At this time of year there is so much to do all around the garden. There are seeds to sow, seedlings to prick out, small plants to harden off ready for planting out and lots of growing weeds to keep on top of.
BUT, it is equally important to just take a breath, grab a cup of tea and a piece of cake and just soak up the beauty all around us at this time of year.
There have been times this week with the sun out when I have felt I should reach for the camera and just capture the moment. Spring in all its glory.
With storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin all taking their toll on us in the United Kingdom at the moment I thought it would be nice to take a trip back in time to summer this year when the days were warm and the air was still.
This video is a collation of snippets that I took at the time but have not yet done anything with. So, a wet and windy Sunday afternoon in February seemed the ideal time to sit down, bring them together and remember the scents and colour of summer.
This short video takes a meander around the gardens close to the house, the new twilight garden that we have been developing, the wild flower meadow experiment that we sowed in the spring, the Paul’s Himalayan Musk in its prime clambering high into the silver birches, the old rose garden with its spectacular 8 foot foxgloves, the orchard which we were preparing for my daughter’s wedding and into the formal flower garden where the climbing and shrub roses were in full bloom.
Enjoy a slow wander around the flower beds and listen to the birds.
Post script: In the last few months my aging laptop has found it increasingly difficult to process and edit large video files. On this occasion I tried out a free service in the cloud called moviemakeronline.com which you access through a standard web browser. It was simple to use for the kind of editing and merging that I needed to do and in particular did not need me to have a powerful PC. No software needs to be downloaded and installed and for me it worked a treat.
We usually spend a lot of time outside in the garden with friends and family and in these strange times we thought it might be fun to post a short garden tour as the April blossom is in full swing,the sun is out and the garden is looking so lovely. Enjoy!
I have really enjoyed getting to grips with the garden this year. Having given up our day jobs we now have much more time to work on the projects we have been thinking about for some time.
There is still a great deal to do (a garden is always evolving and changing) but I thought it would be nice to capture the end of June by offering a virtual garden tour. I have spent many happy hours simply wandering around smelling the roses and admiring the colour combinations that appear.
The tour takes you around the garden at the back of the house, down the old rose garden to the vegetable garden and then into the orchard. We then walk through the small woodland copse into the top of the new flower garden (now in its second year). Look out here for the garden visitor that was caught on camera.
After a look around the new flower garden we move back towards the house to admire the magnificant climbing roses, the circular garden near the house and then finally the garden and views to the front.
I warn you now this is not intended to be a glossy video that hides all the ‘sub-optimal’ bits of the garden! My intention is to capture the essence at a moment in time and love the way that the video picks out all the bird song. Hope you enjoy the tour.
(You can either watch the video through the embedded video below on this page or click here to view it on YouTube itself.)