This weekend we're heading off to the glorious Waterperry Gardens for our latest Nostalgia in Miniature Workshop - Let's All Play in the Little Back Garden - and as it includes creating a selection of 'vintage' toys and books, we shall be taking some genuine ones along to 'dress the set'of our small sales table and the Raffle in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign.
Parts of the garden have got the better of me this summer and run somewhat wild - this six foot tall lily is now fighting it's way through a clematis!!
I grow these Houseleeks (sempervivum) on an old cracked wooden platter which is scattered with a mixture of grit, shells, flint pebbles and old broken pottery that's come out of the garden when I've been digging. Where I grew up in Oxfordshire (it was Royal Berkshire then) these small pieces of china were called 'panche', and were often little vintage treasures......Oh yes and the broken terracotta dragon......
I was thrilled to be able to catch these butterflies sunbathing on this miniature garden.
We love growing our own vegetables too - not that I'm in charge of this - and we've had fun and some success growing our runner beans this year in an old Newlyn Fish crate we found washed up on a Cornish beach when we lived there. They're happily growing really well and using our shed for support, and it's amazing just what you can grow in a small corner and odd container.
We shall open booking on September 2nd. and places are limited.