My Shed Reveal

I have had a productive weekend and one of the things I managed to finish was the final touch to my shed which means I can finally do my blog reveal! You’ve probably caught glimpses of it in the background of other photos, but I’ve been dying to show it to you in all its fabulous glory.

It arrived about six weeks ago all in pieces ready to put together. I ordered a wooden base for it to sit on, but I was advised to put it on slabs to maximise its longevity so I ordered some big slabs which arrived a couple of days later.

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Luckily the area where it was to go was pretty flat already so there was very little preparation to be done before I laid the slabs and I could quickly get on with building the shed.

I managed to put most of it together by myself, but I had to enlist hubby to help with some of it because it was too big to hold it all up and screw it together on my own. I’m not very good at asking for help, but sometimes needs must!

See that window? It was all really simple to put together … except that perishing window! That window nearly caused marital discord because I got soooooooooo frustrated with it and poor hubby happened to be the nearest person to me! I had to tell him to leave my vicinity otherwise I knew I was going to explode out of utter frustration! I think the poor man was actually scared for his life. I’ve never in my life been so wound up by a piece of plastic! I even rang the supplier and got them to send out a replacement window because I was convinced they’d supplied the wrong part, but the same window arrived! Imagine my exasperation!

I’m still not convinced that they hadn’t got a whole job lot of the wrong windows matched up with this particular shed because it just DID NOT fit the space (and that can’t have been my fault because the front panel came assembled).

Anyway, now I had a replacement if it went wrong, I decided the only way forward was to cut one of them to make it fit. So, there is a window in the shed, it’s not right, it’s not particularly watertight, but it’s in and it’s staying there!

So now it was time to beautify it. It’s functional, but functional doesn’t have to be boring.

There’s the spare window behind the lion!

The outside was fun to do. It’s probably not finished, but I’m happy with how it looks for now.

These pics were taken a couple of weeks ago and the hanging basket has filled out loads since then (you’ll see in a minute). I got it last year in the sale and it was filled with yellow Begonias and I liked it so I filled it with Begonia plugs this year which have flourished. They were supposed to be mixed colour but they’re all red and pink – I was hoping for some yellow. Never mind.

So, on to the final embellishment that I finished this morning.

Crochet bunting!

I love it!

I used a pattern by Attic24 which was easy to work up and I hung it simply with tacks. I’d have liked to put it on the outside, but rain and crochet doesn’t really go well together.

Drumroll moment …….

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I love, love, LOVE it!

More Sweet Peas

Evening all!

Just a short post tonight for two reasons. Firstly I’ve already talked Sweet Peas to you a couple of times and I don’t want to bore you (although maybe you wouldn’t be bored of all these beautiful colours anyway) and secondly because I only have sixteen percent battery on my iPad!

Anyway, for those of you who’ve been reading the blog for a while. You may remember that I was following a crochet-along back at the beginning of the year run by Attic24, crochet blogger extraordinaire, colour crazy and lover of Sweet Peas. She designed a striped blanket inspired by the colours of her beloved Sweet Peas, and each week she published the order of the next stripes.

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It was all this talk of Sweet Peas on Attic24’s blog that made me decide to grow my own this year.

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You can really see from this picture how well she matched the colours. The yarn is Stylecraft Special double knit and it’s super squishy and soft.

I kept up for approximately the first day of the crochet-along but then life got in the way, and I was more than slightly hindered by my favourite felines who love its squishiness, and I got more and more behind and then when the crochet-along finished, there was no pressure at all to try to catch up so I still haven’t finished it! It is quite a size though!

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Anyway, I’ve just braved the weather to go and cut some more Sweet Peas to bring inside. I’ve been putting it off because it seems to be constantly raining, but I was worried that if I left them much longer they might go to seed and I’d get no more beautiful blooms. After arranging them, I thought it was high time that I photographed my Sweet Peas from the garden with my crochet Sweet Pea in the house, just in case I don’t get any more (this is a thought that I had before I just unearthed the photo of the seed packet above that says they should flower until October!)

So, here you go, Sweet Peas on my Sweet Pea blanket.

