If we  were having  coffee: I would  offer  you a comfy seat  in the garden  and  then  tell you  how  we had  been  bought  a  Meercat  solar garden  light .

Mickov  the bringer of light

Mickov the bringer of light

We  have called  him Mickov the bringer of light. I have  a friend  who has  had a  dreadful  year  she had  a nightmare  settlement  to sort  out  with her  ex-husband. Which  could  of  left  her homeless  after  paying  the mortgage  in all but  but name for  years  and  bringing  up  two daughters  single  handed. We  helped  her  to emerge  with a  roof  over  her  head  and  her  nerves  intact.  She, though  we did not  expect   it,  bought up  this cute  little guy!

He  looks amazing  by  night  and  so  cute  by  day  too!

Mickov  by  day.

Mickov by day.

If we  were having  coffee: I would  tell you how  well our  tomatoes  are  doing,  this  is  the second  year  crop  of Italian Beef  tomatoes. The  year  before  last  we were  given  the seeds by our  lovely  holiday  hosts. Last year  we had  an amazing  crop of  splendid  Beef  Tomatoes.  We used  them in  salads  and gave  loads  away  then my  husband  hit on the brilliant  idea  of  making pickles! So this  years  crop  are  from the seeds  of  the year  before’s  crop. It  is  lovely  to watch  them growing  !

This  year's  new crop

This year’s new crop

As  you can see the  tomatoes  are  doing well!

If we were having coffee: I would  tell you  how  disappointed  we have been with our Pansies this year . Usually  we have a fantastic  show of all colours  but sadly  this  year they have  been remarkable  poor! For  some reason  they  just  have not  thrived  this  year  which  is a shame.




sad Pansys

sad Pansies

If we were having coffee: I would  tell you that  I am so pleased  with all the  new  bushes  we planted  last  year  to fill in the garden , hide  the walls  and give us the cottage garden look!  I have  found  that  putting in  bedding  plants  year  after  year is expensive and honestly  useless. The  snails  and  slugs  have a fieldday  feeding off of  them  and then after  the season  they  need replacing ! So  we decided  ( hubby  and I) to put in  bushes and shrubs.






the pergola

the pergola

     If we were having Coffee: I would  tell you  how  lovely  the Honneysuckle  and  the White Rose tree  are looking  and how the  Day Lillies  have  been spectacular. It is  all  coming  together  at  long last . The  little  rockery  feature  is looking good  this  year  with the Alpines  and  the mirrors  and  the pebbles  too.

Rose Bush

Rose Bush




rockery 1



 If we were having Coffee: I would  tell you how  we have worked very hard  to get the garden looking  how  we would like it. How  when the children were small we used  to have a running battle  with balls and bats and young lads  running round flattening our  flower beds. Thank fully  they are all grown  now  and  our garden at  last  stands a chance!



If we were having  coffee I would tell  it has taken us  over 25yrs  to  get this garden this far!

It  is  not  our  first  garden  we have in fact we have had  three gardens  to tend  before this one!



Potato patch

Potato patch

If we were having coffee: I would  ask  you what do you think of  the potato patch. This will be our  third  year  of home grown potatoes.  I would  tell you how really  different  and better home grown potatoes taste.

If we were having coffee : I would say  what fantastic  weather  we have  been  having these last few days.

Lollypop Holly Bush

Lollypop Holly Bush

I would say  how lovely  the Holly Bush  is looking  now it has  been shaped. Also we are  very pleased  with the box pyramid bushes  we have in pots on the patio , they are looking really  neat! I would  tell you that I really  need to spend  more time out  there!

The Patio

The Patio

Mickov  from the back!

Mickov from the back!

If we were having Coffee: I would tell you I was feeling  a tad stressed out when I started  this  post  but  now I am feeling  much calmer!

How about  you join in now  and share what  you would tell me If we were having coffee.  The idea  for these coffee posts  come from Part  time Monster

Day Lillies

Day Lillies

Poor little Pansys

Poor little Pansys


the raised garden

the raised garden

Ops  the table  needs a wipe!

Ops the table needs a wipe!


16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul
    Jul 13, 2014 @ 20:51:50

    Wow, Willow, that’s a heapin’ helpin’ of growing things. You have a beautiful garden. A pile of work over the decades. You must have some serious gardening tips that you’ve developed over the years. What a gorgeous place to rest and have a coffee you have built yourself Willow. Powerfully positive.


    • willowdot21
      Jul 13, 2014 @ 20:56:55

      Well thanks Paul that is praise indeed, mind you I have to add that the hubby does most of it now in the four years since I broke my back but I am beginning to get out there and help again! xxxxxx


  2. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 01:01:41

    You have a beautiful garden, Willow. I love it when the weather cooperates and it’s not so hot.


  3. kate58
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 09:59:56

    I LOVE your garden! I wish I could have coffee with you, so I could tell you all about my wee garden. I live in a tenement with one flat to each floor. When I moved in back in 2006, there was no garden area – just a mess of untended grass and weeds. So I introduced myself to my neighbours and put a proposition to them: that we (a) pool our money and hire a landscaper, or (b) pool our money and do all the work ourselves. They came up with their own idea: that we start a Garden Fund, they’d give the money to me, and I would assume responsibility for doing the garden. So that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 8 years, & every year, it gets better & better. Even my BF kicks in a few quid every year. 🙂


    • willowdot21
      Jul 14, 2014 @ 16:48:37

      I think this is brilliant that you have taken on the community garden and done so well with it. Yes it would be lovely to have coffee together. I would really love to sit in the garden and chew the fat. 🙂 xxx


  4. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 13:42:55

    If we were having coffee I would ask you if you’ve heard coffee grinds are full of nitrogen and good for some things in your garden. Acid-loving plants especially like them: azeleas, rosebushes, evergreens, rhododendrons, camellias.
    Love your yards. It’s gorgeous. ❤


  5. socialbridge
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 06:18:13

    Brilliantly done! Simply love the garden shots, especially the honeysuckle.


  6. Bernice
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 15:40:31

    Beautiful pictures! Too bad about the panseys! But the tomatoes are doing well so that is good. 🙂


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