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15th January 2019. The last bit of redecorating our kitchen and dining rooms was cleaning their windows. I have polished the 5 downstairs windows and it’s a joy to now have visual clarity over the front garden and the bird feeding area. The multiple panes in Georgian window frames involve a lot of work and this is the first time, since we have lived here, that I have done both inside and outside at the same time. I took this photo at last light yesterday and will finish the job today by touching up any paint cracks to make the windows as good as new again. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature
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14th January 2019. The Mahonia is not my favourite plant in the garden, with its viciously spiked leaves, but it plays an important role. Flowering at this time of year, it provides a rich supply of nectar for Queen Bumblebees emerging to mate and find a location to lay their eggs, which will hatch in the Spring. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #Mahonia #BumblebeeConservationTrust
There are a few pictures left that I didn’t post from our quick visit to Mallorca last week and I wanted to remind myself that Winter Sunshine is only a £19.99 return ticket away. The weather there is not always like this every year, but we were lucky the days were all warm and sunny and we ate lunch beside the sea at different places every day. The photo is of Puerto Sóller, a small port that has had millions of Euros investment over the past ten years and is now the smartest place to be seen in the Summer but it’s almost impossible to park there in the high holiday season. Swipe for photos of the drive through the mountains and the two main reservoirs supplying water to Palma, which are nearly overflowing this year. I will return to my domestic postings next week, but I am already thinking about a further visit in mid-February, when the 16 million Almond trees are in blossom. Seed planting may have to be delayed! . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #Mallorca #Sineu #PuertoDeSoller
13th January 2019. The only newspapers that come into our house are the weekend supplements of the Guardian, Times and Telegraph, which we buy mainly for their reviews and opinions (do not read any political motive into this choice- it’s as much “know your enemy” as agreeing with their editorial content). I feel guilty at immediately Weeding before Reading the unwanted bits, such as sport, cruising holidays etc and chucking them straight in the recycling bin. My conscience has been eased this week by the Guardian replacing the plastic wrapping of their supplement by recyclable material produced from potatoes. Well done to them and let’s hope that research and political will, will enable all plastic wrapping to be safely replaced in the immediate future - Potato Power rules OK! . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #PlasticFree
12th January 2019. The pegs, indicating the actual line of my border with my neighbour’s land, are now in place and I can start clearing the area. The large amount of undergrowth means it must be removed before the fencing goes in and that depends on the availability of the fencing crew to do the job. I expect problems with my neighbour’s opinion of how their privacy can be protected but I have given them advice over the years, that they should plant their side with protective cover and not just dump huge piles of dead garden cuttings on what they thought was their land. Spring growth will heal the landscape I hope. Swipe for some of the border pegs positions. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #Theodolite
11th January 2019. I have had to engage a Surveyor to establish exactly where my garden ends and my neighbour’s begins. Over the years before I took occupancy, a temporary fence was used to keep dogs out of each other’s gardens, and for convenience was installed, by weaving around trees and shrubs. It was only when I decided to build a pavilion in late 2017 and needed permission to access next door’s garden to reroof it, that I suddenly realised that the bramble and weed filled area was probably my land anyway, so I started taking my own measurements, and discovered that my neighbour had moved parts of the temporary fence about 6-8 feet into my garden. After considering all my options over a few months, I decided to get an estate agent to value a piece of my garden for possible sale. Circumstances have changed since we moved here over 5 years ago, including the HS1 fast train to London now stops at our local station 3 minutes drive from our house, with a commutable time to London St Pancras of about 75 minutes. Also, a big garden can be a deterrent to buyers, and I am working to make things as easy maintenance as possible for when the need to downsize becomes necessary, when I get too old to do everything myself. So a short term plan to sell off a piece of the garden, actually makes the existing house more valuable and saleable. This morning, the operator of this theodolite and GPS stick, will return after computing all his measurements and place markers along the line of my border as shown on the Land Registry. There will be no argument about its position, as the GPS stick uses the location of 8 satellites to place the line within 20mms (less than an inch). Swipe for the “War of the Worlds” vision of the marching theodolites. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #Theodolite
