May in the garden

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I love spending may in the garden – its one of my favorite times of the year.

After a very harsh winter and slow start to spring, things are finally in full flow. I feel very lucky to have a garden where I live in the heart of a city. I have grown a lots of plants from seed or purchased them from when I’m up north. While I don’t have the green fingers of my parents, sister or brother in law, I do love to spend time in the garden. That along with exercise is the best therapy in an age where we spend too much time looking at a screen or sitting at a desk.

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. – Alfred Austin

A month ago we got the offer of some old wooden garden furniture that was going to get thrown away. A weekend was well spent washing, sanding and oiling these tables and chairs and they have come up a real treat.

I have chilli plants, courgettes, Zinnias (dahlia mix), Clematis all in pots. While the flower beds are full of thyme, rosemary , strawberries, sage, loveage, chives, and a lop sides bay leaf tree I tried to shape myself ( the less said about him the better). After last year I had to add some verbena bonariensis to the garden. It grows around a meter tall with lovely purple flowers that the insects love so I’m hoping mine won’t die! I have also planted some delphinium and a echinops as I loved to work with these plants when I was working as a florist.

… that said i’m back out in to the garden..

Enjoy whats left of the bank holiday weekend

Lucy xx

chive plants in fluu flower

garden furniture getting a sand

verbena bonariensis



Marigold florist

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So i love doing the odd bit of floristry, unfortunately I need to wear gloves as my eczema isn’t that keen on plants and flowers however I keep at it.

Today I decided to make a up a few buttonholes with what I could find in the garden. i tend to like the more rustic look and like the use of herbs, seed heads and grasses.

Weddings at Stanton Hall

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If you are lucky enough to a) live in Northumberland  b) are engaged  and c) like the idea of a laid back rustic wedding why don’t you check out Stanton Hall for your special day?

Stanton Hall is first a foremost a plant nursery but in the last 2 years has added a Wedding Barn to the grounds. Both the Wedding Barn and GinGan are licence for weddings and they have a large field area perfect for marquees or quirky tipi’s.

If you want move information email them at 

Or you can find move info via the Facebook page

Tipi at Stanton Hall