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My Kew Gardens

Finally, a weekend at home in Kew!

As I said in my last post, life has been pretty hectic recently and I didn’t realise how much I was running myself in to the ground. So, this weekend I treated myself to a lazy one at home catching up with Alex, pottering around the house and sprucing up the garden, ready for entertain this summer.

We are so lucky to have a little bit of outside space. As a self-confessed country bumpkin I think I would go mad if I didn’t have my own little garden to tend to, somewhere we can sit outside with a cup of tea and enjoy the sunshine.

We moved in this time last year and the garden was a blank canvas. Luckily we have a lovely land lady who said we could do what we like as long as we don’t touch the beautiful Magnolia bush. Of course we didn’t, it’s gorgeous and smells amazing!

Last summer was spent pulling out weeds, clipping back the unruly Clematis (which Alex subsequently killed…) and getting the soil ready for planting. We filled the borders with clippings from my parents garden back in Suffolk, as well as a little Passion Flower, which has now grown so big it takes up the whole of one side of the garden! Which is exactly what I wanted to happen.

After a winter of neglect the garden is slowly starting to come alive again. The Clematis is budding (on the bit Alex didn’t kill), the Magnolia still has a few last blossom flowers and my gorgeous Peony which I was sure had died, is coming back to life. I got her from The Walled Garden in Saxmundam (Suffolk) and picked her purely for her name…Shirley Temple! When she blooms she’ll be the most beautiful delicate light pink colour.