10th January 2019. We arrived back home late last night after 5 days in Mallorca and today will be busy. The plumber is coming to install new radiators in the kitchen and prepare for a fixed irrigation system in the front garden. Also, a specialist Surveyor with GPS equipment is going to define one of my garden borders, to avoid a dispute with my neighbour, before I install a new fence. For me this is an important issue as I have to make decisions about the future of a large chunk of the garden. Today’s posted photo shows just a small area of the garden and is to remind myself how much I still have to do, to clear and cut back the overgrowth before the Spring bulbs take over. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature
It was a perfect day yesterday for a drive through the mountains of Mallorca - warm Sun, the road almost empty of cars after weeks of Fiestas and crystal clear views. It’s impossible to capture the scale on a little iPhone screen, but this outlook point looks down into the gorge below, an almost sheer drop of about a mile. See if you can spot the farmhouse on the ridge - wonderful sea view but nightmarish access! This area is the training base for our British cycling teams and has enabled them to win every international Gold medal over the last 7 years or so. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #Mallorca #Sineu #BritishCycling
9th January 2019. Returning back to England today, after a few days in Mallorca, I am looking forward to seeing if the buds on the Japanese Quince by our front door, have burst into blossom yet. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #Mallorca #Sineu #JapaneseQuince
It’s such a pleasure to sit in the bright Sun, in a warming wind and temperatures about 18 degrees C, here in Mallorca in the first week in January. After lunch outdoors at the El Sol beach bar, we were looking forward to walk along our favourite beach at Son Serra de Marina on Alcudia bay. We didn’t get far, as severe rain, draining down from the mountains, has cut off the access and swept a large part of the beach into the sea. The wind and restless sea, is working hard to return it all back, clean and fresh, to this beautiful protected wilderness. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #Mallorca #Sineu #SonSerraDeMarina
8th January 2019. After seeing on my end of year Instagram posting analysis, that I had used lots of shades of grey, I went looking last week for a bit of colour in my garden, to correct the balance. I found these Geraniums enjoying a sheltered sunny niche, under the house’s front wall - that’s purple sorted for a week or two. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #Geranium
The Sunday food market in Muro, at the centre of Mallorca, was filled with lavish displays by stalls selling fresh local vegetables and fruit. There was no fancy packaging and most people brought their own bags to fill, but it was disappointing to see that the stall holders only offered plastic bags and not paper ones. Only legislation will stop these now unacceptable and unnecessary practices. Swipe for more market pictures. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #Mallorca #Sineu #MuroMallorca
7th January 2019. Leaving my garden for a few days in Winter, would normally require me to organise somebody to keep our bird feeders filled up. The lack of frosts and still warm soil, means the birds have plenty to forage like worms, snails and slugs and there are berries, like this Cotoneaster’s, still on the menu. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #Cotoneaster
We arrived yesterday evening at our townhouse in Sineu, Mallorca to find madness on the streets when the Three Kings arrived to give the town’s children their Christmas presents in the church. It is impossible to explain the mix of Christian and pagan beliefs and the love of any excuse to dress up. Swipe through the videos to get a noisy and unedited experience. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #Mallorca #Sineu
6th January 2018. I’ve left my garden for a few days, with the Winter Jasmine in full flower at the moment but it is suffering from a bad error I made. In late Summer I cleared a lot of overgrowth along the wall where my front garden overhangs the road and the Winter Jasmine was pruned too severely and now has far too few flowers. Memo to myself to reshape it in early Spring instead, to get a better display next year. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #WinterJasmine
5th January 2019. My project to install another frame in the front garden, to support Dahlias and Daffodils, is now complete. When the wood is dry enough I will stain it green to match the existing frame. When the Dahlias are ready to be planted in early Summer, 30 of them will be permanently planted in the spaces reserved by the Wallflowers in pots, and the Wallflowers will be replanted around the garden. I am hoping this area, with a bit of occasional weeding and tidying, will look after itself. Swipe to see more details, and ‘rehoused’ Hellebores now beside our front door. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #Dahlias
