The lady who lived in my cottage before me was a very keen and talented gardener, and so I have inherited a beautiful, English country cottage style garden which, in spite of the attentions of my two large and very clumsy furry friends, is still looking lovely (though not quite as neat as before!)
It’s lovely being able to sit in my conservatory, happily stitching away, and look out at the plants and flowers. At Coombe Leigh, in common with many older houses, you couldn’t actually see the garden from inside the house. I read once somewhere that this was so the servants couldn’t watch their employers relaxing, but I’m not sure if this was true or not – perhaps somebody might know?
That’s my sofa – you can just see it in this picture, and I’m hoping that it will be nice during the colder months too as my garden is south-facing. The conservatory is great to take pictures in as well, including my latest pattern for the Bustle & Sew Magazine – a little Lambkin softie…..
His head is adapted and simplified from a vintage pattern – it’s a very clever method of construction though it needed a little tweaking to bring it up to date. I didn’t use the body from that pattern though as it had separately constructed, wired legs and I wanted my little Lambkin to be a suitable toy for a child. He was a very self-indulgent make, using some beautiful furry fabric I ordered on Ebay and was intending to save for Christmas stitching. But when it arrived it was so wonderfully soft and tactile I had to use it straight away! The Lambkin pattern will be in the August issue of the Magazine, which is published in less than 2 weeks. But back to my garden – there is one part that is looking a little desolate and unloved – and that’s the greenhouse…
I have never had a greenhouse before and am at a bit of a loss to know what to do with it over the coming months. I have already decided that next year I’d like to try tomatoes, peppers and maybe even aubergines, and it will be good for overwintering some of my terracotta pots which, together with their contents, have suffered frost damage over the years. But I simply don’t have any ideas as to what I could plant in there now? If anybody has any suggestions for a total greenhouse newbie I would be very grateful. It seems to be crying out for some love and attention and I simply don’t know how to make it feel loved again.