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16th August 2018. I bought this Echinacea from a plant sale last year and it seems to be doing rather well considering the recent dry weather. I like it’s height and and elegant flowers and leaves, and will sow a lot more next year. We have only a few more days holiday here in Mallorca. The weather broke last week, settling down to a comfortable temperature now and the warm rain as liberated the strong sweet smells of Mediterranean soil. . . #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 #Echinacea
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15th August 2018. Cosmos, with its feathery foliage and pretty flowers in a variety of colours, has come into its own this year, filling in gaps in the garden’s borders where other plants have died back. I hope they will keep flowering well into the Autumn and although they can self seed, I will sow more in root trainers next year and plant them out earlier - weather permitting. . . #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 #CosmosFlowers
14th August 2018. One of my new Roses, a David Austin Roses “Molineux”, was making its first appearance, just as I deserted my garden to grab a few days holiday in Mallorca. It was a relief to see that the rains following the drought, were starting to kick start all my Roses back into flower. . . #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 #DavidAustinRoses
13th August 2018. In England, I enjoy my potted Geraniums in the garden - a lovely Summer flower, but the dry weather and my restricted watering means they are only putting on a small show this year. With the obvious signs of climate change, whilst I am in Mallorca this week, I hope to motivate myself to rethink my planting of more dry climate plants, by reminding myself what flourishes here in the Mediterranean at this time of year and would look good back home. . . #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 #Geraniums
When I’m here on the Son Serra de Marina beach in Mallorca, there’s no other place I’d rather be. This paradise is an unknown place to tourists, found at the end of a long dusty road that takes you back decades, to a Mallorca as it was in the 1960s. It is a protected wilderness with environmental projects to stabilise the sand dunes and floral habitats, and a bay of soft golden sand and shallow blue water, that is home to the largest living organism on the planet - a seaweed that grows to over 10 kilometres (yes kilometres!) in length. The El Sol beach bar completes the wonderfullness with great food and the coolest atmosphere of service and music outside Ibiza. . . #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 #SonSerraDeMarina
12th August 2018. It’s impossible to be in two places at the same time and I’m sorry to be missing seeing the changes to my garden, following the end of weeks of drought. I left a garden with scatterings of Agapanthus in full flower, bringing their wonderful vibrant blue to the flowerbeds. . . #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 #Agapanthus
a promising start to a beautiful day... 🌞 very quickly turned into a day of 'biblical rain'! #torrentialrain 🌧⛈🌧 #summerrain #drenched #slipperywalk #cosypub #raindropsonwindows Frant ~ Hawkenbury ~ Pembury ~ Matfield #aonb #highwealdlandscapetrail #jdchallenge2018 #ig_countryside #secretkent #igerskent Day 6: 24300 steps / 10 miles ~ 10/08/18
Arriving at our home in Mallorca after 11pm last night, we hoped to get a quick meal in the town square, a 100 metres walk from the house, before it was too late. Well, it’s never too late in Mallorca, as the whole town was out celebrating the annual fiestas (which last at least two weeks!) and a chance for everybody of every age, to be out having a good time. A great meal and a joy to meet up with our friends and neighbours again - it is like we had never been 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 #Mallorca #Sineu
11th August 2018. Leaving my garden yesterday morning, after checking everything was OK for my neighbour to keep an eye on it while we are away, it is a shame to realise that the Apple crop will not be harvested. The recent drought has deprived the fruit trees of the water they need to develop and this tree, although overloaded with fruit, is dropping a crop of small and flavourless apples which are useless for eating or juicing. However, the birds and wasps are having a feast with the windfalls. . . #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 #AppleCrop
10th August 2018. Hopefully this is the last of the sprinkler watering the garden. This video from two days ago was followed by a day of continuous rain yesterday ending the drought. Maybe the stifling heat will return but it seems unlikely to be at the same intensity, and we will remember this year for one of the best Summers ever. We are visiting our Mallorca home for a few days, and for the first time I might post from both home and away. I picked the wrong day to travel with Ryanair as they have a pilots’ strike today affecting one in six planes! . . #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 #SummerDrought
