Sunday, 13 March 2011

Spring Gardening

 Hello - I hope you've all had a great weekend! I've enjoyed many happy moments  of mine outdoors, gardening, pottering and enjoying the spring....Saturday wasn't sunny here so I did more potting - and pottering - in the potting shed. Lots of spring plants to divide and grow on, and to give away or swap with friends and relatives....and a few new anemones to add to my spring border...
The potting shed is much nicer to work in now that it's been painted inside - much lighter for a start. I'm still choosing the colour for the outside - I keep changing my mind...should I do it grey, or blue, or blue green...all the pale shades are lovely so I will pick one next week and get painting very soon, now the weather is warming up...The little Bees Seeds post card was one I found recently at a nearby garden shop - the seed company originally began not far from here....
I love the delicate anemone blanda flowers - I think they look lovely with other spring flowers and bulbs, just so pretty and colourful... and here they are on Sunday when it was very SUNNY indeed.....Mr P and I worked very hard clearing the beds, borders and paths of leaves, cutting back and generally tidying...

This is the spring border, right next to the terrace where we can sit and enjoy our cups of tea and look at the flowers in the bright spring sunshine...such bliss to be warm enough to do that again....
And when I wasn't gardening this weekend I was knitting....on Friday this beautiful kid mohair yarn arrived and I couldn't wait to begin knitting it up - it's absolutely gorgeous, so soft and warm but light, and not too fluffy! The yarn came from the Honorwood Flocks here.

And for a pattern I have to thank the lovely Vivienne at Green Rabbit Designs who sent me lots of mohair patterns when I mentioned that I'd lost mine from the 80's! Isn't that kind?! Vivienne crochets and knits gorgeous scarves, bags and corsages from wonderful yarn, such a clever lady.

So, I'm off now to knit some more of my lovely yarn. Thank you for visiting me here and for your sweet comments.I wish you all a wonderful week with sunny days and blue skies and sweet spring flowers. xx


26 comments:

crafts@home said...

Beautiful, as usual, love the potting shed progress, and all those fabulous plants, Ilike the look of that mohair wool, I remember the 80's well, I have a good friend who could use her night shifts usefully, knitting me delights!
Sue :)

by Teresa said...

Dear Helen, I am experimenting with the keyboard on my new iPad! Love your bright springy post!!! I am making jewelry all weekend, but enjoying some blobby time too.

Hugs from OR, Teresa

by Teresa said...

Haha, I meant BLOGGY time!! :-)

marigold jam said...

Lovely post as always. But how do you manage to keep your potting shed so pristine? No spiders nor dirty marks to be seen! That mohair looks beautiful too - can't wait to see the finished article.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Oh Helen your yarn is gorgeous and I love your colour choice! :)I can't wait to see the finished cardigan.
No gardening for me this weekend as the snow did arrive but thankfully it didn't stay too long as it soon turned to rain but it's been very cold! Lucky you sitting outside enjoying your flowers and tea!
Vivienne x
P.S. Thank you for your very kind mention. :)

Becky J said...

I was thinking of your lovely potting shed today whilst in mine, spilling sawdust on the floor, the chickens joining me to peck at the spilled corn! How do you keep it so pristine? Lovely spring flowers and so nice to feel the warmth of the sun today. Becky x

Naturally Carol said...

As usual a visually beautiful post..all those lavenders and blues are georgeous. Your wool looks so soft and pretty.

Jane said...

I am glad your were able to get out into the sunshine yesterday Helen, we had the reverse here..I spent a lovely day out in the garden on Saturday in the sunshine tidying away after the winter. Yesterday it rained and watered everything. Your lovely potting shed must be so useful to work in. It is sunny again today and tomorrow and the the temperature is due to get up to 12oc...very Springly! Enjoy your week, keep potting and pottering and sharing your cheerful photos,
Jane x

Simone said...

A lovely post full of soft colours snd sunshine. The mohair looks really tactile. I liked seeing your spring border. Can we see more of your garden over the coming months? I bet it is postcard pretty! x

Rubyred said...

