The Land Rover Owners Wife


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Middle Mudlets’ Garden: the straight carrot experiment

 

Spot of working the soil can lift your spirits and restore your equilibrium.

There is nothing quite like a stint in the garden, working the soil, sowing seeds and planting out plants, to ease away the stresses of a busy week and so with Middle Mudlet in a full on teenage angst mood when she got home from school, I suggested that she change into some old clothes and go do some work on her vegetable patch…… Continue reading

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Colour in the garden: yellow and pink

We have a stunning display going on in one of our garden tubs at the moment and I decided to share it with you. I can’t remember what these plants are off hand – I’m sure the labels are hidden at the base of the plants but I didn’t want to disturb them:


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Purple jumper dress with rose trellis hem pattern – finished and modelled

She loves the single pink rose on one sleeve.

Well it took me a bit longer than I anticipated to get Little Mudlets’ jumper dress finished off but I finally found the time to settle down with my sewing needle and tackle the job of setting sleeves, sewing hems and tidying all the loose ends away. Continue reading


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A spade’s a spade …… unless it’s MY spade!

Our pretty bird-scarer and the view across the garden

A couple of months ago Mud had some jobs to do in the garden, some ‘house maintenance’ type jobs and not the vegetable garden kind. He hadn’t been outside long when I heard cursing. An enquiry as to the cause of his disgruntlement elicited the response that he’d broken his spade ……. no! Wait! Let me rephrase that …… he had broken A spade. Continue reading


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Middle Mudlets’ Garden: May

Middle Mudlet planting out her beans.

Over the last two weekends the Mudlets have spent some time in the garden with me, Little Mudlet helping with the general garden whilst her sister worked on her own patch. The improving weather has really benefitted our own plants but on the flip side, the weeds have also relished the warmth and have started to break through in those areas where we have cleared the mulch away.  Continue reading


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Gardening Club: House Keeping and Seed Sowing

The poor weather doesn’t seem to affect the weeds!

The prolonged cold weather delayed the start of Gardening Club this year, as I was mindful of my young gardeners and the disappointment they would feel, if Gardening Club had started for the sake of starting and all their carefully sown seeds and the resulting seedlings, had succumbed to the bitter cold, hard frosts, waterlogged ground and/or snow. No, waiting those few extra weeks was worth it and Gardening Club has now begun. Unfortunately the miserable, cold weather hadn’t done anything to curtail the growth of the weeds and our long bed was a carpet of green …… largely unwanted green at that, although there were some onions in there somewhere! Continue reading


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Purple jumper dress with rose trellis hem pattern – nearly finished!

I love the border

It seems like forever since I started the little purple jumper dress with rose trellis border pattern for Little Mudlet and to be fair, it has been almost 6 months since I posted about it. The thing is, as often happens, life got in the way of progress and I wasn’t able to pick up my needles and knit comfortably for a while, by which time the act of actually continuing with the dress felt more like a chore. To be honest, I kind of fell out of love with knitting for a while and decided I needed to take a break. Continue reading


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Enough of these sudden temperature fluctuations already!

Little Mudlets’ competition pansy grown from seed last year

Over the last week my young plants have been happily living out in the green houses, enjoying the warmth and sunlight and establishing themselves in their new size pots. The fleece hasn’t been needed, as temperatures have been good during the day and have remained relatively warm at night and the plants have thrived as a result. And so it was with a modicum of surprise that a casual glance at our weather station, revealed a quite dramatic drop in temperature on Friday evening. It wasn’t even dark yet and the temperature was already reading reading 6 degrees which meant that the overnight temperatures were likely to be even lower, once the last of the daylight had gone and darkness had fully descended. Continue reading


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Vine Weevils, a right royal pain!

The gardening term for this image is …… uck! Uck! UCK!

Saturday evening, Mud discovered that one of our Spider Web plants hadn’t been killed off by the cold snap but rather that a veritable army of Vine Weevil larvae had been steadily munching their way through the intricate web of fine roots, leaving only the mature main root and condemning the once majestic plant which has now been consigned to the rubbish heap. There’s something quite sad about being able to lift the remains of what was a large and thriving plant out of it’s planter, with one hand and minimal effort. Continue reading


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Out to the greenhouse

No room at this inn ……

With the warm and sunny weather continuing throughout this week and the seedlings in the propagators quickly outgrowing their nursery conditions, I made the decision to start moving the plants into the greenhouse and have been steadily potting them on, one tray at a time, and already the larger greenhouse is almost full. Mud has informed me more than once that we will no doubt find ourselves in the midst of another freezing cold spell in a day or two but, as Middle Mudlet was happy to point out, that’s what horticultural fleece is for and we have enough to provide protection for everything in the greenhouses. Continue reading