9th August 2018. It’s not surprising that Sunflowers have done well after a Summer of heat and hardly any wind. The tallest ones are over 10ft (3 metres) high and have not, so far, been attacked by birds. Swipe for a look at the variety of different colours and sizes. . . #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 #Sunflowers
8th August 2018. As I was watering the garden last evening, I stopped for a moment to capture this beautiful pink lily that has just opened. Already thunderclouds were gathering and large drops of rain started to fall. It looks as though a bit of rain fell overnight but it’s still very dry everywhere. . . #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 #PinkLilies
7th August 2018. I’m very pleased that a couple of my recently planted Cannas have started flowering with explosions of colour. I hope they will like their new home beside the garden pond. . . #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 #CannaPlant
I didn’t notice until I had lifted all the Garlics, that some of the ones that had bolted, had seed heads forming like mini Garlics. Maybe it’s the heatwave, but I don’t recall seeing this before (I’m no expert, I’ve just planted them for years) but next year I will let them develop further to see what happens. According to RHS advice, these heads are OK for use in salads. . . #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 #Garlics
6th August 2018. I have lifted all the Garlics as they are drying out and unlikely to plump up any more, with some of them bolting into flower. Although they are all smaller this year as a result of the dry Summer, there are more than enough for our kitchen needs, well into the 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 #Garlic
5th August 2018. Echinops must be one of the most boring plants in my garden and we have a whole bank of them, which form a background to one of the flowerbeds. However, they redeem themselves as one of the most popular flowers with bumblebees and numerous other flying insects. . . #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 #GlobeThistle
4th August 2018. Slowly gathering in the Lavender, a bit at a time, to save it in bunches for decorating during the Winter. Our almost endless Summer days this year, will be remembered as waking up to the parched landscape and lazy days eating and drinking outside - and there is no rush to do any work in the garden except a bit of watering. . . #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 #LazyDaysOfSummer
It seemed to be a bit pointless to be mowing the brown croquet lawn this lunchtime but there were a few rogue grasses seeding, and it was a chance to remove a lot of dead grass and moss. I was surprised to get 4 hopper loads of dead dry material, about 50% more than a normal mow. . . #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 #LawnCare #LawnMowing
3rd August 2018. The new Dahlia frame is filling out, helped by regular watering during this thirsty Summer weather. It’s early days as the plants get their roots down and the impact will come over the next two years. At the moment, I’m looking forward to seeing all the plants revealing their colours and producing enough flowers for cutting. Swipe for more detail. . . #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
2nd August 2018. Lots of umbels as the Wild Carrots, the dominant flowers in the wildflower meadow, curl up to die back. I still hope that if there is a bit of rain soon, more of the dormant seeds may germinate for a display in 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 #WildCarrot
1st August 2018. This clump of Phlox never gets any bigger because every year I chop a section off to plant in one of the other beds. I love it that the Phloxes beauty and scent are spreading around the garden. . . #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 #Phlox
31st July 2018. Last evening’s view from my seat, drink in hand, from beside the garden pond: The Canna plants I have just planted, having bought them at a weekend sale, a jet slicing through the late evening Mackerel Sky and a little bird (which looks like a recently fledged Goldfinch) taking a quick drink and shower. A perfect view - Cheers. . . #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 #CannaPlant
The tomatoes are in crisis this year as a result of the high temperatures. It was over 40 C degrees inside the greenhouse, which seemed incapable of circulating the hot air, and however much I watered them, the leaves were shrivelling and drooping. Just before the storm struck, I removed the 7 pots containing 13 different varieties of Tomatoes, and positioned them outside where they are protected from the winds. They are all fruiting and look much healthier where they are now, so I will be keeping them there and seeing how they cope when the Sun returns later in the week. . . #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 #Tomatoes
30th July 2018. Brightening the gloom of the thick grey skies, the Stargazer Lilies are bringing a welcome splash of colour to the garden. Sadly, some have been felled by the fierce wind that heralded the thunderstorms. . . #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 #StargazerLily