4th January 2019. Yesterday, I spent a busy day in the garden, clearing the conservatory gutters, collecting the last of the carpet of Autumn leaves and distributing a large delivery of bags of compost to the relevant border beds. Just as I was tidying up after a day of lovely weather and the Sun was disappearing behind the horizon at about 3.45pm, a swirling cloud of hundreds of small birds, suddenly descended into the tops of the Sycamore trees, to roost for the night. There was only a minute or so, to grab a short bit of video before the light faded away and the chattering birds fell silent. I cannot identify what birds they were, but they were very small (about Sparrow size) and maybe were migrating, as lots of migrating birds stop to overnight here, on the top of the White Cliffs of Dover at St Margaret’s, before crossing the English Channel. Turn up your volume to hear what the birds say, as they start to dream about their imminent Brexit! . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #BirdMigration #Brexit
3rd January 2019. All our Christmas decorations have now been put away for another year but our seasonal celebrations are not over. Later in the week we are going to spend a few days in our house in Mallorca, to join in the local Fiestas of “Los Tres Reyes” (The Three Kings). On the 6th January, Spain has a national public holiday when the children receive all their Christmas presents in the church from the Three Kings, who arrive on horseback, after a parade through the streets. As the 6th falls on a Sunday, the Monday is added as well, so two noisy days of drinking, eating, music, dancing, elaborate costumes and fireworks will ensue. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #Sineu #Mallorca
2nd January 2019. The first day of the New Year felt like Spring had arrived. I used the opportunity to tidy and prune back the excessive growth on the climbing plants on the front of the house, which without cutting back, force themselves into the roof cavity and find ways to get inside the house through gaps in the window frames. It was surprisingly hot work in the direct midday Sun and made more difficult because only the Wisteria has lost all its leaves, but the two Roses and the Passion Flower are still retaining theirs. Note that in the planter, a Lobelia from last Summer is rapidly growing. I can’t help feeling the garden needs some cold Wintery weather for its future health. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #PruningRoses
1st January 2019. The garden’s first blossoms of a brand New Year are setting the scene for the Spring to come. Within my little world, here in Kent UK, there is so much to look forward to and I can escape the turbulent reality of a world outside, over which I have no control - and I have to ask - who does? . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #DontMentionTheReferendum
31st December 2018. It’s goodbye to another interesting year on Instagram. I have enjoyed being inspired by what other people are doing and have shared in my postings, only the small section of my daily life that I can show in Instagram’s little coloured squares. Thank you all who have followed and commented and have a good 2019. Happy New Year. Today’s posting shows the result of the massive power of computing to produce a rather pointless illustration of the use of colour in our postings. I would have thought mine would have shown a greater use of Green and Blue, and not so much Grey. OK, it’s only a bit of harmless fun. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #YearOfColour #YearOfColour2018
30th December 2018. The warm, wet Winter so far, has enabled the moss to flourish on the garden walls, appearing to fluoresce in the weak Sunshine. It’s such a wonderful colour that I have gathered some to dress the bare soil on my indoor plant pots. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #GreenMoss
29th December 2018. The soil is still warm and I have now finished the preparations for replanting this bed at the end of our house frontage. I’ve removed wheelbarrow loads of soil and weeds, relocated dozens of Irises and this bed is ready to receive bare root Roses. There are still lots of Spring bulbs I have left where they are, like these Daffodils, which seem to very advanced this year, leaving me wondering if our Winter will ever arrive - we’ve only had one mild frost so far. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #EarlyDaffodils
27th December 2018. The back door boot-room entrance has its own homemade wreath, made with our garden foraging and a few baubles and a ribbon. I would like to get a couple of hours outside today and although I have enjoyed a lot of eating, drinking and sleeping over Christmas, I need some exercise in the fresh air. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #ChristmasWreath
26th December 2018. A small display of garden foraging, starred at the centre of our Christmas Day luncheon table. As the weather was sunny and warm (for December) we went for a quick midday drink outside at The Zetland Arms pub, overlooking the English Channel. Unexpectedly, it was also a chance for us to try and spot illegal immigrants arriving. According to the news, more than 40 were intercepted yesterday in 4 instances and a Customs & Excise boat was seen patrolling the Kingsdown coast. There are tragedies waiting to happen as hundreds of desperate people are attempting to get into the UK using unsuitable inflatable boats. Strong measures are needed NOW to stop the people smugglers and save lives. In an uncertain World, have a good Boxing Day. Swipe for closeups of the table centre. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #ChristmasDecorIdeas <#ZetlandArmsKingsdown
