Yesterday was my birthday.  And most unusual for me, I spent it gardening.  
I don't know my weeds from my plants, but I love pretty gardens and inspired by all those bloggers who have such beautiful cottage gardens I decided it was time to get creative.  A dear friend of mine, who is also an avid gardener spent the day digging and planting with me, hoping her garden magic would rub off on me.  If you were in England yesterday you would know that the wind was blowing a gale, so not a good day for gardening but we decided weeks ago that we would plant a garden on my birthday so despite the wind and threatening rain, we buttoned up and got on with it, helped along with cups of tea and delicious Victoria sponge (I forgot to take a pic of the cake!)

We planted foxgloves, lupins, nemesis, lupinus, geraniums, London Pride, Lavatera Silver cup, and repotted mint, sage and chives into smaller pots, freeing up my terracotta pots for more larger plants I've yet to buy.

On Friday I went thrifting with a purpose.  I was specifically looking for an old chair to add visual interest to the garden and perhaps an old vintage watering can as well.  Lady luck was on my side and I found not only an old dilapidated chair and a working watering can, but a lovely metal trellis/plant holder to put up on the wall with brackets for pot plants.  These herbs below need to be replanted into large container pots.

From pieces of old wood, a frame was made for a makeshift potting table, and I am waiting to find some pieces of worn wood for the table top.  Here's a pic of the trellis, but I'll show you the entire potting table once I've found my wooden planks, in the meantime, I've made a makeshift one.

I've planted rocket and dill in seed trays, hoping that it's not too late for them to take root and my Sweetpea seedlings are inside the house until they are a little stronger and I can plant them in the garden. I've learnt about slug pellets, food for plants and preparing the soil but I've still got such a long way to go...and will my nails ever come clean again??

I'm now on the hunt for a metal stand, like this one... (you see unintentionally my interiors radar is zoned in on the decorative aspect of gardening instead of the actual planting!).  The one below is at quaint little coffee shop owned by a Brazilian/French husband and wife team.  Their tiny courtyard restaurant is so inspirational...a space surrounded by potted hydrangeas, climbing roses and herbs which are used in their dishes.

I've had such a great day!
I never guessed gardening could be such fun!

Have a great week!


  1. Happy belated birthday to you Sharon. It was stormy in Rotterdam as well yesterday. Hope you were able to get some work done!

    Happy week!

    Madelief x

  2. Happy Birthday for yesterday and wow, im impressed with your work! I've been doing the same today but with better weather, Jane x

  3. Hello Sharon, a Happy belated Birthday, sounds like you had a wonderful day,I just love your chair and can...
    Have a great week..

  4. Happy belated birthday, Sharon. I hope it's a wonderful year for you filled with lovely inspiration and happy memories. -Carolina

  5. Happy Birthday, Sharon, sounds like you had a really nice day. I love a nice garden, but I'm afraid I don't know much about gardening and the weeds do tend to take over before I get to them time and time again.
    Your chair and watering can are wonderful and i love the trellis, I hope you find what you're looking for.
    Hugs, cindy

  6. Hello Sharon,

    I have just discovered your lovely blog! Always so satisfying creating a garden from scratch......hard work, but so worth it!


  7. Congratulations to your birthday Sharon, I hope you had a wonderful day!

    Hugs, Ingrid


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