Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Take Me Out There, Sit In The Green Garden


I've got a to-do list as long as my arm but as long as the sun's shining I'll make every excuse in the book to stay outside and top up my tan.


There's hardly a weed to be seen amongst those blue bricks (snaffled by Jon for a pittance on eBay) . My poor nails are ruined - I know, I should wear gloves but once I get the bit between my teeth I can't tear myself away.


I loved gardening in my previous homes but this tree-filled, 110 metre long beast is a real challenge. I've learnt to ignore the rest of the wilderness and concentrate on the front bit. If you can't see it then it's not worth stressing over, is it?


We came across this box of encaustic tiles when we were rummaging around it an outhouse over the weekend. It seemed a shame to leave them festering in a damp cardboard box.


 The meat safe was left the cellar of our last house (a Victorian terrace). I painted it a few years ago but I prefer it to look a bit battered around the edges (it matches it's owner). 


The Victorian chimney pot was in the garden when we moved in, I dug up the cast iron railings a couple of years ago and the chimera was a skip find. I've more vintage enamel in my kitchen than I know what to do with so I may as well re-purpose some of it. 



I've no idea if these are weeds I've planted in the terracotta heads (bought from a seconds stall on the market over 25 years ago) - I dug them up from the patch.


The knackered old watering can was another skip find - useless for it's original purpose but too pretty to leave behind.


Jon nearly put his back out carrying this ancient Belfast sink back to the van after we spotted it at a car boot sale years ago for a fiver. I've transplanted some of the rocket and Alpine strawberries that run wild in the borders.


I'm not sure whether growing tomatoes and cucumbers alongside flowers is normal gardening etiquette but it works for me.


Those window-boxes were in an upmarket garden centre's bargain bin - The Guardian declared that brushed steel was over as a garden accessory the same week but who gives a toss about fashion if you like something (and they're £2 each?)

1960s suede waistcoat (Xmas pressie from Liz) worn with a brushed denim feather-trimmed maxi (£6.19 from eBay back in 2011), bone and turquoise wolf choker (50p, Car boot sale years ago)
Don't worry, I haven't gone all ladylike & domesticated just yet, as usual I've left Jon to cook the tea and there's a bottle of lager at my elbow.
See you soon.

67 comments:

  1. I've always wanted a Belfast/butlers sink for my garden but they don't come cheap, your's was a bargain. I also love old chimney pots and with those gorgeous tiles too your garden is my kind of garden.

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  2. I do love how yer garden grows! I also like to see someone else planting up random stuff too. I've planted an old enamel mop n'bucket' bucket with geraniums and it looks great or crap depending on your point of view!! This summer is lush, isn't it?
    So are you. Have a good one.
    Loves ya.
    xxxxxxxxx

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  3. Charlie Dimmock's got nothing on you! Love your garden and your gardening get up - you look bloomin' (groan) marvellous!

    Www.mancunianvintage.com

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  4. Love it! Your garden is quite like mine... all willy-nilly, don't give a hoot what goes with what-- its nature it all goes together! Used to grow flowers & veggies in window boxes when we lived in apartments, always got compliments, not to mention surprise at how well they grew. I think next year I'm going to move some herbs & possibly veggies into the front garden, its so wild anyway I doubt anyone would notice (thought I am going to figure a way to transplant that jasmine so it can climb up the house between the climbing roses.) Now if only the squirrels would stop eating my hazelnuts! Actually looks quite the practical gardening outfit -- denim maxi keeps you from getting all dirty and you get to look like your glamourous self! XXX

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  5. Love all the stories in your garden, Vix. It's rich with personality. Makes me miss our old cottage, where I broke many a nail digging weeds - but loved the results. xoxo

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  6. These are my favorite kind of gardens- truly full of life. I love the re-use you do- that sink full of plants, my heart goes pitter pat!

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  7. There are no rules where gardening's concerned and I love your mish mash of containers. I've planted in teapots, colanders and Belfast sinks and I've currently got a wok waiting for something suitable. I think that may be London Pride in your terracotta head, not a weed. Like you I'm going to lap up the last rays of summer sun, in my case with a Pimm's or three.
    x

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  8. Awesome tiles! I like the idea of a wild garden - when I was younger I always wanted a tree filled one to get lost in but my gran's was far too need for my imagination! :)

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  9. I am learning that to garden you just have to throwaway the guide books and do what you like, works for me. Your garden looks lovely.