25th December 2018. Just in time for Christmas, I finished repainting the linked rooms of the Kitchen and Dining Room. There are just a few details that need attention but that will wait until later this week. The Kitchen is fully operational again and after a splendid seafood dinner featuring Prawns and a Sea Bass for Christmas Eve, the highlight of today’s feast will be - Roast Beef! Happy Christmas everybody and have a lovely day. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #ChristmasDecorIdeas
24th December 2018. One of our Christmas bouquets created only with produce from the garden (except the little silver bird!). Have a good day, Christmas Eve has a magical sound to it, but in reality is so often rushed shopping, nightmare road journeys, last minute cleaning and belatedly sending cards to people you’ve forgotten. None of these stresses for me as everything is ready and hopefully a quiet 3 days of just eating and drinking. May your next few days be magical too. Swipe for Yuletide details. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #ChristmasBouquet
23rd December 2018. There is no Christmas Tree for indoors this year, only the big one on the front garden lawn. This bauble clad display is a minimalist substitute, using Walnut branches from a tree in our garden felled by gales 3 years ago. Lots of other garden foliage is still being installed in the hall and selected rooms and photos will no doubt be posted over the coming days. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #ChristmasDecorIdeas
22nd December 2018. This Poinsettia is the only potted plant I have bought this year and there are three reasons: 1. They are very cheap to buy. 2. When we lived in Mallorca many years ago, we fell in love with this spectacular plant which is the symbol of Christmas and every household has one on display. They regard it as essential in the same way we have the Christmas tree, which is only seen in Spain in tourist areas. 3. It’s difficult to grow in the UK and paying only £4 at B&Q for such a beauty means the effort is hardly worth the bother trying! . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #Mallorca #Sineu #Poinsettia
21st December 2018. Our front door’s wreath is homemade from the garden’s own produce. However, to me it still doesn’t feel like Christmas, as the weather here in Kent is well above freezing point and lots of sunny days are keeping the earth warm and encouraging lots of Spring planting to appear. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #ChristmasWreath
20th December 2018. I only had an hour before it got dark, to light and decorate the Christmas tree growing in our front garden. I pruned the tree down in size this Spring, as it was getting too big to safely access with a ladder, and I discovered that it is still too tall. The ladder’s feet were sinking into the soggy lawn and I was concerned about falling over the wall. I’ll take a bit more off the top before next year, but this about as good as I could do it, to get it ready for yesterday evening’s Carol singing on the Village Green. It rained of course, but we all carried on and I hope a lot of money was raised for charity. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #VillageGreen #ChristmasCarolSinging
19th December 2018. Although I enjoy neutral shades and the Sun’s weak Winter shadows, this is a last look at the colourless world of our kitchen/ diner before the Christmas decorating starts today. I am also repainting the walls, so the background of our bouquets in this room will change - bring on the seasonal colours! . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #ChristmasDecorating2018
18th December 2018. I posted this little bit of VT of the bird feeding area around the Winter flowering Viburnum tree, but for some reason it disappeared from my feed, so this is a reposting. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #BirdFeeders
17th December 2018. This is the time of year for “Best Nine 2018”. It’s rather like getting a school report and year on year I am surprised by which postings get the most liked - I hardly ever spend more than a minute or two grabbing a photo. Thank you to everyone who liked what they saw and I apologise for not always having the time to respond. I have posted every single day since 1st September 2015 and nearly all the photographs are freshly taken the day before posting. I enjoy seeing what other people are doing but I have to limit my time on Instagram as I have many things to do outside what I share here @sowing_scenes. I look forward to seeing your Best Nine 2018 and if you swipe you will see my 2017, 2016 and 2015 collections. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #bestnine2018
16th December 2018. As the Winter starts to bite, it’s time to start log splitting again. Logs from our felled trees, are kept in this store, sometimes for years, to dry out. The trailer attached to the lawnmower is very useful for moving them as it has the capacity of about 5 wheelbarrow loads and is much quicker and almost effortless for me, to ferry them down to the workshop where the splitter is kept. Once split, the logs are kept in a small store beside the house. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #LogSplitting
15th December 2018. For a brief moment of magic, yesterday’s rising Sun, broke through under the clouds and bathed the view from our bathroom window, in surreal golden light, before quickly returning it again to the bleak greys of winter. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #GardenMagic
