Hello! How are you? Gosh, it’s been a while!! I jumped back into blogging early last spring in an effort to keep my mind occupied. Long story short it was too soon to keep up any sort of consistency, but it’s a new gardening year and I’m feeling energised and ready to share garden and home projects with you all again. No doubt there will be low days while continuing to navigate this path called grief, but my intention is to aim high in the positivity stakes and take each day as it comes.
Last year was a bit of a blur, but nevertheless another great year of learning and growing in the garden.
The highlight without a doubt was being asked to appear on Beechgrove as one of the ‘Beechgrowers’, getting to share snippets of my garden on national TV over the growing season. Meeting Carol was amazing if slightly surreal, and what a gem of a woman she was! As were the rest of the Beechgrove presenters, producers, and crew behind the scenes.
I was also very lucky to be asked to be on a thoughtfully produced program around the topic of sustainability called ‘Don’t Waste Scotland‘ with Sean Batty, the weather chap from STV. My wee segment was in Episode 3 if you have STV player. 🙂
Here are a few other magic moments from last year that I hope to repeat for years to come.
A bountiful pea and bean crop, they just kept on coming! And at last the first apple crop from the orchard. The Worcester Pearmains were as sweet as could be. You picked a winning tree my darling Joseph.
The mish mash pumpkin patch in the new south border turned out to be a pollinator haven.
No mow May, turned into no mow summer and it was glorious.
And then came the dahlias!
Turning the potting shed into a produce pantry late last year, and rather unintentionally a winter haven for wreath making, pottering and hiding with a cup of tea, has been ideal for those messier jobs. I’m sure my husband is thankful I’m no longer bringing my wreath making paraphernalia in to the kitchen!
My biggest fail of last year had to be ‘Thelma and Louise’ my lofty Luffa’s that started off with great gusto, and went on to produce less than diddly squat. My fault, I repeatedly forgot to feed them.
On to 2022, there aren’t any major landscaping projects on the docket for this year, but instead I would like to focus on dividing, propagating, transplanting and the like. That said, I will likely eat my words and end up building a new greenhouse or something along those lines.
Whatever, we (Andrew too of course) get up to I hope you will join us in the garden here, or over on Instagram
If video’s are more your thing, I finally set up a Youtube channel where I’ll share weekly vlogs and project based content on gardening, sewing, decorating and DIY. There’s always something going on in the garden, and lots of decorating to tackle in the house this year, so I thought it would be fun to document it! Nothing like a new challenge. My first video is up now if you fancy watching!
Whatever your gardening plans are for the year, I wish you a happy, peaceful, and successful growing season. x