A lovely Spring post Helen filled with such pretty pale colours!
Love the mohair!
Have a great week!
Rachel x

gillyflower said...

Love the flowers in their pots in your potting shed - they look so pretty, and love that blue chair!!!!
The spring border is looking lovely - the anemones make a wonderful show, beautiful colours. How lovely you were able to sit and admire such beauty whilst sipping your tea!
I only have little pockets of colour as yet - the daffs are finally out to add to the crocuses and prinmulas -and as its our first spring here we will hopefully have lots more surprises!
Our weather was the opposite - satuday was sunny and springlike, sunday wet and grey.
The soft blue kid mohair is so lovely - how kind of greenrabbit designs to send you patterns!
have a lovely day!
Gill

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Helen, Your garden photos are so beautiful. I can smell the lovely scents and earth and sun aromas. I can't believe how many flowers you have in bloom...it's just so encouraging for me!! It shall come and is on it's way. I adore your kid mohair and the color is my favorite and will look so nice on you. (I think you have blond hair) The pattern looks so delicate and is knitting up so nicely. Enjoy and shave a great week. xoRobin❤

sew said...

Love the postcard!
I remember Bees Seeds near Chester(where I was born and lived until recently)and wonder if it's the one you refer to.
They used to have super sales when we'd stock up our gardens at very reasonable cost.This is going back more years than I care to mention!!
Your knitting and your pics are gorgeous as ever - thank you.

potterjotter said...

Eeek! You have just reminded me that I really MUST get out in the garden and sort it and sort the pots full of dead stuff that surround our house at the moment. Your pots look gorgeous!

potterjotter said...

Eeek! You have just reminded me that I really MUST get out in the garden and sort it and sort the pots full of dead stuff that surround our house at the moment. Your pots look gorgeous!

Country Girl said...

I spent quite alot of time gardening too - getting the veg patch ready.
Love your new yarn - such a pretty colour.

Vintage Squirrel said...

thanks for stopping by my blog because it has been lovely to look at your gorgeous photos - what a potting shed, I'd love one just the same, please!!

a mermaids purse said...

i love this time of year- new bright shoots and spring flowers...first signs of bright days and warmish walks....lovely post and piccys ;0)x

Jenny said...

Your pictures are always so beautiful Helen, they look like they are right out of a glossy magazine! Looking forward to seeing your outside shed paint colour choice (will give me some ideas for mine, hehe!) Enjoy the sunshine, have a wonderful week, Jenny x

Pink Milk said...

Gorgeous pics Helen. I have definite potting shed envy! Ours is home to too many 8-legged lurkers for my liking. :-(

I spent a glorious few hours at the weekend painting our gate and a little garden table in Forget-Me-Not blue which is just gorgeous.

Have a lovely week.

Hx

koralee said...

Oh you are so lucky to have such lovely Spring weather...your images are warming me up today and putting a spring into my step..nothing but rain rain here.

Happy knitting my sweet friend...love love love that blue.

xoxoxoxox

Julia said...

Hello Helen

Really enjoyed all those Spring photos today, and I do like peeking into peoples studios, greenhouses and potting sheds - there is something quite fabulous about seeing where people busy themselves! Your wool looks divine, such a beautiful colour too - I shall look forward to seeing the finished article!

Much love
Julia x

Mary Poppins said...

What adorable photographs, thank you for sharing, what a beautiful blog, have just stumbled upon it, and it is a delight :0) I have one of your lovely books is so inspirational :0)

All the best,

X

Teje said...

Hello Helen! You have had lovely gardening time! So nice to have spring and sun warming!
Your new yarn is a dream! Soft and blue - what else it needs! That jacket is going to be so beautiful! Have a lovely time knitting in the garden! xxx Teje

Frances said...

What a treat it's been to have this very first visit to your site. I think I got here via Lucy's "Attic 20-something" (another fabulous site.)

Just reading through your recent posts has definitely reassured me that Spring is on the way. I will definitely be visiting here again soon.

Barbara said...

Just adore those classic Jaeger patterns! Happy memories ...