The loop and bar garden

Welcome to the Loop and bar garden! Along with Crochet, knitting and sewing I also absolutely love to garden! So, for those of you who love gardening too, and are interested in seeing what’s going on in my patch, here’s my garden diary. It will mostly be a visual diary, mainly pictures and maybe a few words, as the Loop and bar blog is really all about the yarn, but I just wanted to give a little space to something else I love!

A bit about the garden……
It’s in Snowdonia, for a start. On a dairy farm at about seven hundred and fifty feet above sea level. This means that it can take a little longer for the garden to warm up in the spring, which means that spring arrives about a month later than in the nearest village, where I work! The up- side to this is that, for me, spring time lasts longer :)
I share the garden with three chickens – Mable, Miriam and Rose, two gold fish, my dog Charlie (she’s a girl) and a very frequent flow of spectators walking past on their way to milking- four hundred and fifty of them to be exact! The cows are very curious and like to stop at the fence and inspect any developments taking place in the veg patch, and to stare at Charlie who can mostly be found rolling around on the grass!

I love to grow all sorts – flowers, a few veg, I love growing stuff up walls and over things and I have a greenhouse where my fig plant lives. I’m no expert gardener. I’m a potterer. A tryer-outer. A plonk it in the ground and hope for the bester! It’s my third year living here and pottering around in this huge garden and I’m learning to be patient and trying not to do too much at a time. It doesn’t always work, I’m frequently guilty of starting many things before finishing others, much like with my crocheting and knitting! But a gardening job is never finished, is it? So I’ll keep planting, training, weeding, chopping, and maybe just sowing a few more seeds here and there and see what happens :)

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So from now on I’ll just add pictures to this post, as one continuous entry, although they may not always appear in chronological order…all you have to do is just scroll down to take a look!

Late July 2015

Beautiful colour from the Yarrow.

Beautiful colour from the Yarrow.

The Rudbekia have started to flower

The Rudbekia have started to flower

Harebells?

Harebells?

I've wanted Heleniums for so long :)

I’ve wanted Heleniums for so long :)

Mid July 2015

I love the beautiful colour and detail in this Astrantia

I love the beautiful colour and detail in this Astrantia

The Rudbekia are getting ready to flower :)

The Rudbekia are getting ready to flower :)

Some beautiful colours in the Achillia, love those creamy pinks

Some beautiful colours in the Achillia, I just love all those vibrant shades of pink

The vegetable trough is going crazy!

The vegetable trough is going crazy!

Not sure what flower this is....need to do some detective work

I’m not sure what flower this is but I think it is so lovely….I need to do some detective work

Cosmos are about to burst into flower - exciting!

The cosmos are about to burst into flower – exciting!

A pop of colour

A pop of colour

gorgeous luminous blue

gorgeous luminous blue

A golden courgette emerging!

Golden courgettes emerging!

Penstemons and something esle I've forgoton the full name of.....Macedonia Melting something, I think!

Penstemons and something esle I’ve forgoton the full name of…..Macedonia Melting something, I think!

Night scented stock - I'd love a whole flower bed of this, imagine the scent in the evening!

Night scented stock – I’d love a whole flower bed of this, imagine the scent in the evening!

June 2015

Things have been a bit slow to grow on the veg patch – I need to improve the soil and create some more shelter from the wind I think…….and I’ve sadly had to abandon the tomatoes again this year due to a second year of blight. Am I ever going to grow my own tomatoes?! But the flower beds look good, and so does the mini pond I made out of a big trug bucket! We’ve enjoyed the warmth and the sun and the scent from the first roses :) Here are a few pics for June…….

This is the first yellow ladybird I've ever seen!

This is the first yellow ladybird I’ve ever seen!

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Can't wait fir this to ripen - the chickens stole the first one!

Can’t wait fir this to ripen – the chickens stole the first one!

My first 'pond' flower :)

My first ‘pond’ flower :) Can you spot it?

The first rose on this tea rose bush

The first rose on this tea rose bush

Beautiful colours on the Verbascum. One of my favourites this month

Beautiful colours on the Verbascum. One of my favourites this month

The lupin garden is coming on

The lupin garden is coming on

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The lupins give off the most lovely peppery scent!

I love this lemon coloured aquilegea

I love this lemon coloured aquilegea

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The herb trough has gone a bit mental! Wish I could say the same for the veg patch!

The herb trough has gone a bit mental! Wish I could say the same for the veg patch!

Despite the ever encroaching jungle from one half of the (temporarily abandoned) veg patch.....

Despite the ever encroaching jungle from one half of the (temporarily abandoned) veg patch…..

....A few things are starting to grow!

….A few things are starting to grow on the other half

At least the beans look quite happy!

At least the beans look quite happy!

....and the blackcurrant

….and the blackcurrant

The stone wall is filling out slowly

The stone wall is filling out slowly

...and the chickens are ever-helpful!

…and the chickens are ever-helpful!

Love these little fellas :)

Love these little fellas :)

Really pleased with my 'doorstep' garden - the sedum is flowering which I didn't know they did! It looks so beautiful

Really pleased with my ‘doorstep’ garden – the sedum is flowering which I didn’t know they did! It looks so beautiful

31st May 2015

Allium - just flowering

Allium – just flowering

Peas in the greenhouse

Peas in the greenhouse

March/April 2015

Spirea, March or April

Spirea, March or April

Tulip in April

Tulip in April

I found an old water trough on the farm and made it into a planter!

I found an old water trough on the farm and made it into a planter!

A mix of flowers, herbs and veg :)

A mix of flowers, herbs and veg :)

Here are the girls, walking past the garden on their way to be milked....they're all looking at Charlie who is rolling in the grass!

Here are the girls, walking past the garden on their way to be milked….they’re all looking at Charlie who is rolling in the grass!