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Monday, 29 July 2013

30 Day Blog Challenge Begins -

Welcome to all my existing readers and all my new readers!

Today marks the start of my 30 day blog challenge where each day I will write a blog and publish it. For all my existing readers this will be quite a change as presently I get one maybe two blogs out a month!

Things need to change and in order to do so I'm taking part in this challenge. You will see my posts get shorter but more regular. I'm hoping that over the next month I succeed and hopefully get more out of my blogging not only in terms of rankings and number of readers but for my own crafty development with my projects.

Day 1- I Am Turning Into a Wannabe Gardener.......or so I'd like to think.........

Gardening has never interested me, never but something happened this summer and I don't know what, or how.

Maybe it was the lovely weather making me want to pretty up my garden so I could look out in hope instead of despair?

Maybe it was from seeing how pretty David's parents garden looks?

Maybe it was from aimlessly walking around B&Q thinking the dangerous thoughts "I could do that!"

Whatever it was its hit me hard but with a not so great track record of looking after houseplants I was concerned. I decided not to spend too much but I always either bought too many plants than I had pots or vice versa. I started toI fritter away my money..... 

20 violas, 1 dahlia, 1 verbena, 2 double bergonias, petunias, nemesias, soil, bonemeal.... the list goes on! Not to forget the parsley, chives, basil, cress, beetroot, pansies........ STOP STOP!!!! I've not even bought my Gardening For Dummies book yet!

Next I'll be getting the pop up greenhouse, it's only about £30 from Argos, not that I've been looking.... 

The flowers have taken over my step!

Pretty pinks, purples and whites


Petunias and nemesis


Violas of all different patterns and colours

Flowers look great in a wooden barrel

A lone viola bathing in the sun

Growing some herbs, they are starting to come through! 

Basil, chives and a little parsley! 

21 comments:

  1. Lovely flowers Camilla, keep it up. My dad loves to work on the yard as well but mostly vegetables and fruit trees. Flowers always brighten up the yard and my day as well :)

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    1. Thanks Ruby, my garden needs alot of weeding before I can grow any flowers in it so I'll stick to my pots for now. Would love a little veg patch :)

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  2. Love your flowers. I have given up on growing things (at least for the moment) as the weeds take over anything and my pots which looked gorgeous at the beginning of July have shrivelled in the heat. Mind seeing your cheery step might just make me get some mpre flowers and sheer op my step once more.

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    1. Go for it hannelore! Nothing beats looking out to some pretty flower pots!!

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  3. Looks lovely.... You could always sneak in some ornamental cabbage and sweet peas.... bonny and edible! Now I challenge you for winter time, some hanging baskets with winter colour!!

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    1. Loving your ideas Carol Anne!!!! Watch this space :)

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  4. Oh, they're beautiful! I love gardening AND flowers. It's so awesome you gave into the "urge" to make your spot in the world more beautiful. Good luck with future gardening and the blog challenge.

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    1. Thanks Dale I think the bug is taking over!

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  5. They look pretty so far! I'm hopeful we'll see even more beauty by the end of August :)

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    1. Thanks liz, I'm particularly excited about my mini beets!

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  6. Oh, I'm in love with your garden! These are heavenly and I can only imagine the beautiful aroma.... just lovely!

    Best wishes with your blogging this month :)

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    1. Thanks Susan, unfortunately the rest of the garden is a mess! Hopefully over time it'll develop and I'll have a little patch of garden heaven!

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  7. Gorgeous pics!!!
    Good luck with the challenge :)

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    1. Thanks Rachael!!! Good luck to you too :)

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  8. HI Camilla,
    It appears that you are being very successful at your gardening. I am sure you will be equally successful at your blogging blitz. See you along the way.

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    1. Thanks princess looking forward to the challenge!!!

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  9. Lovely flowers. I'd love to see them again at the end of the 30 day challenge to see how they've changed. I've been wanting to grow some herbs, but haven't had the motivation.

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    1. What a great idea keri, I'll do that!!!! My herbs were grown from a kit for kids from a local diy store. Very easy and a great introduction for beginners like myself!!!

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  10. You have beautiful flowwers. I am a wantabe gardener too. This year I am trying to grow many kinds of herbs and peppermints.

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    1. Hi Debbie would love to see some photos!! :)

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  11. I always enjoy reading your blog! I've started getting green fingers too, though mainly for herbs etc as I didn't have a garden.
    Until this week...

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