Gosh – its been a whole week

I have been so so busy this week that it was not until I remembered that it was time for my Five on a Friday, that I realised I had not even posted this week.

In my defence though, I have been busy it has been nothing worth sharing with you. The only thing causing any excitement is the garden, with so much springing into life it is the very best time of year for the garden, every time you walk out of the door another little shoot has popped through. For this reason I make no apologies for once again sharing garden pictures.

The first is my lovely Japonica which runs along the trellising at the back of the garden. Next is the first fully opened flower on my Azalea. I loosely say “My” to this one as it was actually a little plant bought for my daughter by a work colleague on her 21st birthday and she will be 40 on Sunday, it was put into the garden when it finished flowering and has been there ever since, but she still reminds me that its not mine. I wish I knew how to take a cutting for her garden as we dare not move it.
Lastly is a picture of a beautiful pot of tulips, white but edged with burgundy, they look stunning.

fruit tree pc 1
I always have fresh fruit with my breakfast, my favourites being Raspberries and Blueberries, so we have decided to have a go at growing them in pots. They were planted as “raw wood” in December and as advised there are two of each plant, with a pot for early summer and one for late summer in each variety. They are certainly looking healthy.

These are the promise of new things to come. These wisteria have just appeared this morning, the plant goes right down one side of the garden and the whole way across the back of the house, and last year we decided to allow it to come down the side of the house too, it only managed to reach the back door last year but I hope it will reach my kitchen window this year (fingers crossed). The Lilies of the Valley run amok through the rockery at the bottom of the garden and they smell once they come into flower is heavenly. Last but not least is one of the ferns which sit between the old shed and the waterfall,  I love when these grow up and hide the old shed from view,  though I do like the colours when they are still in there curled up state.

This corner at the back of the pond always looks very drap at this time of year so now we have a kingfisher to add a little colour –

The last of my five pictures for this week is still garden related but not a plant. It’s my wildlife, the pond is almost wriggling with so many tadpoles this year. It took a while to get a picture of them but I so wanted to share with you, so here you go


I hope you have enjoyed looking at my “Five on Friday”. Now if you have time why not Pop across to see Amy at Love made my home and see what everyone else has posted for their Five.


About stitchingranny

I am one of those people who need to have busy hands so whether its stitching or papercrafting, I am always doing something. I also love being in the garden, though hubby does most of the work there these days.
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21 Responses to Gosh – its been a whole week

  1. Such a beautiful garden, I love the planters they are a real delight.


  2. Hi there, thank you so much for joining in and sharing all of these five great things!! I have changed your link to this posts as it was going to your home page. I would be so grateful if you could link to your posts in future so that people get to read them in case they didn’t realise they need to come to your blog page. Thanks so much, and thank you for joining in again! I hope that you have a great weekend! xx


    • So sorry Amy, I had not realised but will try and remember in future. Luckily only one person had commented on the Home page so others must have realised and moved over to my blog page. WordPress is all rather new to me and I am still very much finding my feet. Have a fun weekend.


  3. Your garden is beautiful! I really enjoyed looking at all your lovely photographs! X


  4. Your garden is so beautiful. I didn’t realise you can grow fruit in pots like that, I will have to give it a try. Your pond looks lovely too. Have a great weekend xx


    • We were advised that these were good plants for growing in pots, so we shall see. I do hope they grow well as I love these fruits and nothing beats just picked with any fruit.


  5. Lilly's Mom says:

    Your garden is starting to blossom in all its’ glory. How beautiful. I tried growing blueberries but to no avail. Maybe I should try again. Hugs from me, Pat


    • Thanks for the comments Pat. Well it is yet to be seen whether we manage to grow the blueberries or not as we only planted them last December so they are only a few months old at the moment. I am not sure whether I can expect some fruit this year or whether it takes several years before they bear fruits.


  6. your garden is coming along very nicely. I enjoyed looking at your pictures I love the collage effect you use, especially the first one. Inventive!


    • Thank you Latane, I must admit I saw the collage affect used in someone else’s blog and copied the idea, its a way of getting more than 5 pictures in really I guess, but sometimes groups do go together. Have a lovely weekend


  7. Sara D.B. says:

    Lovely five things, Helen!
    I was curious to see where you live, when I have seen that you have happy-looking Lilies of the Valley (like we have), but you have also a gorgeous wisteria! I had wisterias, when I was living in Italy, and now I try to grow some here in Eastern Finland; they must be moved indoors for the winter.
    Thank you for sharing. Have a beautiful weekend!
    PS Your stitching works are wonderful!


  8. Karen says:

    Great to see the wisteria opening up. 🙂


  9. Jan Doling says:

    Beautiful photos chosen for your Five On Friday. Your garden is amazing. Good luck with the fruit growing, I would like to try this as I eat a lot of fruit for breakfast too, love black currants, raspberries and blueberries.


  10. Blackcurrants are something else I want to try growing. My dad used to grow those and red and white currant bushes and when we were kids we gathered them by running a fork down the stems.


  11. Christina says:

    Good luck with your fruit this summer! We still have some berries in the freezer from last year…. it has been a good crop. I would love a pond in my garden, I find water very soothing. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


    • Oh Christina I hope we get enough fruit to have some for freezing. I would last the winter without having to buy stuff that’s been imported from half way round to world. You do not need very much space to have a tiny wildlife pond in your garden, the frogs and insects will find it no matter how small. Thanks for visiting


  12. I love a nose around other people’s gardens, thank you Helen. Those tulips are stunning! But I like the pond photo best of all. Hope you are enjoying the weekend. x


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