Repost: @__s__h__e__p__h__e__r__d__ - A Beautiful brand hosting a special pop up shop at its workshop in the heart of Kent - you’d be mad to miss it! #designer #supportlocal #christmaspopup #secretkent #wondrousadventurers
14th December 2018. Yesterday started with frost and zero temperature but was a sunny and productive day in the garden. The area under the old Beech trees is now under control. The previous owners had planted Snowdrops, Bluebells and Daffodils but lack of regular maintenance allowed the area to be infested by vigorous weeds. After my 5 years of clearing weeds by regular strimming, they have been nearly eliminated and I will now mow it regularly to encourage it to become a grass meadow, without losing the wonderful view of Springtime bulbs. Swipe for another view. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #GrassMeadow
12th December 2018. A couple of days of reasonably dry weather, has enabled me to prune back nearly all the Roses. The garden is looking rather bleak, although lots of bulbs are starting to push themselves into the daylight. It’s only a week until the Winter Solstice and the days start getting longer again - hooray! . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #WinterSolstice2018 #PruningRoses
11th December 2018. It’s nice that there is still enough growing in the garden, to make up our own floral displays, when it’s only a couple of weeks away from Christmas. Swipe for a closer look. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature
Pink sky over Canterbury tonight #secretkent #originalcottagesfamily #visitkent #staycation
10th December 2018. Many plants seem to be in an Autumn limbo, waiting for proper Winter to arrive. I must find time during this coming week, to finish pruning everything ready for Spring. Before it’s too late, these Hydrangea flower heads need harvesting and dried for Winter bouquets. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #Hydrangeas
9th December 2018. Found a few remaining Roses in the garden, to make a little centrepiece for last night’s dinner party. However, the impact was somewhat lost by it having to complete with the floral tablecloth. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature
8th December 2018. After a week of heavy rain most days, it was a pleasure to walk around the garden this morning as the Sun was rising. No wind, the sky is clear and the temperature is 5 degrees C and no sign of frost. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature
And the sun finally came out! #secretkent #originalcottagesfamily
7th December 2018. The first Snowdrops are poking their little green noses out of the still warm soil. The long Autumn has meant that some of the trees are still shedding their last leaves and although I have been trying to collect them on a daily basis, a backlog has built up. I am having to tread very carefully to gently blow and rake away the thick carpet of sodden leaves that is still covering the tens of thousands of the emerging Snowdrops. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #GoodbyeAutumn #Snowdrops
5th December 2018. Yesterday, the garden had its first proper frost, and the clear blue sky gave ideal conditions to finish the bulb planting in this part of the garden. The soil had never been cultivated before and it was a lengthy process to clear stones and roots before applying nutrients and a heavy mulch of compost to keep the weeds away. I look forward to a dazzling display of hundreds of new Spring bulbs. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #DaffodilPlanting
4th December 2018. This is our last bouquet of the year before the serious Christmas decorating starts next week. I’m still debating whether we need to have a tree this year. Swipe for the bouquet details. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #GoodbyeAutumn #AutumnBouquet
3rd December 2018. One sometimes finds useful tips on Instagram and we are having some success with one, but can’t remember where it came from. It’s: Put fresh cuttings that you want to use as dried flowers into a vase of Vegetable Glycerin. They will draw the liquid up into their stems and flowers, keeping them looking fresh. We are experimenting with Rose Hips and Hydrangeas and it appears to work - so far! . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #GoodbyeAutumn
1st December 2018. Less than 20 hours separates this photo from yesterday’s posting. The midday Sun is now so low in the sky, that I couldn’t help including my shadow in this picture of our Village Green after I had finished giving it its final mow of the year. In the distance you can see my house. If you zoom in you can see the postman’s van parked outside and is standing exactly where I look yesterday’s photo. Climate change? - the weather looks and feels like Spring, which is very disconcerting as I am still planting bulbs and the village’s Christmas Carols service on this Green, is only 3 weeks away. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #GoodbyeAutumn #VillageGreen
30th November 2018. Yesterday, as I was coming in from the Village Green, after making preparations for its final mowing of the year, I turned to look back from my house’s street step and suddenly saw this wonderful scene. For a couple of minutes, the grey sky day of gale force winds collected the light from the rapidly setting Sun and transformed the muddy flooded road into a river of flowing gold. A fitting goodbye to the Autumn. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #GoodbyeAutumn #VillageGreen
