectar. Spindle bushes and the crab apples will look good into late autumn with their fruits giving black birds plenty to eat as the weather turns colder. The aphids on the roses now are attracting sparrows and blue tits looking for insects to feed their chicks, despite us being in the middle of a town they have found us. This is exactly what I want this little patch to be, for it to be full of colour and insects to nurture both my eyes and the birds,butterflies and bees so a lot of weeds you would weed out are just left here but kept in check such as nettles and dandelions and I’m planting young teasels too for goldfinches. #miniorchard#thejewelorchard#sarahravenbulbs#wildgardens#breathinhspaces#orchard#arthurparkinson#bugs#beegardening@bumblebeeconservationtrust@savebutterflies@rspb_love_nature#organic#nurturenature#biodiversitygardening
Here’s the front garden at De Terptuin—one of the impressive private gardens we’ll see on my August tour. It’s designer @nicokloppenborg fascinating small garden showing that tiny does not mean timid! Only 1 more month to sign up. Message me to reserve your spot today. Full itinerary & details on website. Link in profile.