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  10. I hope those lovely tiles aren't out front. Someone'll have 'em. It might be me!
    You look stunning as always. That lippy looks great with your tan. xxx

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  11. Lovely garden - I'm the same I prefer to get my hands dirty when I garden.

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  12. Such a lovely garden! I love all the garments, it's what keep it beautiful during the winter when the plants are asleep xxx

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  13. You are not battered around the edges! Silly bunny. I can't seem to make myself wear gloves either. Plus I garden barefoot. Wish I could look as chic as you while I'm crawling around on the dirt.

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  14. It annoys me that the Guardian is promoting the idea that your garden has to be in fashion too. Really Guardian? Really? Throw out your old pots and planters and buy something new just because they are "so over". I would have thought a leftie rag would know better and know that what's "so over" is consuming for the bloody sake of it. They should have been the first to be behind a garden like yours - recycled, repurposed, full of things you love and relying on creativity to pull it all together rather than blindly following what some trend guru dictates is in or out.
    Loved the garden tour! Beautiful tiles.

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  15. Oooh I think your mystery plants are London Pride - pretty pretty!!
    http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2753/

    You could always buy a big bastard bag of wildflower seeds and strew handfuls everywhere!! Or plant yourself a bamboo jungle :)

    Looking SO fine Vix - who cares about manicures.

    Those beautiful tiles would be lifted by local scrotes in short order around here ......

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  16. The most gorgeous gardening goddess around!! i love all of your hodge-podge of containers full of fabulous flowers!!! Those tiles are amazing!!! wouldn't they look lovely on top of an old table?

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  17. Your garden is an extension of your home - and your wardrobe - full of personality, bargains, quirkiness and beauty! I love seeing all your finds, those tiles, the heads, the meat safe, and the sink look fabulous, and you are wearing the perfect gardening outfit - 1970s Cher gets her nails dirty! I think gardens should be exactly what you want them to be. Plant what you like, where you like, in whatever receptacle you like, that's what I reckon!
    Enjoy your tea and your lager, love! xxxxx

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  18. It must be in the air, I've been gardening too. I want yours, SWAP ya haha xxx

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  19. I love your garden and feel lucky to have frolicked in it! I love that there is always something new to discover at your place. Old sinks and meat safes never had it so good in your garden. I must also say this is one of my favorite skirts on you! Gloves are a must for me my nails are already so weak. Enjoy the rest of your day sweetie!
    Loveyou!xxoo

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  20. Loved the look around your garden, I alawys forget to wear gardening gloves!

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  21. Ah, who doesn't love a ramshackle, higgledy piggledy garden full of lovely bits and pieces to paw and exclaim over! This is far more appealing than any fussy shite in a house and garden magazine! You, standing gloriarsely amongst it all is a total bonus! Always love that skirt, and the waistcoat is swoon-worthy!!!
    I'm crap at gardening, but G and I are getting our gander up to have a proper go at some veges this year. We've just cleared some rubbish out of the way so I can sort through my pots, too.
    I so wish I could be there having a nice G and T with you!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  22. Great garden, and grand you.
    I always keep well away from the sun.
    Victor keeps away from the rain. I think we are saturated of our counties blessings, lol
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  23. Ah, I am glad you did a garden post, I was trying to see behind you the other day (after admiring your outfit OF COURSE). The terracotta face is my favourite plant-holder. I love my garden, having a potter about in it, then drinking wine sitting on the bench... Xx

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  24. I like the unfussiness of your garden, looks like it all came together over a long period of time.
    I used to collect Victorian tiles (still have about 100) and write and lecture on them so I will echo what others have said: you've got some nice ones there (like the green tube-lined ones) and I'd be afraid that they'll get pinched.

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  25. You rule. I love this post. It all looks so good. What a great selection of interesting planters and decor you have out there.

    I'm with you about going full steam ahead without wearing gardening gloves, 'she says while looking at her finger that is quite sore from having had a rose thorn poke it over the weekend!'

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  26. Such a beautiful and creative garden. Thanks for sharing. ;)

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  27. Lovely garden: we should compare notes! We've got naked torsos in ours...

