Monday’s Meander Round the Garden

My friend and I went to Harrogate Flower Show on Thursday, we had a great time, perusing all the plant stalls and making a purchase or two…or more! There’s always a plant creche at the show, for £1 or so you can leave your plants there until it’s home time. It’s a great idea, but it’s not good for the purses – having arms full of bags is a fair indicator of how much you’ve spent, leave them all in the creche and you suddenly have empty hands to fill again!

The problem then comes at home time when we realised we probably had getting on for twenty plants to carry between us! We used a tried and tested method which always causes great hilarity as people see us walking past…I had bought three 6′ metal stakes which were bound up together, my friend held one end whilst I threaded the bags onto the stakes, we could then carry the plants between us swinging gently from the stakes!

So what did I buy – two beautiful clematis to grow up my new arbour, some very pretty variegated irises, a geum, a very pretty aquilegia (I can never resist an aquilegia!) a purple lupin and a few others besides! Here they all our, tucked around some pots by the back door…

Harrogate Flower Show

Over the weekend the weather suddenly dried up a bit – we had thunderstorms and hail on Thursday! I decided to take the opportunity to paint my arbour. I had just enough soft green left from other projects to give it two coats. I’m still chuffed to bits with my arbour!

April garden

My bench is from Skipton market, it looks like it’s been made using various recycled bits of chairs, so it’s got curved arms, turned legs and a carving bit on the back. It was either distressed or painted to look as if it was distressed. Either way although I thought it look pretty (My OH clearly wasn’t quite so keen!) I felt it needed painting to weather proof it. I didn’t have any green left but I did have a full tin of cream which I was originally going to paint the inside of the summerhouse with. Perfect I thought.

April garden

It took two coats to get a reasonable cover, it was pretty fiddly to paint. Unfortunately I’m really not sure about it, it looks awfully bright! I’m hoping a couple of months in the sunshine will tone it down a bit, otherwise I might just repaint it in the summer, maybe a heathery colour or a soft grey…or even green! Luckily I still love the concept of the arbour and the bench, I think it’s gone together really well, I can’t wait for the clematis to start covering it.

April garden

I managed to plant most of my purchases today, I’ve put a clematis up either side of the arbour. A few plants went in the bed by the conservatory door, I’m aiming to have this bed soft blues and creamy whites, so I’ve got a cream standard rose, purple sage, a gorgeous cream broom which was an impulse buy at last year’s show, I’ve added today a very pretty blue and white aquilegia, some soft blue irises which have beautiful variegated leaves and I also moved a veronica to make way for a clematis. I need a couple more soft foliage plants I think to bring it all together.

April garden

My pond area is one of my favourite areas at the moment, the solomons seal are standing tall and starting to flower, blue cammassia are flowering too. The foliage is all starting to unfurl, hostas, irises, dog toothed violets, primulas, it’s all fresh and changing every day.

April garden

We finally had a good amount of rain this week, so the weeds are shooting up as well as the plants, I’ve been busy weeding today but I’ve still a long way to go. There’s lots of dandelions flowering but we’re advised now not to spray dandelions until the brambles are flowering as they are such an important source of nectar for bees at this time of year and we need to look after the bees!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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18 Responses to Monday’s Meander Round the Garden

  1. the senior weaver says:

    I like the bench and plants. Maybe it will weather. It still looks great in your garden.

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  2. Ann says:

    Oh Margaret, those were he days !!!! Actually the garden doesn’t look too bad except the grass needs cutting. xxx

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  3. Laura says:

    Love the arbor and bench! Your garden just gets better and better!

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  4. Jane M says:

    What a great idea to carry all your purchases! Your new bench and arbout look great and I think the colour will mellow over the summer

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  5. Prue Batten says:

    When I think back to your bare and cut-back garden of winter, isn’t it amazing to see how far a garden can come in a short space of time? Love all your purchases, and think the arbour has coloured up beautifully.

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  6. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Love both arbor and bench. They will weather together! xx

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  7. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I am sure the bees love your garden it is so full of wonderful plants full of nectar. Your arbor turned out beautifully and the bench is perfect. I bet it does tone down a bit in the weather. If not as you say it can be repainted.

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    What a great time at the Flower Show and finishing up your Arbor! I love those columbines, so pretty!

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  9. tialys says:

    I like your method of carrying your haul, I’m sure the looks of amusement wèe also those of admiration for your ingenuity
    I love the green you’ve used for your arbour and agree that the cream looks a bit ‘startling ‘ at the moment in comparison but it will weather in soon enough and blend in nicely.

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  10. Everything looks wonderful ~ I love the color of the arbor and the bench is fabulous.


  11. wybrow1966 says:

    You can’t beat a good garden show – the arbour looks wonderful too!


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