Loving July in the Digital Garden!

Monday, 29 July 2013

I've been spending more time than ever this summer in the garden. The long, warm spell that we're having has been great for moving life at home outside and making the most of summertime.


Here are a few things I'm loving this month in the digital garden...

My mini jungle ~ I've packed an old butler's sink full of ferns. They've been thriving in the sunshine and look great when I keep them well-watered.


Hanging baskets and pots full of flowers which keep the bees happy...




Mirrors. I've got a couple on the walls of the garden ~ they add a fun element and bounce a bit more light around the place...


Homegrown fruit and veg. I'm feeling really chuffed with myself this year ~ we've already had some radishes,  and now I can't wait for this lot to be ready...

Tomatoes ~ grown from seeds this year ~ woop, woop! I plant them in hanging baskets, which they seem to like, then I can whip them inside overnight if it turns a bit chilly. I've learnt over the years that what tomatoes need most is sun and warmth...


Strawberries...


Apples...


Chocolate mint ~ this variety has a lovely deep red colour running through it and makes a great-tasting tea...


This year I have nasturtiums in the herb garden and in window boxes at the front of the house. They're edible, although we haven't tried them yet. They flower abundantly, but the blooms die quickly. Time to look out a few recipes I think!





I'm also loving lanterns this summer ~ I bought this aqua-coloured one at the weekend. Great for candle-lit evenings outdoors and also for a bit of ornamental interest around the garden during the day...




And talking of summer evenings, I am just loving my new solar lights! Thanks to the current sunny weather they've been staying lit all night long since I put them up. My secret weapon as we move into autumn will be the fact that the solar panel is removable and can be charged up via a USB port, so I should be able to keep them going all year - result!




It's easy sometimes to spend a lot of time maintaining a garden, but very little just being in it and enjoying it. That's what I've been trying to do more of this summer and, thanks to the fine weather, I'm finally making the most of my 'extra room' at home!


Do you have a garden? How much time do you spend out there relaxing and just 'being'?


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