29th July 2018. Fortunately, there appears to be no real damage to the garden, after the ferocity of the thunderstorms that ended the heatwave. With the soil softened up by the heavy rain, this week will be ideal for lifting many of the potatoes and onions that have already died back. The Lavender, which has spread rapidly over the last two years by self seeding, also needs to be harvested and dried before it’s left too late. . . #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 #Lavender
A just before the Thunderstorm picture. Hot Summer days are ideal for painting the garden furniture, when the paint dries almost as it leaves the brush and two coats can be completed in a hour or so. There are still a table, four chairs and a bench to finish - weather permitting. . . #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 #PaintingGardenFurniture
28th July 2018. The dramatic thunderstorm that struck at 7.15pm yesterday evening, arrived with a hurricane force wind which abated a bit as the thunder, lightening and monsoon rains arrived. There was barely time to collect cushions and sun beds. The plans to go to the pub in Kingsdown to watch the once in a century’s opportunity to see the Blood Moon rise over the sea were cancelled and darkness descended as the storm slowly moved away. I will go to assess any damage left in its trail, after I’ve had a cup of tea. I blame myself for the change in the weather - I bought theatre tickets for this evening, to take friends to see a play at Smallhythe Place. We are taking a picnic to enjoy in the grounds before the performance - ironically “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. . . #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 #MidsummerNightsDream #SmallhythePlace
If the weather forecast is right about thunderstorms and heavy rain later today, this view of the garden will change overnight, with the uncut swathes of lawn flattened and the grass slowly coming back to green. I’ve got so used to the heat, enjoying afternoon siestas and meals outside, that I will miss having a scorching Summer again like we used to have years ago, when we lived in Mallorca. . . #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
27th July 2018. One of the healthiest looking plants in the garden during the current drought, is this Hydrangea. It lives in a sunless corner and hasn’t been watered recently, but is putting on a great show of a lovely deep pink with little splashes of blue. It makes it so much easier when plants can apparently look after themselves. . . #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 #HydrangeaFlower
26th July 2018. As the heatwave is still spiralling upwards, the garden pond is essential for all my birds survival. Throughout the year, hundreds visit every day, to drink and bathe. This Summer, I decided to leave the pond in a more natural state after failing, over the years, to keep the water clear of the blanket and duck weeds. Hidden here by the foliage, there an upper pond that has water continuously pumped up to flow back over a waterfall. I’m thinking of adding another higher level soon, to reduce the queues of birds in the surrounding trees, waiting for their turn to splash around in the Blackbird Lido. . . #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 #GardenPondLife
Still available for the end of August is the delightful Brambles Cottage in Deal, Coastal Kent. This beautifully presented Regency cottage is tucked away down a pretty path behind the high street of this popular seaside town and sleeps up to 5 guests. Book now for just £24 per person per night! . . . #coastalkent #secretkent #originalcottagesfamily #visitkent #deal #regencycottage #quirkyinterior #seasideholiday #summer2018 #familyholidaysattheseaside #prettycottage #booknow
25th July 2018. The pergola I built over two years ago is now completely covered by the four vines I planted then. It obviously likes the hot weather we are having and is covered in hundreds of embryonic grapes. A serious pruning as necessary as viable grapes are still a few years away, so I will have to seek professional advice on the next stage. Swipe for detail. . . #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 #GrapeVine
Whilst taking a few early morning pictures today, I found my friend having a little relaxing sunbathe. This area of the garden is his territory and he always comes over to see me for a chat and I have a jar of seeds ready to give him an easy meal. All the Blackbirds are in very poor condition at the moment, with most of them literally run ragged after up to three nestings since Spring and almost every day, I see some of them hopping around with a fully grown fledgling and feeding it beak to beak. . . #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 #Blackbirds
24th July 2018. Another colour bomb goes off in the conservatory, with the Dahlias and Malopes upstaging the Roses, which are in short supply as the garden heat gets even hotter. Swipe for more 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 #SummerBouquet
It was a mistake to leave the kitchen garden to get on with growing whilst I focussed on my cut flower project and also a mistake to believe what’s written on a seed packet. I believed Sutton’s Seeds @suttons_seeds_plants when they called these DWARF French Beans but I have had to keep putting in higher bamboo supports as they grew. They are now well over 2 metres high and still going. To be fair to Sutton’s, the beans themselves are starting to look like the ones on the packet, but not very French and not very Dwarf. . . #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 #SuttonsSeeds
