• Posts Tagged ‘garden plant’

    Country craft: Simple vases

    by  • 14/07/2013 • Crafting, Gardening • 0 Comments

    Simple vases

    Jam jars bring effortless style to freshly picked flowers

    Arrange freshly cut flowers in collected jam jars for easy summer styling. Either group the jars together or place in a line with single blooms or a jolly mix of pretty posies.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. And for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not buy our  Country Home Ideas app?

     

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    Sunday morning make…floral bouquet

    by  • 03/03/2013 • Crafting, Gardening, Shopping • 1 Comment

    We love flowers here, and sending a floral bouquet is a lovely idea for a Mother’s Day gift. But what if you want to create a bespoke arrangement and send it yourself? This has just got a lot easier with Interflora’s fantastic new online design tool Myinterfloracreation.co.uk

    Using the on-line software you can create your own bespoke bouquet with a drag and drop tool. There are over 70 different flowers and foliage varieties plus a choice of vases and accessories to make your arrangement really unique. Once the bouquet is designed, you can save and share the image before having the real bouquet made up and delivered. A great way to get involved with the creative process before handing over to a real florist to make up your bouquet. Here’s one I made earlier!

    Floral arrangement by Myinterfloracreation.co.uk

    Floral arrangement by Myinterfloracreation.co.uk

     

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    Garden news

    by  • 29/09/2011 • Gardening • 3 Comments

    It is with a little sadness that I bring you the last of our garden updates for this  year. As the  growing season draws to an end we’ve decided to give the ground, and the gardeners, a rest for a few months so the plot is gradually being put to rest. There are still a few crops to harvest such as tomatoes and beans, plus it looks like we may have some raspberries to look forward to in the autumn months.

    Highlights from this year include being part of the company garden open day event, our summer harvest raffle, getting the magazine team green-fingered and of course watching everything grow. Thank you for your support, tips and ideas you’ve sent to us over the last few months. Please keep them coming – we’ll be planning next years garden very soon. In the meantime, enjoy the last of this seasons sunshine and harvest.

    A ladybird enjoys a light lunch

    A ladybird enjoys a light lunch

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    Garden update

    by  • 22/09/2011 • Gardening • 1 Comment

    We’re still crop harvesting on the roof, despite the ever changing weather. Tomatoes, beans and chillies make their way from plot to plate this week – see our pictures below. Hopefully they’ll be a few more pickings before the big plant clear up takes place and we free the beds for winter growing.

    Tomatoes and mini snail!

    Tomatoes and mini snail!

    Chillies and beans

    Chillies and beans

    Brussels and beans

    Brussels and beans

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    Garden update

    by  • 25/08/2011 • Gardening • 1 Comment

    It’s been a soggy week up on the roof, but the garden is benefitting from a good dose of rain and is looking lovely and lush. Some sunshine would be appreciated to ripen some of our green tomatoes. Maybe now would be the time to ask for any ideas and recipes for ways to use under ripe tomatoes, just in case!

    Our lush, green garden

    Our lush, green garden

    Some of our green tomatoes

    Some of our green tomatoes

    Beans, sprouts and tomatoes

    Beans, sprouts and tomatoes

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    Roof garden update

    by  • 11/08/2011 • Gardening • 0 Comments

    After the hot sunshine of last week, we’ve had another battle on our hands in the garden as caterpillars emerged to claim their patch. Found making themselves at home on the cauliflowers and sprouts, they weren’t a nuisance for too long after we picked them off the leaves. We did lose a few of the brassicas to prevent more eggs hatching though.

    It did give us a chance to tidy up the plot a bit, deadhead the flowers, check the tomato vines and put down some more soil to refresh the ground for another sowing of seeds. We’ve got a few odd salad seeds left over so we scattered some of these under the bean canes.

    See our garden photographs from the week so far…

    One of our newly cleared plots, freshly sown with salad seeds

    One of our newly cleared plots, freshly sown with salad seeds

    Some of our resident caterpillars

    Some of our resident caterpillars

    Tomato plants

    Tomato plants

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    Kitchen garden update

    by  • 04/08/2011 • Gardening • 1 Comment

    Our plans for the garden were put on hold this week due to the super-hot sun beating down on the plot. Watering, and more watering was top of the list instead to keep the crops happy.

    The tomatoes have relished the extra rays though (as long as they were irrigated well) and we’ve seen the first few fruits starting to blush and ripen. We have picked more beans too. Although the crop has been small so far, we’re hoping for more as the plants are still flowering.

    Unfortunately the first sprouting carrot and salad seedlings, planted the other week, couldn’t stand the heat and have withered away. We hope to plant more as the cooler weather returns over the next few days.

    Here’s some of our photographs from the plot

    The garden with tomatoes in the background

    The garden with tomatoes in the background

    Our first ripe tomatoes

    Our first ripe tomatoes

    Some of our runner bean harvest

    Some of our runner bean harvest

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    Roof garden update

    by  • 28/07/2011 • Gardening • 0 Comments

    The garden is full of blooms and mini-beasts this week. Spotted over the last few days have been lots of ladybirds, bees and butterflies basking in the very welcome sunshine. The flowering calendula and nasturtium are adding a dash of colour to the ever present greenery too.

    Tasks for this week included clearing away the peas and pruning back some of the tomatoes. We’ve a few bare spaces now on the patch which need filling. A job for next week!

    Calendula and leeks

    Calendula and leeks

    Calendula flowers

    Calendula flowers

    A visiting bee

    A visiting bee

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    Kitchen garden update

    by  • 21/07/2011 • Gardening • 2 Comments

    With the weather being so woeful of recent, the garden has had a bit of a bruising. Jobs for this week saw us dealing with the aftermath from the downpours with some more re-caning and tying up of the beans, peas and tomatoes to give then a chance against the rooftop conditions.

    The weather is also having an impact on some of the crop harvests. The usual high yielding runner beans and courgettes are struggling to bear much fruit with the lack of sun. It would be interesting to hear from anyone else who’s had problems with the weather – and even better to get some growing tips! In the meantime let’s hope for sunnier times ahead.

    The weather weary garden!

    The weather weary garden!

    Runner beans

    Runner beans

    Our green tomatoes

    Our green tomatoes

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    Roof garden update

    by  • 14/07/2011 • Gardening • 3 Comments

    The garden has been treated to a little bit of a tidy up this week. After the first big harvest of the year, the plot had once hidden weeds to pull out, bare soil to replant and there were plenty of things to tie up or trim back.

    More carrot, radish and lettuce seed has now been sown; the herbs have been tidied; and the tomatoes, beans and peas have been given some more support. See below for the latest photographs.

    Calendula and nasturtium in flower

    Calendula and nasturtium in flower

    Tomatoes and cane supports

    Tomatoes and cane supports

    Peas and beans with new supports

    Peas and beans with new supports

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