Green Fingers?

May I refer you back to my Tentative 2013 Aims post where I mentioned casually that I wanted to grow some Sweet Peas this year? I wrote it casually but I’ve written something about growing things each year and still haven’t been able to do so. Really frustrating! We have a small concrete yard at the back of our house and I LOVE having a little outdoor space. We lived in a flat for two and a half years and despite this yard being tiny, it makes such a difference having a little bit of space. I like to stand out there and just appreciate being outside but you know, still being able to wear pyjamas and crocs to do so.

The thing is, our outdoor space here hasn’t been very useable – it’s been a much needed dumping ground for all the things that we stripped out of the lounge and other parts of the house, and was still full of weird old plants and stuff that were here when we moved in. I’ve been desperate to USE it like a little garden … a table and chairs, some pots, being able to make it a bit pretty.

When the weather was sunny, we tided and sorted on the spur of the moment. We still need a trip to the tip but it’s a million times better already. I can sweep it! I can get pots! So I did …

Here, is my pot of sweet peas. Just waiting for some canes to grow up! I bought the plants and realised I didn’t know what to do with them so I just separated them out and planted and watered them in well. We will see!

Now, in addition to that is the long planter on the wall. This has happily grown weeds for two years until it produced some surprise crocuses in March that were subsequently killed by the snow.

Now it houses my two aubretia plants that my mother in law gave me last year and because I was massive and pregnant I just let them languish in the yard on their own. Poor plants. Fortunately they are hardy little devils and have fared not too badly for my poor treatment of them. Imagine my joy when walking TTB round the garden (a total of about ten steps but we like doing it anyway) that I noticed it had bloomed a flower. Happy!

I would love my little yard-en to look like this:

but with a little table and chairs too. I think the pots need to be elevated on a table or shelfy thing of some kind though as I do question the practicality of floor level pots with a curious little boy around.


P.S I carried this bag of compost all the way home all by myself. Superwoman!

9 thoughts on “Green Fingers?

  1. Good luck with your pots – I started out just the same as you with a little yard, and if you look at my photos, you can see how it has developed as we’ve moved over the years.
    Thought I’d let you know that there is a new compost (well new to me anyway) by miracle grow, which is dehydrated in some way and swells up 3x when you add water, but the best thing is it’s much lighter for us girlies to carry home, without waiting for someone with more muscles!
    Have a good Bank Holiday weekend. x

  2. Hi Heather, I’m impressed with your strength ! I think your little yard is ideal when you have a small person….my garden went into the “wilderness years” when the boys were young as I couldn’t keep on top of it.
    Hope you sweet peas do well….I’ve got some as well…they are my most favourite flower, the scent is beautiful.
    Jacquie x

  3. Anne Marie says:

    Love your plants and agree with you they would be easier to manage if at different levels. Look out for old crates, anything you could fashion into plant stands. I want to have some herbs as when I buy them they don’t last long.

    I wish I had your little yard, my garden takes a lot of looking after even though it’s not huge. I’d love the plants in pots, white painted wall look. Don’t let anyone talk you into wanting a garden unless it’s a wild flower one. Definitely NOT a lawn.

  4. Alison says:

    Hi been looking at your blog as I have recently started to crochet again, dabbled a bit years ago.
    You can buy small wigwam type canes for the sweetpeas to grow up and around. I have a free range rabbit in my garden so pots sadly have to be up on benches that a friend made, but they are no use if we leave a chair nearby as she climbs up. I do regularly find her sitting on my patio bench!!!
    PS I am thoroughly enjoying crochet, especially fine motifs,I really feel I have achieved something, but I don’t do them all the time.
    Have a good weekend.

  5. Gail says:

    Hope your sweetpeas grow well, it’ll be lovely to be able to just nip out and pick some for a vase, if you have a B & M Bargains store close by they are selling cheap obelisks for only £3.99.

  6. Gail says:

    Hope your sweetpeas grow well, it\’ll be lovely to be able to just nip out and pick some for a vase, if you have a B & M Bargains store close by they are selling cheap obelisks for only £3.99.

  7. Sue says:

    I love my garden. It is nice to go out and get some fresh air. There are always jobs to do though. You have two choices with pots, grow hardy plants that should survive for a few years or annuals (like your sweet peas) which last one season. You can also grow bulbs but they would have to be tough to survive oop north :-)

    I lost a couple of plants this winter even though I am in Dorset.

    I cover my plants in pots with special garden fleece bags and all of the plants survived the winter here.

    I don’t know how you managed to carry that bag of compost!

    Perhaps TTB will be your little garden helper in a year or two.

  8. You should be fine with TTB and pots at the moment. It’s when they get older and want to help that the trouble begins ;¬) Stashlet is now regularly digging up the garden and rearranging the pots (he was digging in those too until he got shouted at one too many times, poor wee one).

    Other plants that I’ve grown in pots are hostas, dahlias, hops (if you put up a trellis they will romp away), heucheras and Japanese maples (you can get small varieties that only grow to a metre or so).

    By the way, don’t forget to dead-head your sweet peas otherwise they don’t flower half as profusely.

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