are the violets that I bought this weekend. Very frilly and frivolous, aren't they?
On Saturday it was overcast and dull, alas, so I went to the garden center to buy a few things for the garden.
This is what I brought home with me, a few plants and a very nice deep blue bowl with 2 little birdies to put birdseed in for the birds outside.
Here's a closer look at those frilly violets I also bought. Fun aren't they, and so pretty!
On Sunday I woke up to blue skies and sunshine, so finally some good weather to do a bit of work in the garden. This time I decided to tackle the front garden as it was long overdue. Of course, what you need, to do a job properly, is some good equipment and here is mine.
And here is a close up of all the stuff I needed to prune the roses and tie them up. I have a lot of roses in my front garden, mainly climbing ones that only need a light prune and the removal of dead wood.
I also needed to do a lot of weeding as you can see here. I have 6 beds in my front garden edged with box. In the middle of each bed is a obelisk for a climbing rose.
To make the job of weeding easy I have a kneeling bench that is great to have, as it's easy on the back and knees. It also makes getting up much easier as you can just push yourself up. If you turn this bench upside down, you have a little stool to sit upon. Very handy, don't you think?
Because I was working in the front garden, and ran the risk of other people being able to see me, I decided to dress for the occasion. It really doesn't do to frighten one's neighbours by looking a fright while working in the garden. Here's a glimpse of my garden apparel. Pretty in pink, as they say, with matching hold all. Well, I do have a standard to maintain, as the garden fashionista of the garden bloggers world, don't I? :-pRight, lets get cracking with the weeding.
After about 2 hours, a lot of weeds had gone in the pink hold all and the beds were getting pretty neat and tidy again.
There, you see, all weeds gone.
Here's an overview of my front garden. There are 2 beds on the left and 4 on the right, divided by a path leading to the front door.
After all the hard work, I decided to relax in one of my favorite spots in the garden, my little table and chair next to the Victorian greenhouse. It's a very secluded spot and I love sitting there, basking in the spring sun. It was nice out, the birds were singing and the daffodils were gently nodding their heads in the light breeze. It was fun to just relax with a nice cuppa and and do a spot of sunbathing. Bliss!
If we are to believe the Bible, the first murder was carried out by a gardener. And the first garden was a place where sin beckoned wherever you turned.
Simon Busch, The Guardian, 23 May 2003