Tuesday, 1 June 2010

How does your garden grow?

Ahh, yes, so as per usual I have been VERY busy in the garden and at the allotment, producing all manner of wonderful vegetables and flowers....

Ok, so not really. For a very fabulous birthday surprise last week the lovely husband took me on a surprise trip to the Chelsea Flower Show. What made it even better was that I had spent the previous few evenings watching it on television and saying "ooh, we really must go next year" whilst he sat quietly next to me knowing that he had surprise tickets and picnic hampers at the ready.

There was so much to look at it, and it really is an amazing place to go if you are into gardening.
I came away with loads of ideas, the main one being that I am going to put vegetables in with flowers this year in our back garden, as well as at the allotment. We have a small garden but borders all around, and quite a large patio, so there is quite a bit of space that can be filled.
So far we have courgettes, cucumbers, tomatoes, squashes, pumpkins, kohl rabi, french beans and peas. I bought a couple of packets of seeds back with me which have gone straight into pots.
The allotment has rhubarb, peas, broad beans, potatoes, asparagus, raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries, blackberries, carrots, parnsips and a kiwi plant.
I don't think any of us will be suffering from vitamin deficiency any time soon. Hopefully we'll save a small fortune as well!


Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh goodness how lovely & a very Happy Birthday too Missy!
We went to the Harrogate Flower Show this year & that was a lot of fun, so I'm guessing the Chelsea Flower Show is amazing, how lucky you are!
Lots of love

Lisa said...

What a lucky girl you were! I only managed to see a couple of the BBC programmes on Chelsea this year.
Hope you had a great birthday and wonderful day out.
Fab photos!
Lisa xx

driftwood said...

looks like a heavenly day out, and what a top hubby to organise it all secretly xx

dottycookie said...

Oh, Happy Birthday! It's years since we went to Chelsea, but it was a wonderful experience - sounds like you came away as fired up as we did!

Dragonfly said...

I'm so jealous! I've always wanted to go too - it looks wonderful, as ever. I love the long, skinny root vegetables!

Nicola said...

You are so lucky. I would love a visit to the Chelsea flower show. Unfortunatly not much chance now I live in New Zealand. Thank you for sharing your visit.

Maxabella said...

Can you believe I lived in Chelsea for 3 years and never once visited this divine Flower Show? Of course, this was pre-marriage, pre-kids, pre-life really. I don't think I ever gave gardens a thought back in. Now I'm obsessed.

Curlew Country said...

I'm so sorry my dear - totally missed that you'd posted this. You lucky spud being whisked off to Chelsea. I too am putting veg in the borders, well herbs for a start. I have finally made friends with Alys Fowler and got hooked on her Edible Garden series. The book to go with it is lovley too. One problem - now I NEED chickens!

Lots of love

Cowboys and Custard said...

I keep saying 'Ooh I would really like to go to Chelsea one day'.. but so far Mr Custardo has failed to take the hint..!!
Maybe I'll pack my own sandwich next year and my spotty handkerchief on a stick and head for Londinium in May!

Hope you had a fab time amongst the flora and very very happy belated birthday to you dear Cafe girl.

Much love
Custardo xxxx

Jill said...

What a lovely surprise, I think everyone should go to Chelsea if only once it truly is special!!

The Curious Cat said...

Wow! What a lovely surprise! So sweet and I love the photos and displays - well worth the trip...so there is me going...maybe next year! xxx

Tink's Stuff said...

I love your garden