Monday, 28 May 2018


The water nymph


On the Cloisters looking towards flower garden

The late afternoon sun




Sunday, 27 May 2018


Saturday the day was heavy and overcast late in the day.

still giving glorious colour

Will all the buds open?


Petal's are dropping!


Thursday, 24 May 2018


looking nice and big

 such a lovely colour.

The blooms are starting to lengthen now.


We had some rain over night but I'm pleased to say it was not heavy, so the blooms are still in place.


Wednesday, 23 May 2018


This evening

filling up well.


The flowers are looking beautiful and full with a good spread along the branches.

some other flowers this evening.

Clematis Montana


Tuesday, 22 May 2018


getting longer



Monday, 21 May 2018


I've decided to take a photo each day of the Wisteria , so I can see just how long the blooms will be as they grow through the trellis shade roof of the cloisters.

So this was taken on the 18th .

The 19th

The 20th

The 21st today.


Friday, 18 May 2018


Due to the long winter/ cold wet spring we've not be near the garden for months! Plus with having to take down the old gazebo which we'd filled in to shelter plants in, we have left wood, plastic sheeting and goodness knows what else all over the garden!

Today I needed to go down to the end of the garden and was overwhelmed at the mess that had been left everywhere! So instead of  getting the house work done today , I spent several hours moving pots out from their winter shelter and then using that space to place all the pieces of wood, plastic sheeting etc tidily into one place which made it much easier to get about.

After a short break for lunch I returned to finish that job and then later in the afternoon I decided to start tackling this one..

The way round to the circle seating area at the back right hand corner of the garden was overgrown! A beautifully scented Albert Carrier rose had grown so big and rampant that it was growing over and pushing down the lilac's that are along the right hand side of the pathway.

so It was time for some serious cutting back.

These Rhododendron's and Azalea's are in full bloom and looking bright and cheerful.

in the middle here should be the pathway!

The lilac with the rose behind.

After a serious cut back the lilac is now standing straighter and you can see the line of the pathway.

 before and


Still lots to do, like removing the now cut down pieces of rose and honeysuckle which was also growing rampant.

I cannot find my gardening gloves, so will need to get another pair tomorrow before I can get into the weeding , of which there is loads!..

In the corner of the flower garden this Rhododendron and Azalea are also making a statement and it's all growing well.

The Wisteria is about to fully blossom.

and it looks like my plan of it's blooms dropping through the trellis shading of the Cloisters is finally happening!
I must check this each day and try and get some photos of when the flowers are at full length.

So despite needing to get the cabin finished , we also need to start spending some time each day or evening tackling all the other jobs that have slide while the weathers been so bad.
But that's gardening for you always something needing doing somewhere if you don't keep your eye on it!


Sunday, 13 May 2018


We spent a couple of evening's staining the log cabin in Seagrass and the doors and window in cream.

Because they were saying it would rain last week, we covered the cabin's roof with a large tarpaulin and put the doors and window back on, so you can see the cream against the seagrass.

We were away this weekend , so unable to get on with roof but we did return early enough that Paul decided to put in the plants in the now shortened border to the side of the new building.

We bought the plants late last year then decided we needed to replace the fence before we put them in or they'd get trampled. Then time got away from us so we had to over winter them and have finally got most of them planted this afternoon.

Elsewhere , this Rhododendron is starting to flower and give  a busy to the flower garden.

  and the Wisteria , which I'd forgotten all about!, is now also starting to flower.


Sunday, 6 May 2018


SO we start our build !

Paul started at ten am with help from our son in law.

Preparing to cut mitres into composite boards which protect the wood from the concrete base.

In no time it seemed , it was time to fit the window.

I was painting wood protection on the two outside wall, back and left side, that we wouldn't be able to reach once it was put together. So was doing if by leaning over from inside every three boards high.

Room with a view.

Then the door frame.

Door frame in.

View from patio as more boards go on.

From other end. Time to stop for lunch before they carry on towards the roof.

30 minutes later getting ready to put in roof sides.

The sun blazing down and ready for roof boards.

Paul waving from roof, they've done front side and now working their way along the back.

We have a roof! well almost. Still needs insulation and shingles but it's covered.

Inside view of roof.

Time to put in doors.

view from far corner on the inside.

from doors back.

So it's up! If you take off the 30 minutes for lunch, it's taken Paul and Roy six and a half hours to get to this point.
All that's left to do is put insulation on roof and then the shingles on top of that and put insulation in floor and put down boarding. Trim the roof edge and then it's built.

Now if we'd got this things in , it would take the second day to finish. So the website's statement of it being able to be put together in two days is correct.

We are all very impressed with the ease of construction and the quality of the product.

Now to decide what colour I am going to stain it ! I'm thinking seagrass , a bluey green with cream for trim and doors and window, but who knows what may take my fancy when I'm confronted with the colour range available in wood stains these days.