Hanging baskets: not just for nannas, yo

Scarlett watering hanging basketsI’ve avoided hanging baskets until now in my life, as I, yes, had the recently realised misconception that they are for nannas. And granddads, let’s not be sexist.

Following our harrowing Homebase trip, we ordered some brackets from t’internet and then drilled big holes into our house to make it all pretty like.

In the meantime, you can see that Scarlett dedicated herself ostensibly to keeping them alive (see exhibit A), which was negated by the armfuls of pink blooms she wandered inside to bin the following day.

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Pretty, colourful flowers

All the flowersWe visited Homebase last week, a harrowing trip where we lost Scarlett for a full five minutes and found her in the outdoor bit, presumably returning to a plaster of Paris sheep that had taken her fancy. I actually ran round with a full trolley balanced with flowers without thinking to just abandon it.  Great cardio.

We managed to gather ourselves enough to pay for our purchases: lots of flowers for the long planter in the back garden, and two hanging baskets which were on offer, presumably because Britain is not likely to see the sun again this decade.

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Gardening in the sunshine

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I’m a bad, bad blogger. My teeny tiny daughter is taking all my time and my housework and blog are bearing the brunt! Procrastination is key, and the blog is coming first today.

I have a photo from a few weeks ago, when it was still wet, of the garden without the huge mound of dirt.  The skip was eventually collected four weeks late.

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Since the decking was put in, Barry has stained it, and painted half of the fence; there’s still one side to do.  We’ve also dropped the manhole cover and are encouraging grass to grow over it so we don’t have a big, unsightly hole in the garden any more.

It’s amazing how much better the garden looks in the sunshine!

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We’ve been using the decking a lot over the last week or so, when temperatures have been nearly 30 degrees, so getting it put in this May was excellent timing (for my maternity leave as well!).

Just getting some flowers for the raised bed, watch this space…