22nd July 2018. It looks like a good harvest of Shallots this year and probably more than we can use over the next year, as there are still more to lift. I need the space in the bed to try and get some Sweetcorn going, before it’s too late. . . #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 #Shallots
21st July 2018. After a day of changeable weather, a bit cooler and a sprinkling of light rain, it was strange to be dining indoors again. Yesterday, cut flowers were collected and vases filled, to be enjoyed around the house once more. Summer has not gone away, but a few days of relief from the heat will be most enjoyable. Swipe for 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 #SummerBouquets
Breaking News 20 July 2018 11.45am: Raindrops are falling on my Roses for the first time in weeks. If you live in the South East of England, zoom in to remind yourself what raindrops look like. * As I finish writing this, it looks as though it’s stopped. Bother! - or any other word starting with a B. . . #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 #Raindrops
After a disastrous start, when the seeds failed to germinate and a repeat sowing seemed very reluctant to develop, the Sweetpeas are now growing strongly and flowering in profusion. Hurray. . . #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 #Sweetpeas
20th July 2018. The cut flowers’ beds in the foreground are watered daily and the wildflower area in the background gets the occasional splash from the hose. However, as the drought continues, the grass is being left to dry out and areas exposed to the Sun are now very brown (also available in green - just add water). . . #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 #DroughtConditions
19th July 2018. The joy of high Summer is eating outside in the garden and picking the vegetables just before you eat them. This little trug of last night’s supper for two, contains freshly picked Lettuce and Anya Potatoes. Especially for salads, I have grown the Anyas, a first-early cross of Pink Fir Apple and Desiree varieties. They have a wonderful nutty flavour and each tuber produces about 20 potatoes of varying sizes (2x20 shown here). . . #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 #AnyaPotatoes
17th July 2018. As the Sun sets on yet another perfect Summer’s day, the wildflower meadow, which is dominated this year by the lacy Wild Carrot, blends in beautifully with the surrounding parched grass. . . #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 #QueenAnnesLace
16th July 2018. A single Rose just appeared, drifting into the garden like a ghost. Too beautiful to ignored. The colours and textures so subtle, I had to capture it, as it may never be seen here 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 #BeautifulRose
15th July 2018. Our longest established bed of Roses, is surviving the best, during the present drought conditions. It was well established when we moved here 5 years ago and needs very little maintenance. Its success is probably due to deep roots and growing through a dense carpet of Geraniums providing shade to keep the soil moist. . . #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 #DroughtResistant
14th July 2018. Yesterday, as I was giving one of my neighbour’s flower garden, its good daily watering whilst they are away on holiday, this rather ancient tractor arrived. It was starting the process of baling the dry grass that was cut in my neighbour’s field last week and it was nice to see the contrast with the enormous, almost silent, machines that efficiently strip our surrounding fields of their crops in minutes. A rural scene from another era. . . #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 #InspiredByNature #HarvestTime #Haymaking
13th July 2018. This Clematis is one of several different varieties that seem to be coping well in the dry conditions, although I do try and give them all a regular drink. Swipe for more detail. . . #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 #Clematis
12th July 2018. Surviving the drought is easier for our Lavateras, with their large and deep root system. They are not on my list of favourite plants but they are managing to put on a great show in very dry conditions. . . #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 #Lavatera
11th July 2018. Having previously posted that all our Redcurrants had been eaten by the Blackbirds, it was nice to discover, that what I thought were Whitecurrants, had suddenly turned red. . . #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 #Redcurrants
Gorgeous morning on North Downs way looking out to Romney Marsh #gloriousenglishholidays #originalcottagesfamily #secretkent
10th July 2018. As much as I am enjoying this wonderful hot Summer, it was a relief to wake up this morning to a cool day with grey clouds. I can excuse myself from the garden today and catch up with all the important admin I have neglected over the last few weeks. The Summer will still be close at hand, in this abundant bouquet of our garden flowers, in the conservatory. Swipe for more detail. . . #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 #SummerBouquet
