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The polytunnel is ticking over nicely.

Mr Six still lives in hope of regaining the kitchen table, because as seedlings were moved out into bigger pots and into the polytunnel, I ended up planting more seeds. Because, well, I’m impatient.

Not all the seeds are for food. There are flowers too.

I’m no designer. I have no flair for art. I’m not great at interior design. I know what I like and I know what I want.

Munchkin and I drew out a little idea. Admittedly, it’s not much. But in my head, it looks lush. The colours. The fragrances. The different areas representing things that matter to us.


Leaving our kitchen, leads you on to a patio and a stoned area by the shed. Last year, I painted the shed green to help blend it in a little and this year I want to plant anemones in tubs just in front for a burst of colour. The polytunnel sits behind the shed on a patch of ground that has been a real issue for the last few years as we didn’t know what to do with it.

Then there is the butterfly garden. This is what kicked off the entire project last year – Munchkin’s nasturtium seed from Bodnant Garden. I bought tropical buddleia last year and now I have lots of Lilliput Zinnia seedlings to put in here, along with lavender.

Across the back of the garden I want lots of different purple and white flowers, some tall climbers, some groundcover and everything in between.

Around the old pond I envisage lots of red plants; geum, ladybird poppies, geranium (my grandad loved geranium) and Maltese cross. My dad was a lifelong LFC supporter so a sea of  red flowers seemed entirely appropriate.

There is an existing fuchsia nearby and we have bought another to compliment it.

The plan is to pot on my claret sunflower seedlings in troughs along the hedge and to create a flower bed to house the pots and plants we brought from my mother-in-law’s house.

There is a lot of work to be done but I’m excited to see where it takes us.