Sunday, 19 May 2013
In the garden
This weekend I've been on a mission to start taming the garden. I needed plants, so this morning, with the sun peeping through the curtains at 6.30am, I went to my local car boot to see if I could find some. I gave myself strict instructions: no vintage for in the house, because I've just put everything away from my sale days and I would really like to keep the space clear for as long as I can.
I spotted this giant sieve which makes the perfect place for some geraniums. I have lined it with some coconut inner to stop the water spouting out of the sides but I think it will look really nice when the geraniums start to trail. It really is a whopper. I wonder what it was used for? A school kitchen? Someone offered to buy the sieve from me when I was walking to the car but I wasn't selling.
I also found some delphiniums for 60p each, so I bought some of those, too.
I came home and spent two or three hours digging, weeding, sweeping and sorting out old pots.
Still some way to go, but it's looking much neater than before. The day was fine and warm, it was beautiful to be outside.
I have sown some seeds, too, to keep costs down. I always put in plenty of cornflowers, as they are only 29p a packet at Aldi, and they always come up and provide a good display of colour. Great for filling in gaps.
I was tired today as we went to the cinema last night to see The Great Gatsby. It hasn't had good reviews, but we all enjoyed it. If you are a real stickler for literary accuracy, then no, perhaps it wouldn't be a great idea to go, but for sheer spectacle and a bit of escapism, I would recommend it. Leonardo DiCaprio is well cast as Gatsby and looks very fine in 1920s clothes. Carey Mulligan is also beautiful as Daisy, with creamy skin and incredible frocks. A nice weekend, I wish it could last a little longer. Hope you had a good one, too.