The turning circle bed, in the middle of the driveway, is going to need some radical thinking about replanting, as it’s a bit of a mess for some of the year. Seeing my car in this shot, makes me think that as I have so many hoses out watering, I might as well give the car a wash today. . . #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 #Driveway
9th July 2018. It’s an exciting day for me to have the first flower open in the newly planted permanent bed of 36 Dahlias. All the plants are growing well, getting lots of water and I hope for a spectacular show in the coming weeks. . . #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
8th July 2018. Watering the garden in this hot weather, has been taking my life over for the last few weeks, so it was an escape to visit friends for lunch yesterday - and find them watering Alpacas instead! I would love to have a small herd of Alpacas myself, they are such gentle and shy creatures, but unfortunately need a commitment to care 24/7. They loved their hosing down in the midday heat. . . #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 #Alpacas
A strange collection have gathered by the kitchen sink - a Walnut sapling with a root growing out of the shell and the flower stems of some Red Onions that have bolted. I cut the stems to save the Onion, otherwise they will grow by draining the bulb. The Walnut will be potted soon, if the root shows signs of growth. . . #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 #WalnutSapling
7th July 2018. The intense colour of their petals and their beautiful foliage, makes the Californian Poppies one of my favourites in the Summer garden, but I just wish I could get them to self-seed themselves. The Clematis and Daisies entwined in the background, are supported by clinging to a climbing Rose which has already finished flowering. Swipe for detail. . #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 #CalifornianPoppy
With do many treats of wonderful things to eat in the garden (berries, grubs, ants’ eggs, worms etc), the birds have very kindly left us a few Cherries to pick. There never will be a big crop from our four young Morello Cherry trees and these bitter fruits will be puréed for use in cooking. I also enjoy watching the Blackbirds struggling to detach the Cherry from the stalk and fly off with it, only to discover the bright red fruit is not sweet! . . #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 #MorelloCherry
6th July 2018. I am trying to get as much water sprayed around the vegetable garden as possible, before the use of hosepipes is banned. All the vegetables, like the Onions in the foreground and Desiree Potatoes behind, need to be kept moist so they can continue to plump up, before they die back soon. It’s important to get the balance right because the longer they can grow, the bigger they will be, but overwatering would remove the soil’s nutrients and rot the vegetables. . . #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 #WateringTheVeggies
5th July 2018. With abundance of cut flowers available in the garden, it’s sometimes tempting to get as many as possible into a bouquet. Well, why not? If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Swipe for detail. . . #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 #SummerBouquets
There are only a few dates available this July for Medgetts Cottage in Adisham, Rural Kent. Sleeping 5 people this pet friendly thatched cottage is great for a countryside retreat this summer - and the cathedral city of Canterbury is right on the doorstep. Check it out on our website! #ruralkent #secretkent #originalcottagesfamily #canterbury #adisham #countrysideretreat #getawayfromitall #summerholidays #summer2018
4th July 2018. The Summer heatwave goes on and the fragile faces of the Roses are becoming bleached by the Sun. The lack of rain means daily watering is needed everywhere and especially for the seedlings, but I don’t know if I could manage it if a hosepipe ban is imposed. Inside the house, cut flowers bring daily joy and the incentive to keep the garden in the best condition possible. Swipe for detail. . . #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 #SummerBouquets
3rd July 2018. No Redcurrants this year after the Blackbirds found a way to get through the netting. The Blackcurrants have survived better but most are smaller because of the drought conditions. A couple of baskets worth is better than nothing and they will be turned into ice cream. Swipe for baskets. . . #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 #Blackcurrants
The last few weeks available at The Clock House for this summer are booking up fast ... make sure you don't miss out on this gem of a rural retreat! Located in Marden, Rural Kent, this beautifully converted property is in a peaceful location enveloped by countryside and orchards. Available for a week's holiday for just £25 per person per night this July and August! #ruralkent #marden #wealdofkent #kentwildlifetrust #visitkent #secretkent #originalcottagesfamily #booknow #ruralretreat
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