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Pretty aren’t they? The way the weather’s going, I’d better get hooking again and finish the blanket because I might need it!

Happy Birthday To me

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Green Girl Gardener is a whole one year old today! Where has that year gone? I knew it was coming up because about a month ago my iPhone calendar reminded me to ‘cancel WordPress if not using’. I just swiped it away, and that made me happy because it meant I’d been successful in my venture.

After I published my first post, hubby turned all Del Boy and declared that ‘this time next year we’ll be millionaires!’ Well I haven’t been successful in that way  (not that the intention was ever for that to happen), and I don’t even have that many followers/regular readers, but it still feels like an eminently successful year to me because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every second of blogging. I’ve always been a closet writer (I still think there’s a novel in me somewhere) and this is a fabulous way for me to express myself creatively. It makes me happy to play with words, find the most amusing way to express myself, to conjugate to my heart’s content.

I think the blog has had its main focus on my gardening adventure, but I’ve also managed to bring other passions into it – crochet, cats, holidays, teddy bears, tennis. Hopefully I’ve provided some light entertainment on otherwise dreary days, and maybe I’ve even provided a little bit of education along the way (although probably not in gardening because I’m still right down the bottom of that particular learning curve).

I’ve found lots of fellow bloggers who blog on all sorts of subjects from crochet to mental health to cooking to travel, but most of all I’ve found fellow gardeners. Luckily (for me) most of them are far more experienced than yours truly and they’ve helped me identify mystery plants, they’ve offered tips and tricks either directly or through their own writing and they’ve opened my eyes to different kinds of gardening. I can honestly say that starting my little bloggy venture was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I’ve complemented by space here with a Green Girl Gardener account on Instagram (@greengirlgardener if anyone’s interested) which allows me, when I don’t have time to blog, to share those random photos that I take when I pop out to check the garden before work, or when I spot a beautiful plant while I’m out and about or when I’ve created something scrummy with my own homegrown goodness.

I’m going to celebrate my first birthday by sharing some of my favourite photos from the past year.

I’ve tried to pick one photo from each month, but I’ve got so many photos that I love that I think I’m going to have to do another montage!

Above we have for July my Eupatorium (that had to be in there, didn’t it), Olive and Tink, our furry girls for August and my birthday planter for September. Then there’s the fox cushion I made for my mother in law in October and hubby and I in a cenote in Mexico during our November holiday. Next row shows my Hellebore flowering in December and my Christmas present greenhouse housing a hubby (a husband hut as my friend on Facebook quipped) in early January. Penultimate row is us with a friendly falcon in Malta in February and the Palace of Holyroodhouse during my trip to Edinburgh (which was also in February but I must’ve written my post in early March) and finally one of my raised beds all planted and netted in April, the iconic Universal globe on our fantastic holiday to Orlando in May and last but not least, the Confetti Fields that I visited in June.

Here we go again. Top row shows a Gazania which was the first sale table find that I blogged about back in July 2018 and an Eeyore house at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens which we discovered in August. Jump down a row to a wild pony in Sutton Park which we came across in September, I still remember how happy I was to have seen one because I was starting to think they were a myth, and my set of Clover hooks which revolutionised my crocheting life in October. Next up is a white feather in November which I think is my gardening expert Grandad popping down from heaven to check I’m not messing up the garden, followed by our yummy Christmas dinner in December, our furry girls keeping warm in January and me meeting my new baby niece in February. Fourth row shows a mountain of bears in March (that’s been added to since then!) and an elephant that I crocheted as a leaving gift for my boss when he retired in April so he doesn’t forget me and lastly a Gringotts vault at the Harry Potter studios in May and the start of my love affair with overnight oats as I started Slimming World in June.

It’s so nice to look back at these photos – yet another benefit to my blog. I also take more random photos when I get an inkling of an idea for a blog post and I find that quite often they evoke the strongest memories.

I’ll finish with a thank you. To all you lovely readers – friends, family, colleagues and fellow bloggers – thank you so much for reading, liking, commenting, complimenting and educating me for the last year. I really do appreciate it every time someone takes time out of their busy day to read my musings and ramblings, and I hope I can continue to entertain and perhaps amuse for a long time to come.