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  28. Lovely garden: we should compare notes! We've got naked torsos in ours...

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  29. I love your garden, is like a treasure hunt among the flowers!!
    I should be more organized in my little green space, but I always procrastinate, to find such lovely objects to let my plants grow is a very good tip!
    You look stunning today, I adore the skirt with the feather trim and the suede waistcoat!! I've just opened a bottle of beer so I can join you for a toast!!
    All my love xxxxxx

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  30. All this gardening deserves that lager at your elbow. Everything is looking lovely. Had to laugh about Jon nearly putting his back out--as it brought to mind a story about a cast iron bathtub we won at auction. It was truly a bargain, but a 300 lbs. I could not begin to help him load it in our truck.

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  31. I think its totally okay to mix flowers with vegetables - if stuff grows happily then let it continue. I have never really been fond of regimented gardens, although I like looking at them, its the natural ones with stuff growing in harmony that really appeal to me. I love the chimney pot and and tea pot and the terracotta heads - it looks like nature has taken over and it looks brilliant.

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  32. My parents have got a belfast sink in their garden, they got it for free as someone was getting rid of it! I love sitting out in the garden and admiring the flowers but I'm like my mum in that I have no desire to actually do any gardening myself! x

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  33. there's nothing quit like pulling weeds out with your bare hands. I always forget to put my gloves on.

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  34. I have total garden container envy!!!!
    Tomatoes, cucumbers and flowers?
    Totally normal in my book!
    So lovely!
    xo
    d

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  35. I love an auld Belfast sink and it's adorable as a planter (this isn't just pride at being from Belfast haha). The tiles are beautiful. Lovely to spend time in the garden at the minute as the seasons change xox

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  36. wonderful garden! i love the randsom-ness of it all!

    i love just planting seeds or seedlings and seeing what happens. If they grow, they grow, if not i just recycle the soil. Ive got these snapdragons that come back every year without to much effort on my half, and marigolds and parsely. My jasmine is going nutty with the warm weather and every now and then i can smell little wafts of jasmine through the door way.

    I think planting flowers with veggis is the right way to do it. Its called companion planting - the flowers distract bugs from the veggies or they attract bees or give off a smell that bugs dont like. its a very natural way of gardeing
    i love your denim skirt too!

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  37. Your garden is so lovely - I'm jealous! We have quite a large decked terrace at the back of our flat but I just haven't gotten around to doing anything with it :(

    Lxx

    http://the-sportista.blogspot.co.uk/

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  38. Veggies and flowers living happily together in our garden too and I'm still making the most of every last drop of sunshine before the heavens (supposedly) open at the weekend :(
    M x

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  39. it's a perfect garden! I like interesting gardens with touchable things, I have weeds everywhere and won't get shut because I think they are pretty- and we are growing a meadow-ette in the back for the bees and critters - you are a gardening vision of gorgeousness especially next to the mossy mushroom (love it! want one! need one!) x x

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  40. Vix, I am so glad you posted this because I was loving your garden in the last posts and wanted to see more! LOVE that waistcoat, I have been searching for a brown one myself. Your garden is so peaceful and beautiful and you look gorgeous in it. xo

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  41. I bought those terracotta heads at about the same time as you! For years they hung in the hall of wherever I was living and I used to drop spare change in them. They're currently hanging in my father's garden.

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  42. Despite growing up in an array of self sufficient hippy settings (old school bus on a hillside with goat tethered beside it etc) I am resolutely black thumbed and therefore entirely in awe of anyone who can coax green things into obedient loveliness like you!

    My one question is this - has your tortoise come out of hibernation yet? (that sounds a bit double entendre-ish, make of that what you will)

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  43. I love your garden - it is very much "you" - a creative, positive-energy place full of interesting bits and bobs! I wish I had a garden; I find it very relaxing to putter about pulling weeds (excellent job on the bricks by the way) and pruning things.

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  44. Vixcita,
    I always love your retro garden amor.terracoat head is my fave and window boxes.You looking all glam in your Maxi fab skirt and adore that suede waistcoat on you Cherita.

    Besotes

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  45. Love the garden!!! Green has such a calming effect.

    Love your skirt too!!!

