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How Does Your Garden Grow

by greenrabbitdesigns

Hello everyone and happy new week!
I can’t believe we are at the longest day of the year already, it certainly does not seem six months since I did this post on the shortest day. I can remember feeling happy writing that post even though we were deep in snow because the days were lengthening again which makes me slightly sad today as I know they’re now beginning to shorten again!
Anyhow lets not get too down about it, there is much to enjoy especially in the garden. Everything is coming on a treat probably due to the amount of rain we’ve had!!!

Beautiful lilies.


Honeysuckle, with it’s gorgeous scent!

Sweet William.

Daisies, one of my favourites.


And one of the bee’s favourites, foxgloves.

Of course there is still much to come like this beautiful rose.

A lovely little crop of beetroot as well as many other vegetables waiting to be harvested.

Ripening raspberries.

Little yellow flowers that will become delicious tomatoes!

And my sack of potatoes, this is the first time I’ve grown potatoes and when I look at this little sack I do wonder what is going on in there!

So lots of things going on in the garden. I love my garden, can you tell! ๐Ÿ™‚

Just to re-cap on the past weekend, you’ll remember I was going to a Debbie Abrahams knitting workshop entitled ‘Strawberries and Cream’, well this is what I made………..

The exercise was to practice the intarsia technique and beading.

It is knitted in Rowan Cotton Glace 4 ply yarn. I really enjoyed knitting in the fine yarn with 3mm and 2.25 mm needles. Working with beads was fun too, so it has inspired me to do some more of this type of knitting.

You’ll also remember that we were going to see my son’s band perform on Friday night at a local festival. Well as predicted the weather was wet but what a great evening we had. Now of course I’m going to say this but they really are good, please remember the name ‘General Fiasco’!!!

That’s my boy on the far left. Proud Mum?? Absolutely!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Well folks this has been a long post and if you’re still here, well done!
Have a great week and I hope the sun shines on you!

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Rosy Nancarrow June 21, 2011 - 11:30 am

We are growing potatoes for the first time as well, in a sack too! Ours look the same as yours so hopefully thats a good sign. Any idea when we are meant to harvest them (or get rid of the green stuff above and find nothing below… hopefully not!)

Margaret June 21, 2011 - 12:52 pm

Your flowers are glorious! I especially love the foxglove picture.
What lovely knitted projects you made at the workshop – love the beaded strawberry!

jill June 21, 2011 - 1:03 pm

Vivienne, you’re garden must look stunning, going by all those beautiful flower photographs. I bet you can’t wait for the raspberries and tomotoes to ripen up, there’s nothing compares to the taste of homegrown :0) Hope your little spuds are growing nicely in their sack too.

I’m blown away by your knitting – that strawberry bag is just divine. You must be well chuffed with it. I look forward to seeing you incorporate the beading into your fab designs in the future.

I’ve just popped out to buy some wool to make another pram blanket for yet another friend who has just had a baby. I’m using the same pattern that I used previously as it was such an easy one to follow and I was really pleased with how it turned out.

You must be so proud of your boy – I’m really pleased they gave a great performance at the festival.


Jenny June 21, 2011 - 1:41 pm

My garden is looking absolutely shameful compared to yours Vivienne! Your flowers are all beautiful, how lucky you are to have such a lovely garden to enjoy! Love the strawberry knitting too, the colours are yummy! Have a great rest of your week xxx

Mia June 21, 2011 - 3:25 pm

Your flowers are just so beautiful, Viv! Fantastic colors! I am in deep deep denial about the shortening days no-no-no-no.-no-not yet, please ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s enjoy the summer now, and tackle that task MUCH later… Your knitting looks wonderful again, and so does you dear boy, you really can be proud!

Have a wonderful Midsummer week and many, many happy greetings from Finland!


Patty June 21, 2011 - 3:52 pm

I just love Sweet Williams, they remind me of my childhood and I bought a pack of seeds but shame on me they are still sat on the kitchen table waiting to be planted!
I did the potatoes in a sack thing last year and there was good and bad. They took off well but once the foliage was really dense I struggled to get my watering can through the leaves and I’m sure they didn’t get as much water as needed. I also think I chose too big a variety of potato as they didn’t have enough room to fill out and some got squashed. However the ones which came out, and it was so exciting, were very tasty and they stored really well wrapped in newspaper.
Your strawberry knitting looks fab and all way over my head, must take some concentration. Glad the concert was good fun. Sally x

Jane June 21, 2011 - 4:48 pm

Hi Vivienne, it’s great to be back and to see just how well your garden is growing. Lots of lovely flowers and veg there. I agree re the time, I do remember your shortest day post as ours were so similar-LOL! Where have 6 months gone. Gorgeous knitting, I just L*O*V*E strawberries, your beads really add to the end result, well done you. I can feel your pride regarding your son…what fun and good luck to them!
Jane x

Helen Philipps June 21, 2011 - 5:09 pm

Your flowers all look in the peak of perfection, Vivienne! You really have got green fingers. The strawberry knitting looks wonderful, very neat and professional and I love the beads. And how lovely to go and see your son play – it must have been thrilling. Have a great week.
Helen x

Lola Nova June 21, 2011 - 5:27 pm

What a beautiful garden! I am feeling much cheered by your pretty flowers. The knitting is amazing, I love it! and of course, congratulations to your son and his band, how exciting.
Have a wonderful day!

Amanda Ackermann June 21, 2011 - 7:07 pm

Love the name of the band!!! I will most certainly remember it.

Your flowers are absolutely gorgeous – I think my dear garden is yelling at me. I haven’t weeded in a couple weeks…oops.

I must learn how to knit.

Kristyne June 21, 2011 - 10:48 pm

There was an old Laura Ashley print called Dianthus. So pretty. And foxglove … to me it is the quintessential English cottage garden flower (with hollyhocks). Hollyhocks – I have aplenty. Foxglove – I’d give my right arm to have some! I tried to grow one once, but they just don’t like it here. Sigh.

Kristyne June 21, 2011 - 10:49 pm

Forgot to add “Thanks for sharing yours!” ๐Ÿ™‚

Susan June 22, 2011 - 2:17 pm

Oh no Vivienne…I have just realised that the days will be getting shorter!…Your garden is looking beautiful and I would love to have a go at growing my own potatoes too…they always taste better don’t they?…..Your knitting project is beautiful….I love using cotton yarns…..and how exciting to watch your son perform….I shall be showing my daughters the pic!!….
Susan x

harmony and rosie June 22, 2011 - 3:02 pm

I most certainly will remember that name and such a great name too! Vivienne you clever girlie, your strawberry is BEAUTIFUL xx

tinajo June 22, 2011 - 4:49 pm

It all looks fantastic, my garden is not playing in the same league – thatยดs for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

Little Brown Rabbit June 23, 2011 - 11:01 am

Hello! So pleased you liked my post ๐Ÿ™‚ Em x

thelinencat June 24, 2011 - 8:20 am

Your garden flowers/produce is looking great! I just watered my potato sacks and was thinking the same thing, can’t wait as home grown potatoes are the best.

Really like the beaded strawberry, as a non knitter I’m always amazed by others lovely neat, even knitting stitches and it shows even more in this.


Louise June 25, 2011 - 8:33 am

I love your garden too! And so you should be a proud Mum…. :0)
stunning flower pictures!

Lou xxx

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