After all the decluttering, reorganising and reshuffling of the last few days I have everything labelled to perfection – even my dear hubby – (though he doesn’t fit neatly into any of my storage boxes)! You can imagine what he has to say about my labelling but for all his jokes he is able to find things and more importantly put them away afterwards. I actually quite enjoyed myself – sad I know!
Most of the garage is done now and we can actually move about in there and find things. We have a few things to sell, a few to give away and a few to mend or just attend to. So we started a jobs tray for me (see below) and a jobs box (much larger) for OH.
This is as it stands today:-
drill a hole in the bottom of the decorative hanging bird feeder – a present from 5 years ago and still waiting a drainage hole. hammer the parasol holder into the ground by the patio
- Glue the pottery ducks beak on – obviously it is not frost proof as it drops off each winter – a gift from my mum – he is hidden behind the ivy at the moment!
- replace the socket in the office
Screw in the vine eye hooks to the fence for the climber
- add the wire
- plant the Xmas tree
- feed and weed the lawn with one of the 4 boxes of lawn feed!
- clean the copper rings with Brasso
- clean the brass plant mister with Brasso
During the clear out I came across the drawer with flower arranging tools. I am not a flower arranger – I generally go for the just picked and put in a vase natural look but occasionally I have made gifts with flowers and so I keep a drawer with a few tools, tapes and florist wires. The vintage flower frog below was discovered amongst my mother in-law’s things and I decided to keep it. She used to go to flower arranging classes. I may never use it but somehow it reminds me of her and how creative she was and it is such a delightful little object and packaged in its own charming little box.
Some items from the shed that are not affected by the weather have had to be rehoused in the garden. Not knowing where to store my terracotta pots, some of which are vintage from my dads garden shed, I searched around and found this handy little place inside my Victorian cloche that belonged to my father in law.
It is a few years since I grew any vegetables – I gave up my little plot, which is now flower bed, a few years ago when I began working full-time. Looking at all the lovely veg I see being grown on some of my favourite blogs I decided to buy a Courgette plant and grow it in one of my large pots.
They are quite decorative vegetables and already I have flowers appearing with the beginnings of the Courgette behind them. As I was too late for Sweet pea plants this year I also bought a few left over pea plants from a local nursery and have planted these into another pot with some willow stems for support.
The strawberry pot which again came from my dad’s garden has Chives and a few stray self seeded flowers
Remember the fence saga – here is a catch up picture – the climbing hydrangea is blooming and once the wires are in place I can tie it back to the fence and hopefully by next year it will cover the mishmash of fencing and all will be well again.
The Obelisk (which I previously called a Gazebo!! – it’s my age) is now in place and planted with Honeysuckle – Lonicera Scentsation – cream and yellow flowers with a long flowering season and a wonderful scent.
Just in case you got the idea from my recent moan about the fence that we didn’t get on with our neighbours – well actually we are good friends and I can totally understand that he isn’t a gardener – I am just a bit too precious over my plants!
As part of the garden tidy up I bought one or two summer bedding plants to put in pots – I do like these wooden crates such a shame they don’t last – I might line it with polythene and grow some herbs in it for the summer.
The new bird house now has a zinc roof to protect it from the weather – another job off the list.
After all our hard work we put up the parasol and had lunch outside – perfect.
How are you enjoying this warm spell?
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