If you'd told me a few years ago that my ultimate mother's day present would be a pair of gumboots and some gardening gloves I'm sure I would have laughed. Not that I didn't enjoy the garden, but I just didn't have much time, nor the inclination to make it an important part of my life. It was when my world was turned upside down that I found great solace in my garden and began a fascination for herbs, veggies and flowers, thanks in part to the beautiful book, Velvet Pears. On the days when my grief was all encompassing, I would fit in my favourite chair, with a pot of tea overlooking the garden and read all day . And it was on one of those days, deeply immersed in the beauty of Foxglove Spires that my enchantment with gardening really began. Over the past two years my love for gardening has totally blossomed, so much so that within a week of moving into our new home, I was off to the local nursery to find seedlings for the wonderful empty patch in the backyard just calling to be transformed into our beloved veggie garden. This season was all about getting plants in the ground and was very much inspired by Alys Folwer's Edible Garden series (You can watch them on You Tube and I dare you not to fall in love with 1.Alys, her fabulous accent and super cute wardrobe, 2. Her wonderful recipes and amazing and doable garden). So with great enthusiasm, we threw seeds about, planted seedlings where ever there was space and with some wonderful morning sunshine and daily tending, things began to grow.
This time of year is all about greens, so in went rainbow chard, a few kale varieties and spinach too.
We were very lucky to have established mandarin and orange trees overflowing with amazing fruit.
Snapdragons not only look lovely but attract good bugs to our little patch.
We filled much of the garden with broad beans which are not only lovely to eat, but will help make the soil more productive for future crops. They've just begun to blossom these amazing little flowers.
Also springing up we have broccoli, celery, garlic, onions, pumpkin, rocket, radishes, carrots and a lovely variety of herbs. Over the back is a little DIY pea trellis made from an old bed frame.
By the back door are potted herbs for easy watering and picking. My current favourite weekend activity is finding second hand pots and tins and adding more unusual varieties to my little herb family.
It's a busy time in our veggie patch, finishing last minute planting before the days get too cold. I'm also working on a bit of an experiment with my rocket and spinach plants, so that I never have to buy them from the supermarket again. Can't wait to see if it works.
What's happening in your garden at the moment?
PS. Thank you so so much for your amazing comments on my last post. They mean so much to me and I'm so touched that you took the time to share your thoughts. It was so wonderful to read your stories and it filled me with love and hope that there is a beautiful community out there who feel like I do. I can't wait to rekindle the good old days and connect more with each of you and will spend some time replying individually to your comments over the weekend.