Monday, May 30, 2016

A little green fingered interlude!

Good afternoon to you and how was your weekend?
Did you have the glorious weather we did?
I've actually caught the sun!
That doesn't happen very often up here.  I'd like to say long may it remain but today is a totally different day, overcast and dull but it may improve later in the day.  Here's hoping.

I got my green fingers out this weekend and planted a lot of bedding plants, all my pots are now sorted apart from one large trug which I haven't decided what to do with yet.
The garden is looking a whole lot tidier, both hubby and I did it between us, we tried to enlist the boys but the eldest was working and the youngest was plugged in.

At the moment I am working on a bigger project and it is something I have not tackled before, as a crafter I am finding it quite exciting!  And dare I say, not as difficult as I expected it to be.  As I can't share until it is completed I thought today I would update you on my horticulture, after Chelsea last week I have fairly got the bug again.

The sweet pea has started to bloom and it smells divine.
I am just waiting for more flowers so I can start cutting them to bring in.

My four tomato plants are ready for replanting into bigger pots which shall be occurring later today, before they start to flower.

My youngest got this cactus for his birthday one year when he was about six.  I know a little different!
It only had one stem not the seven it has now.  The reason I show you this is because I have never seen such a droopy cactus.  I guess it might need more water than it is getting?  Or do you know otherwise?
I am afraid when it comes to the cactus plant I have very little knowledge.  I will say that this particular plant flowers every year without fail with loads of little pink flowers, that don't look real, but they are.

I've never known another cactus flower as much as this one.  It does really well considering it is mostly ignored with just the occasional water.
My house plants all thrive on neglect!

I popped into work on Saturday and the staff pointed me towards some of our plants that were reduced so I picked up these little beauties.

Do you like my wellies?
The plants were looking a little sad so I have dead headed them and given a good water.
They seem to be coming back strong as they looked a little sad in the shop.
I also picked up this......

....too spicy, hot, hot.  It was worth it just for the volume of chillies on it, I've already removed a couple which were ready.

My pots although all planted are needing a few weeks for the plants to grow, I am hoping for a good display later in the year after getting down and dirty all weekend!
Only time will tell.

That's all from me today, I have a couple of cards to make for friends today and really should tackle the ironing again, already.  I'm sure my ironing pile grows hourly!
Then it will be back to my project, mmmm, what can it be?

Now I don't normally leave you with a smile on a Monday but I found this last week and it did make me smile, so I thought on a Monday?  Why not!

I think this would be as near as I would get to an Apple watch, how about you?
It might get a little smelly after a few days.

Have a great weeks folks and enjoy the rest of your Bank holiday Monday.


Rainey's Craft Room said...

Sorry I've been AWOL lately but things should get back to normal now. A lovely post today, great to see all your plants and I think the cactus is looking so good because they do thrive on neglect, their flowering is a mechanism for survival - when they think conditions are tough they produce flowers to ensure their line carries on. Hubby waters and tends the house plants as I have a tendency to kill them :)
Take care and enjoy your day, until the ironing :)

Pen Sunshinepen said...

HIya I am just in from the garden too, and its been a very hot day here. 40c in the sun and 25c indoors !!! Yes I have caught the sun too.

Just love your photos of your veg and flowers. That cactus is spectacular.

Well done.

crafty hugs x

cuilliesocks said...

Beautiful plants Erika, I thought the cacti was crocheted, daft me.
Love sweet peas,Kate x

Patricia said...

Erika, what a fantastic display of plants.
That Cactus is AMAZING never seen anything like that before. I thought you were going to tell us you had "knitted" it.
Loving the watch!!!
Patricia X

Marianne's Craftroom said...

We have had cool and dull weather most f the time. Great plants, love the wellies

Barb said...

Hi Erika, here I am catching up again. It sounds as if you a good and productive weekend and certainly much better than us in the midlands. I love your wellies and those chillies look as if they will be perfect for your friend to cook you a delicious curry again soon!

Looking forward to seeing the new craft project. Have a lovely week. Barbxx

Lau W said...

Oh nice shots ! Hihi the cactus make me smile, so "special" !
Oh lol the watch !!
Rain and wind are here again today pfff !

Barb said...

Hi Erika, I asked my hubby (he used to collect cacti) and he said your son's cactus is a Mammillaria (probably Mammillaria matudae) and that it is quite normal for this species to lean over as they get more mature. Here's a link to a photo of a similar looking cactus:

If you Google Mammillaria matudae you will find loads more pics of the plant leaning over. Barb xx

Cara said...

You have been busy on the garden front, the best that can be said about mine is that the bunnies enjoy the dandelion and willowherb weeds! Cara x

Lau W said...

Hello Erika !
i saw a shot of a friend (on Flickr). She has a cactus like yours (big cactus), et she said to me that your cactus is nice, it is beautiful and in perfect health, it does not appear to her "soft", it is innate ;-) Cool !