Garage Garden – June 1st

Pictures taken today of the garage garden.  New plants:

  • 2 pink geraniums
  • alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle)
  • polemonium “Bressingham Purple” (Jacob’s ladder)
  • an iris with very unusual colouring – anybody know what it’s called?
  • nasturtiums

A Walk on the Wild(ish) Side

The swans at Rooksbury Mill have a new cygnet:

Two white swans guarding their fluffy new cygnet.

Swans guarding their new cygnet.

And look who I spotted on the way back:

Hedgehog peeping out between leaves.

Hedgehog hiding.

Abridged – A letraset story.

This snap was taken recently in London, near Blackfriars bridge. I nearly walked past it until I spotted the word “Argos”.  A bit of urban intervention with transfers.

A likely story…

Garage Garden End of May 2012

A very big thank you to the lovely mystery gardeners of Andover! The garden has acquired some wallflowers, a big wild geranium, and a furry-leaved plant. I also spotted a little white-flowered alpine (which I think has been there for a while), and some seedlings.

Sadly, the Range sale marigolds did not make it.

A while back we scattered some seeds on the garden for scented plants. There are lots of things sprouting but I’ll need to wait a while to identify them.

Some of the plants have drooped a bit in the hot weather and some of them have also been trampled by  a migrating herd of asshats who stomped over the plot in big boots and dropped stones on them. They’re all recovering well after a few good waterings.

Here’s a quick picture update taken about a week ago.  I need to post another one soon, as friends generously donated plants which have been moved to their new home. As you can see the plot is looking much greener.

And there’s a reminder of what the plot was like when we started back in April. It was taken after I dug it over for the first time. We’ve come a long way already. I’m looking foward to seeing what we can do in another couple of months.

Garage Garden Day 21

A huge thank you to the mystery gardeners who have come to play and plant things!

“Linsdey” donated forget-me-nots and pulmonaria, hardy plants with pretty flowers which well spread well.

Other mystery gardeners have donated a euphorbia (with helpful label, thank you!), a pale pink primrose, and a couple of tall, silvery-leaved plants that I don’t recognise.

Meanwhile, the poppies are recovering, the pansies and violas are settling in nicely, and my other half added some clearance marigolds he bought at The Range.  The plot is really filling in.

If you’d like to join in, you can find information on the garden here.

Garage Guerilla Garden – Days 8 – 10

Day 8

I’ve added some self-seeded poppies that have been sitting in pots waiting for a home. I wasn’t quite careful enough in digging them out and lost a bit of root from each. They’re sulking. I’ll keep watering them and hope they recover.

Poppies wilting a bit.

Poppies not thrilled about being transplanted.








This little plant is a pulsatilla pratensis. I bought it from the nursery collective’s stall at the Friday market in Andover. They always have a great selection of plants at very reasonable prices, and they’re at the market every week.

pulsatilla pratensis

Pulsatilla pratensis. Love the fluffy purple centre.








Day 10

Friends visited and donated a generous amount of plants from their garden: geraniums, alstroemeria, tiny succulents, hellebores, and “bunny ears” (none of us know the proper name for those). I found some more aquilegias to add. We all got busy with the trowels to get the plants in, and my other half constructed a little rampart around the garden to stop all the water running off. It’s starting to look a bit more populated.  We’ve also planted seeds for red sunflowers and a mixed batch of scented plants.

Plot has a few more plants.

The plot with latest additions.








More plants are always welcome!

Lonely Guerilla Garden Needs Friends

Let’s make a garden! I’ve done my first ever bit of guerilla gardening. This plot has been dug over, forked, rubbish picked, raked  and had chicken poo sprinkled on it.

guerilla garden plot

Lonely plants need some friends.

All it needs now is some plants. I’ve put a few in but they definitely need some friends. Want to come and play and plant things?

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