yesterday was the last day of February and with 2016 being a leap year it ended with a glorious day full of sunshine. Luckily i managed to grab a chance to get some outside jobs done whilst Olivia was at nursery. i filled the seed boxes to the brim for the birds, we have two robins visiting daily at present so i am wondering if maybe they have set up camp somewhere in amongst the hedges. We have a gardener who helps with all the big jobs in the garden such as fixing the fences and trimming the shrubbery and i just asked him this weekend to check the bushes before he proceeded to cut them back for spring. The weather has been doing all sorts this month and we have had more birds than usual visiting the garden.
Using my gardening gloves i dead headed a few of the pot plants from which i bought home from my Mums garden and arranged a nice section to display them on our front drive. They should start blooming soon and the hardy shrubs will provide a warm welcome to our visitors once they finally sprout their yellow flowers.
Because the weather was being so kind i quickly shot a you tube video and featured it of my garden. Over the weekend we took the dog for a Sunday stroll through the village and collected pine cones in our wagon. We were sure to choose mature ones which do not contain any sap. Husband tells me that they are a great addition to kindling wood so we have been popping them on the fire during these chilly nights. The pine aroma is pretty relaxing too so the spares are stored neatly in a vintage container in my She shed.
So my little space and sanctuary in the form of a shed has been used mainly for potting plants and storing my business tools over the winter. I am excited to open it up for the spring time and plan on adding a few more touches to make it look more homely. I am feeling really creative since my Mums snap dragons are starting to sprout and have somehow managed to put my works to trial over the past weekend. I was invited to a friends dinner party and took a tray of herbs picked out from my garden. I also added some fresh flowers to the tray for a glamourous touch. Since my Husband gave me a portable photo studio for Christmas I have become accustomed to a little flower arranging and styling. What fun!
Today on the first day of March it is absolutely pouring down out side so it leaves me with time to blog about plans instead.
Here is a list of ideas i plan to create in my She shed this month and hopefully when the weather brightens up i will make a short video on completion.
1. To hang white drapes to the entrance of my shed. I think this will look amazing in photographs.
2. Hang flower pots on the outside of my shed.
3. Find a quiet spot to hang our bird and bug house which we were kindly gifted to my Daughter and I from Laura Ashley
4. Dig a trench around the sides of my shed to plant Gladioli. I have been trying to visualise my shed surrounded by beautiful foliage and tall flowers. After doing my research I have seen that Gladioli come in some stunning colours and should start flowering pretty soon. Flowers last upto four months and grow between 2-3 ft high. I figured I would have a test run now and hopefully plant some more in a different patch of the garden towards the end of May. Gladioli look really lovely in a tall vase.
So I have quite a few bits and pieces to keep me going amongst a months worth of blog assignments and magazine write ups!
Do you have a favourite flower and have you attempted to grow it in your garden?
Much love and thanks for stopping by.