Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Gardening & gifts

Hello everyone, thanks for your comments on my last post, I wasn't sure how you all felt about the celebrity death thing but I think it's pretty clear we all agree!!!

Last week was my friends birthday.... why is there so many birthdays at this time of year??I'm trying really hard to make most of my gifts but it's hard work!!

So what's in the bag???

The union jack hanging was the first one I've made & I was quite happy with it.... as was Helen. The bag is made from CK cowboy fabric, I made this for her to take camping.

Couldn't resist the socks, I brought some for myself a few months ago!

I thought I'd share some more gardening photo's.

First up Hollyhocks....

I planted theses a few years ago & I've also tried to grow them in my last garden but didn't have any luck. Every morning I've been checking them, waiting for them to flower & here it is... beautiful!

I brought theses at the farmers market...

I think they're old ladies plants but I'm liking them... they match my swollen ankles..lol!! Not sure where they can go, at the moment they're on my potting bench with some cat mint I'm trying to bring back to life

At last I have some sweet peas!!!

Mummy's little helper....

We have been weeding this afternoon, can you see the pile behind him? I finished at 3.30 today...yippee!! But I have to work 2 long days to make up for it.

Now on to my vegetables...

My salad bar is doing rubbish this year.....

Last year I was giving it away.... not sure what went wrong but I live in hope.

My giant courgettes....

I think they're taking over! Spot the peas?? At last... this is my 3rd year of trying!

The only tomatoes that are doing well....

Tumblers..... I've never tried them before.

Runner beans..............

My they have grown, I love runner beans, they make you feel so good as they always grow! This year I have red & white flowers..... never seen that before.

Butternut squash.......

A customer brought this in for me along with some kale but that's not doing so well. She grows all her squashes in pots & trains them to grow up a cane.... it really does work... fingers crossed!!!

I'm having problems keeping up with all your post so if you haven't heard from me in a while I'm sorry..... not enough hours in the day!


  1. What a lovely set of photos - you have far better things to do than to reply to every one of our comments, and I think we all understand that, so don't worry! I've been offline but am now back, so it's lovely to catch up with what you've been doing. Hope your ankles get better soon.

  2. What a lovely gift for your lucky friend

    Victoria xx

  3. Hi Joe,
    You've been a busy bee, your garden is looking fabby and very productive.
    About the 1940s weekends, yes, the SVR does them every year, over two weekends actually. Most of the railways do them, there's a list each month in Best of British magazine and obviously, you can find details on each railway's website. I'm pretty sure next weekend is the 1940s event at the South Devon Railway.
    Hen x

  4. Hi Joe!! How are you?
    You've been really busy!
    Your garden is looking good! I love those Hollyhocks!
    I've got loads of Foxgloves if you want some for your garden
    ( flowering next year)....let me know when you fancy another Totnes jolly!!

  5. Lovely gifts! I must attempt some veg growing but I'm not very green fingered!

  6. Ho Jo,

    having much the same prob re keeping up with all the blogs at the moment!

    Love the gifts you bought - what a fab friend you are!

    Garden is looking great too :-)

    Rose XXX

  7. Garden is looking lovely, I love hollyhocks - I remember them growing in my best friends garden, and they just remind me of good times. Hope your ankles are getting better. xx

  8. Your veggies are coming along nicely!
    The gift for your friend is lovely too.


  9. Hiya,

    I'm the same really I don't sun bathe but it the days were it's windy and not that sunny that have caught me out. Unfortunately the skin on your palms, feet and underarms etc doesn't contain the melanin pigment (or as much), even in very dark skinned people these areas are prone to UV damage.

    Sian x

  10. I love the union jack hanging that you have. You can't go with red, blue & white. A lovely colour combination. Mummy's helper looking cute!
    I am having a giveaway if you wish to pop by!
    Isabelle x

  11. Gorgeous hollyhocks. I love them. For the last couple of years a rogue hollyhock has grown in the tarmac on my drive - a lovely deep red. Lo and behold, this year it's been joined by a beautiful pale pink one and also a salmon pink one. Don't know where they are coming from, probably my neighbours garden.

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