At last, here in Fakenham, the garden is calling. I do love spring and there are many signs that it’s coming. I’ve been outside today starting to tidy up and do some sweeping in anticipation of growing things. It’s been fresh, but sunny and when I was doing jobs around the garden I was warm enough in my jumper.
Here’s a peak, I couldn’t resist posting because I was so enjoying the sunshine!
My first bit of colour.
These two are enjoying the weather too!:-)
Here’s an idea, why not make a flower bed out of an old table? Well I have! I had a very sad looking garden table, turned it upside down, cut it’s legs off and now I have a quite spacious but manageable flower bed 🙂
That old table now contains, lavender, seedum, geraniums and some tulip bulbs for the spring., I’ve never started a bed from scratch like that before so I’m very pleased 🙂
I’ve been being a bit quiet on hear recently because I’ve been having a bit of a rest. Things have still been happening and growing and I’ve just been in my studio painting! Yesterday though I went on a bit of a slow adventure and felt I had to share.
I went on a dyeing and spinning workshop for the day 🙂
We first cooked all the things that had been collected on site on the fire.
Some created quite a good colour like this fresh Alder bark.
This is some of the fleece that we dyed hanging up to dry.
We were shown how to make our own spindle out of Hazel wood….
….and were given some washed fleece so that we could learn to spin.
This is what I came home with. Some swatches of fleece that we’d dyed, our handmade spindle and a small skein of our very own spun yarn!
It was a very good day, but I was really tired when I got home. I think all the fresh (smokey) air did me good 🙂
I’m very happy with what is happening in my green house.
Broad beans ready to plant out,
These potatoes ready to plant,
Tomatoes ready to pot on, peppers and cucumbers,
Mixed chilli peppers,
and a couple of strawberry plants I’ve bought inside to get some early fruit.
It’s time now to sow courgettes and squash. Growing things makes me happy, but I wish the weather would warm up! 😉
Here’s a long awaited update from the green house.
These are red sweet peppers from bought seed. I don’t want to speak too soon but I think they are doing alright.
These are chilli peppers I got free from a magazine. ‘Demon Red’ There were only five seeds and I have three healthy plants from them. By the sound of their name, they are gonna be hot!
These are ‘Scotch Bonnet’ chillies, from my own saved seed. They are looking good. If you look carefully you can see little buds forming on the top of the plants 🙂
These are common red chillies, medium heat, from my own saved seed. I dried some of these before and they keep well.
Can’t wait until they start turning red. I must look after them carefully now so as not to loose the fruit!:-)
I’m so excited with the prospect of spring, when the sun comes out I feel so energized! I have started tidying up in the garden and sowed my first few seeds. New life is starting to appear.
One single tomato seedling,
this is rocket on the left and to the right of that you can just see some radish coming through.
We are heading for a wonderful time of year! 🙂