29th November 2018. At least this bit of the garden is ready for next year. Since I took this photo a couple of days ago, the weather has been atrocious - squally rain all day yesterday and gales and rain today. This frame supported the Dahlias over the Summer and they are now wrapped up cozily in the soil to overwinter. I have planted around them in the frame, layers of over 400 bulbs of Daffodils, Tulips and Alliums to keep them company until they are ready for their Spring show next year. I’m hoping this will need very little maintenance and provide part of a very structured cutting garden beside the front of the house. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #DaffodilPlanting #SpringBulbs
28th November 2018. I bought a couple of big bags of Daffodils bulbs from B&Q, as they are clearing their stock cheaply as their selling season ends. I am using the bulbs to add another 3 metres (10ft) to the lawn’s border and weather permitting, I am hoping to finish all my bulb planting in the garden by the end of this week, but the days are so short now and it’s dark by 4pm. Swipe for pic of some of the Daffodil planting - more Daffodils, Tulips and Alliums still to be added. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #DaffodilPlanting
27th November 2018. All the elements for my citrus trees project have arrived and I bought special soil yesterday for potting them up today. I was inspired by my recent visit to Mallorca and seeing the Orange trees, planted along the pavements of our town a few years ago, now covered in fruit. One each of Orange, Mandarin, Lemon and Lime will live in our conservatory and will be size contained by the pots. I love their shiny green leaves and we are looking forward to their sweet smelling flowers - and any fruit will be a bonus. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #Sineu #Mallorca #CitrusTree
26th November 2018. This is the other half of the pumpkin used as a bowl for a bouquet, that I posted two days ago. We kept this one to brighten up the conservatory over the steely grey days this past weekend. The colours and textures are beautiful but one feels sadness as they are fading away before our eyes. Swipe to see the details. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #GoodbyeAutumn
25th November 2018. It is a shame that the previous owners of our house planted this Acer tree in a far corner of the garden and it only gets noticed when close up to it. Over the years I have cleared a lot of overhanging branches from the Hawthorns, in order to give it more light and encourage it to grow. Its red leaves this Autumn have been the most spectacular I have ever seen and it is the last big splash of colour in the garden. The leaves are now starting to fall and will be gone by the time December arrives. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #GoodbyeAutumn #AcerTree
24th November 2018. We made a bowl from half a pumpkin and added foraged bits and pieces from the garden, and took it to the house of friends from London. They are renovating a house in Deal as a holiday home and it’s at the stage where it’s just habitable but everything is a mess, so our bowl brought a bit of Thanksgiving colour to their building site. We had a splendid meal together at The Dining Club, which serves gourmet five-course menus, in a little gem of a listed Georgian house, at the historic centre of Deal in Kent. Swipe for details. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #DealKentEngland #TheDiningClubInDeal
23rd November 2018. Although there are still plenty of berries in the garden, I have reopened the bird feeding area so they’ll know where to come when the real Winter arrives. The view from the kitchen windows is one of the joys of our house and I have cleared more of the tree foliage to make it easier to identify the different birds when they drop in. I have also made it safer by removing undergrowth where our local feral “Killer Cat” could hide before pouncing on his breakfast. It took about a minute for the first bird to arrive - a Blackbird, and they prefer foraging for the scattered grains on the ground, rather than using the feeders. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #GoodbyeAutumn #BirdFeedingStation
As this morning’s Sun was just starting to raise its face over the horizon, I stopped to catch a pic outside the village hall, on my way back from a drop off for the London train. I’m glad I have had a day of lovely weather to catch up with garden clearance - but still no bulb planting done! . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #GoodbyeAutumn #WinterSunrise
21st November 2018. I had to take over the kitchen-diner and extend the dining table yesterday evening, in order to have enough space to sort out the bulbs for planting. I seem to have bought many more than I intended as there are about 800 here and I was hoping to get all the planting done this week. But the bitterly cold winds and icy rain have arrived and I’m in no hurry to get out into the garden until the weather improves - there’s plenty of time left. . . #Kent #KentLife #LoveKent #VisitKent #SecretKent #igersKent #EastKent #KentCoast #KentCountryside #KentishVillages #ActualCoolKent #Garden #Gardening #Gardens #MyGarden #VegetableGarden #KitchenGarden #CottageGarden #Potager #Floral_Perfection #Floral_Secrets #GardenofEngland #AllThingsBotanical #The_Gentle_Manifesto #InspiredByNature #GoodbyeAutumn #BulbPlanting
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