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  46. I do love a show and tell. Especially when every item has a fascinating history. I think your little front garden looks delicious and actually I think you are following a long tradition by planting your vegetables next to flowers. They do it in all the big cottage gardens. I'm sure that certain plants work well together. I know marigolds keep the aphids away. You're right, no point in stressing over the rest of the garden which you can't do anything about. In any case there's beauty in the wildness of it. And you can wear a bikini without the neighbours knowing. Perfect.

    Love the outfit. You look very Cher today. Signed any autographs recently? xxxxx

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  47. Loving your garden and all your wonderful treasures. I adore the tiles.

    Your outfit (as always) is amazing and you look gorgeous!

    Cucumbers and tomatoes among the flowers is indeed fine.
    Happy gardening xx

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  48. I garden the same way, if it's no longer of use in the house do something with it outside!

    Those aren't weeds by the way, it's London Pride.

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  49. Those tiles you found are so pretty and your garden looks fantastic!! it's hard to believe summer is going away and winter is coming...keep the tan as long as you can :) Love Heather

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  50. Vix your the best, I have not commented in a long time moving to another province,new job etc..but I still read your blog everyday!

    I re read your posts about living your life for you, i find them inspirational.

    michelle

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  51. your garden is like a little Wonderland! The only thing I've ever grown successfully was cilantro... er well I mean we planted it, forgot about it, when to NY and when we got back it was all over the place, green , lush and pretty. As soon a I looked at it... it died.

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  52. Hi Vix love your style and philosophy! Your garden looks gorgeous, I'm afraid our blue bricks have plenty of grass and weeds growing through, i blame the bird seed ! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, i shall look out for you in the neighbourhood toni x

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  53. What a gorgeous garden you've made, well done sweetie! You look like a beautiful Pocahuntus in amongst all the loveliness. I'm impressed by the cucumbers and tomatoes growing in that basin, the tiles are a great idea and I bet those wild strawberries were delicious this summer, we found lots self seeded and happily running amok in our garden.

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  54. Your garden is as beautiful as your soul, dear Vix!!! thanks for sharing it with us. of course i LOVE your outfit and that skirt needs to visit my closet, hahaha. much love, always!

    http://bohemiansbanquet.blogspot.com/

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  55. Love and ecclectic garden - very you! Great finds and great combinations of style -

    That maxi skirt is a marvel -

    Hugs

    Ariane xo

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  56. This is such a great post and I remember that one you did about painting the meat locker - I think it's original and cool! I don't blame you about the sun either, it's too nice not to spend time in it. - Tasha xxx

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  57. I really love those tiles, they're just gorgeous, can't believe you had them hidden away all that time. The watering can is great and free too, like the chimera, which makes it even better. The garden's looking great, that cucumber doesn't look any bigger though! Looking rather ladylike, but you always do, whether you think so or not xxx

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  58. I love this post I love to see people's homes and gardens. Looks lovely x

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  59. Your garden is amazing...so interesting!

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  60. Lovely, lovely. I am obsessed with the choker necklace you are wearing in the first pic.

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  61. Terrific looking garden, every bit as stylish as you my dear! Love encaustic tiles, always wanted to collect enough to have that hippy dream of an art nouveau tiled wall behind the cooker. Minerva x

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  62. Gardens have "fashions" who knew? Not me! I think your garden looks just lovely Vix - I always love your home/garden posts, you have the most amazing home!

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  63. Pat's the gardener in our house so I'm very envious of your gardening skills Vix, and how good you look while doing it. Those tiles are beautiful, I love all your pots and plants, and how it looks natural rather than regimented. I'd love to have more flowers in our garden, Pat's more into growing veggies and Penny the bunny eats everything in sight, so it's lovely to see all the colour in your garden, as others have said, it's a beautiful reflection of you! xx

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  64. you have a lovely garden! I really hope that one day i'll catch the gardening bug - not just yet I'm afraid, we have a garden now bit it's definitely a chore for me! Also: lovely skirt!

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  65. You are a vision in red and blue - I LOVE that skirt so much! You beautiful garden is wonderful and I am following your lead - using found or super cheap items to plant and repurpose... it's slow and steady but such fun! I'm looking forward to planting out some beautiful flowers - yours are just gorgeous and I LOVE the beautiful tiles.

    Love you more than SUMMER! Sarah xxx

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