Whisky flowers

Flower whisky barrel

Last year when we were driving back from a visit to a whisky distillery, we passed a sign on the side of the road advertising whisky barrel planters for sale. “Pull in, I want one please!” I shouted, much to everyones amusement.

After a nice chat with the whisky barrel man and a bit of re-arranging in the boot, we pulled out with this lovely planter!

They had all been made by a retired cooper and I don’t doubt it, you can smell the whisky in the wood. Yum.

When my mum was visiting we popped to the garden centre and bought some new flowers to put in it for the summer.

They have grown a lot in that short time and it has pride of place by our front door.

I just love it!

 

 

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Moo

"Do you have food for me?"
“Do you have food for me?”

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend?

We went for a walk today and came across these very inquisitive cows. I think they thought we were going to feed them.

The summer weather has taken us outside into the garden more in recent weeks with much less time inside crafting.

But I’ve been thinking about taking a beginners quilting workshop at the local quilting shop and pinning lots of quilting inspiration too.

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Green fingers

Our new plants have arrived!

plantstoplant.com have kindly sent us a great selection for our front border. I can’t wait to plant them. I love the colours and textures and I really like the different grasses!

Scotland can be a bit chilly and breezy at times, so they have send us ones that will be happy in our climate.

They arrived in some genius packaging. If they did have any bumps along the way you couldn’t tell – they were well protected.

The delivery came with a helpful ‘what to do when you receive your plants’ guide. Always useful for a beginner like me! First step, stand them in water so they can have a good drink.

Ace packaging!

Here’s what they are going to look like when they are fully grown.

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I’m not quite ready to plant them yet so i’ve put them in my little plastic greenhouse for now. Hopefully I can plant them at the weekend.

 

This post is sponsored by plantstoplant.com and has a family connection with my auntie and uncle offering their expert gardening advice and a selection of plants for this border in exchange for my honest feedback on plantstoplant.com products and service. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Plantstoplant.com sell rare and unusual plants for all seasons and spaces. They deliver direct to your door and your plants are sent in special packaging to ensure they reach you in perfect condition.

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Crochet baby mobile inspiration

I’m seriously considering making a crochet baby mobile for my niece at the moment.

I’m just trying to decide what the theme should be!? Any suggestions?

There’s some great inspiration on Pinterest. I love the little aeroplanes, they would be fun to make. She’s a bit too young to tell me if she loves aeroplanes yet though so I think i’ll go for something more girly.

Whatever I do go for it’s definitely got to be fun, happy and full of bright colours. :)

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Run a 5K race. check.

RunBalmoral 5K
My official time 00:31:28

If you’d have asked me a few years ago if I’d ever run a 5K race it’d have probably said no. It wouldn’t have seemed possible to achieve something like that, running was something other people did.

Never say never though because after a lot of training and along with 697 other runners at the RunBalmoral, I ran my first 5K!

The whole day was a lot of fun. It looked like it was going to be a wet day when we set off, but thankfully the rain held and when we reached Balmoral the sun broke through and it was a really warm afternoon.

There was a great atmosphere with lots of families out to cheer relatives and friends on.

Balmoral is a lovely setting and a great place to run if you have the opportunity.

The race itself was tough and hotter than expected. I had too many layers on and over heated quite early on. I made the rookie mistake of setting off too fast and tiring out too soon as well. I found it hard to pace myself at the beginning until I had overtaken a few people running a slower race and found some others running the same pace as me.

Despite all that I made it through and crossed the finish line with a big smile.

One check in the bucket list of life, 5K done!

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Jazzing up my front garden planted border

front garden borderWe have a triangular border in our front garden that could do with a few more plants and some colour.

The heather and hydrangea at the front of the picture were there when we moved in.

Last year I planted the four behind that to fill in the big gap. I have no what they are! Some of them are intentionally evergreen so it looked less bare over the winter.

Now that spring is here I think it needs a bit of colour to liven it up, so I’m researching some flowers that might look nice.

I don’t know anything about gardening or selecting plants yet but here’s what I do know about the border.

  • It is north facing and gets some sun in the morning over the top of the house, then more in the late afternoon/evening
  • The soil condition is dry and stoney
  • There is a slatted fence on one side but it is mainly exposed
  • The plant height could be anything from ground level to 1m
  • Temperatures here are roughly -2 °C to 20°C

My long term aim would be for this border to be colourful and full of flowers. A mix of plant types would be nice, I like the look of ornamental grasses and cottage garden plants especially. Varying heights might add some interest, perhaps taller plants at the back next to the fence, graduating down to low plants at the front. I’ve started pinning plants that might look nice, what do you think?

Follow jennamakes’s board Garden Plants – Front Border on Pinterest.

This post is sponsored by plantstoplant.com and has a family connection with my auntie and uncle offering their expert gardening advice and a selection of plants for this border in exchange for my honest feedback on plantstoplant.com products and service. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Plantstoplant.com sell rare and unusual plants for all seasons and spaces. They deliver direct to your door and your plants are sent in special packaging to ensure they reach you in perfect condition.

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Two-legged rattle rabbit

We are really pleased to have become an auntie and uncle for the first time recently and I’ve been working on this crochet two-legged rattle rabbit the last few weeks for our niece!

rattle rabbit

If you are looking for a small crochet project for a baby then this one is ideal. It didn’t take very long to crochet, the pattern is really easy to follow and there was minimal sewing which is a big plus for me.

I ordered from plastic rattle noise makers online but if you didn’t want it to make a noise it would be just as good without it.

In other news…

I’ve moved my website hosting again and I’m hoping it’s for the last time now! I reached the limits on the free hosting package I was using pretty quickly so I’m on a paid service now which is better. I had a bit of a problem migrating my old posts across and without boring you with the details, I don’t think I’m going to be able to. Not to worry, I’ll just have to write some new ones. :)

With a hint of spring in the air and the warmer weather, I’ve been thinking about what I need to do in the garden. I need to chop back some of the larger bushes ready for the summer and have a bit of a tidy up. I picked up a 4-tier greenhouse and some propagators and I hope to grow some flowers for the first time this year.

I ran 5K for the first time this month! Woot! So excited to have finally got there and a month ahead of the Balmoral 5K I’m running too which I’m really pleased about.

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