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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

WOYWW - 236

Not perhaps a desk as yet, but it still needs a lot of work.  I have a load of plants to put in, but just have not got round to it so far.  The fence is not curved, it is just the effect of the panorama setting on the camera.  That small fence has made such a difference to my life.  No longer do the dogs come in fro the garden covered in mud which they leave all over the house.  No longer do they dig up my plants or eat my fruit.  No longer can they eat the bird seed or dive into the bird bath. 
I cannot wait to get all these beds filled over the next twelve months.  I am aiming for a good mix of flowers, shrubs, vegetable and herbs, and loads of wild flowers for the insects etc.  A lot of the pots lying around will be emptied and their contents given a permanent home in the raised beds.  That should cut down the watering for next year.

I like the idea of being able to go out into the garden and pull enough baby carrots etc for that day's food with lots of flavour and vitamins, cutting just enough salad leaves for that meal without the rest going off in the fridge.  The greenhouses are intended for tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries, just for a start, and the new beds below are for my soft fruit, gooseberries, blackcurrants etc. 
The big strawberry pots on the left will probably be turned over now to flowers to brighten things up, and hopefully encourage more insects to come along.  I think there will be more paving under the trees where the lawn is presently covered in leaves, where the grass will never grow again, perhaps with a nice seat around the tree for relaxing, maybe even a small table for outdoor crafting, perhaps with nice perfumed plant around for inspiration.

As you might gather, I have loads of ideas, which are gradually being turned into plans and followed through.  However, my plan for Wednesday is to take a large box upstairs, and fill it with all the stuff on my desk which needs sorting and clear it all off so I can get enough space to do some proper crafting.  that is the plan but it depends on where the decorators are working.  On the other hand, I must just get painted into the only room downstairs that is not being painted  before Christmas, in which case I will finish the Christmas cards.  Either way, I have a plan (to quote Barbara Gray). 

Sorry, there is not a lot of crafting going on here yet, but I am sure a lot of you are also caught up with the rush to get Christmas sorted.  However, do take the time to have a cup of coffee and a tasty biscuit while you wander round some of the lovely desks on show each week over at Julia's Place.  You will be made very welcome.


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I suspect there will be lots of crafting once you start working on Christmas. And I LOVE those new raised beds. They will be great for your needs. Have a great WOYWW from #1.

Regina Hamilton said...

I really like your garden. I wish I had a green thumb, but I kill everything. #12

Darnell J Knauss said...

That was a very enjoyable "desk," Maggie! You sound so enthusiastic and so happy with all that you are doing and planning and I'm so happy for you! I look forward to following the progress as the new year unfolds! Happy WOYWW and have a great week!! Hugs, Darnell #22

Helen said...

Your plans for your garden sound wonderful, good luck putting them into action when you can! Hope you get your crafting done too! Helen 24

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Maggie
You know what they say about the best laid plans.... Good luck and hope you get some crafting done
Janet @39

Di said...

Hi Maggie! Wow, your garden is going to be fabulous next Summer. And I think that most of us are at the stage right now of having to haul stuff from our desks just to make a bit of space to work :-)

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah Maggie so lovely to see your beautifully organised yard and well designed to puppy paws out well done love all the other plans afoot too! God bless you in it all, Shaz in Oz.x #30

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Your garden's looking great, Maggie! I love veggie gardening, there's a great deal of personal satisfaction growing your own veg and it's so much cheaper too!
Wanna swap some seeds? I've got these weird cucumber seeds.. they have slightly spiky skins when they're grown but have a really good flavour!
Hugs, LLJ 43 xx

Caro said...

It is always good to have a plan, even if it has to be adaptable to others. Love the look of the garden...can't wait to see it when it is completed. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#52)

Christine said...

Great to have all that planting to look forward to. I look after the gardens at a steam railway and love planning out the centre (show) bed. Look forward to seeing next year in full bloom
Bishopsmate #73

Julia Dunnit said...

My life, you have got a plan...and that's definitely the sort of thing that occurs at a desk when inspired! I think the fence is just a great idea! am excited for you!

Linda Simpson said...

Hi Maggie, loving the new raised beds! I hope that when you have planted your plants etc you will photograph them again so we see them in full bloom.

I hope you get to do some crafting.

Linda xxx

butlersabroad said...

Love your desk Maggie, it's going to be fun getting out there and planting it all up to make it pretty next year. Love the idea of raised beds, especially for veg. It's nice to think about warm weather, especially as it's -13C outside right now and feels like -21C with the windchill!

Brenda 4