Monday 16 May 2011


The last few weeks have flown by, what with Easter, colds, numerous Bank Holidays (thankyou Catherine and William!), more colds and lack of energy, blogging seems to have taken a backseat.

Here in England we had the hottest April and early May since records began, hardly any rain(very unusual for us!). The Spring flowers just seem a distant memory now, the daffs are now just sad and make the garden look so untidy. The tulips have gone too and all the usual summer flowers are already blooming. I dont usually do my Summer pots until mid May but everything has been so early that they have been planted up a few weeks now!    

I planted up this old Belfast sink with summer flowering pansies, pastel blues and yellows, so pretty! The sink itself was a real bargain, bought locally from a lady who was renovating her house, I don't think I would have got rid of this sink though!

I love planting up unusual containers, in the past have used old watering cans, wire baskets and old teapots!

I picked up this 1950's dolls pram at a local antique and craft shop, it just screamed out to me..."Take me home!!" I did! It is so like the pram I had as a little girl. I remember looking through the toy shop window in the small town I grew up in and wishing it was mine. Then HORROR!!! One day the pram had gone and  I was devastated!  A few weeks later on Christmas morning...yes my beautiful pram! My Mum had put the pram on layaway, she was obviously stronger than me because I don't think I could have let my daughter be so devastated! I am just too soft!! That was a wonderful Christmas!

These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago and the flowers have really bloomed madly. This year I am favouring blues and yellows together and also different shades of pink. I am eagerly awaiting my peonies to bloom, there are lots of buds so can't wait to see them in all their glory!
My daughter and I are still very busy organising her Reception at the end of July(so close now!). Our little Granddaughter had her fitting for her dress last week and she was amazing, holding her arms out straight like an aeroplane when told to so she could be measured! Obviously she is just like her Mummy!

I am currently reading the Kate McCann book about the abduction of her little daughter Madeleine four years ago in Portugal. I can only imagine how devastating and hopeless this must be for the McCanns. Could I just ask everyone going abroad on holiday this Summer to be aware and keep looking for this precious little girl.


Anonymous –   – (16 May 2011 at 13:04)  

Welcome back.
Beautiful flowers and gardens.
I wish you a pleasant Monday.

Cass @ That Old House  – (16 May 2011 at 14:35)  

Dear Annemarie, Thank you for visiting That Old House, and YES we have loads of rain this time of year in New Jersey. Right now as I sit at my computer I am nearly deafened by a downpour hitting the glass ceiling of the sunroom. People in glass houses cannot hear themselves think in a heavy downpour. :-)

I can't imagine an English spring without enough rain; the amazing green of England is one of the things that is so enchanting about your lovely part of the world. Last week we had a long string of perfectly perfect days -- sunny and warm; this week we pay the price with wet weather, but it's needed. We do love the fresh growth on all the plants, don't we?

I wish you just enough rain to make your plants grow, and keep England green! I love your planted pram, or baby carriage as we say. It's nearly identical to one I had as a child, only mine was dark navy blue, also a Christmas gift with a lovely baby doll. I adored that coach . . . but when I was a teenager my mother gave it away! I never quite forgave her, I'm afraid.
Have a lovely day! Cass

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME  – (16 May 2011 at 14:50)  

Your flowers in the pram are adorable. I love the look of it! Have a lovely week!

Susan  – (16 May 2011 at 16:12)  

Hello Annemarie...Lovely, lovely pansies. They are so generous with their little faces, aren't they? So nice of you to share. Take care and have a wonderful day. By the way, thank you SO MUCH for ll y our visits and comments to my blog. Susan

Pam Traskos  – (16 May 2011 at 17:35)  

Hi Annemarie, Love your pansies, they remind me of little children in the garden!
Your pram is just adorable, love this idea! Hope you have some nice spring weather headed your way. Thanks for visiting, will be posting more pictures now that I'm mastering all this. Have a beautiful week!

Ana  – (17 May 2011 at 00:34)  

Hi Annemarie,
I just love the idea of using the pram as a pot stand. It looks lovely in your garden. And the pansies look very pretty in the old sink. Great ideas. Have a wonderful new week.

Hugs and Kisses,

From Beyond My Kitchen Window  – (17 May 2011 at 01:37)  

What a neat idea to use the pram for a planter. We have an old steel wheel barrel that we plant flowers in and everyone always comments on it. Have a wonderful week!

Shug  – (17 May 2011 at 03:29)  

Good evening! I'm late reading today...Love, love love all your cute containers...I think the container is just as important as the flowers...They make for great conversation pieces...Well done!

Melinda  – (17 May 2011 at 04:53)  

Good to see you. Sounds like you have been busy!
Hope your May has been cooler.
Love the flowers, I too like to plant in unusual containers.

Have a good one!


Denise  – (17 May 2011 at 14:12)  

Enjoyed your lovely post.Your garden must bring you joy.God Bless. Denise

Denise  – (17 May 2011 at 14:14)  

Oh yes,One more thing-I adore your header photos.

Carly  – (18 May 2011 at 14:23)  

That is so sweet and funny about Nanny, you definitely could not have let me think it had sold, not for a second! xxx

Denise  – (18 May 2011 at 20:35)  

I am your new follower I visited your cottage yesterday and today and loved my stay.Looking forward to getting to know you better.Feel free to visit me any time, if you feel like it stay and follow.By the way,After my last post I lost one follower-I think they thought that was a real photo of my husband heehee,it's so not like him!Maybe I should repost real fast TeeHee

Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography  – (19 May 2011 at 15:44)  

Hello Annemarie!
OH goodness I love your sink and your pram...what wonderful ways to display your plants! I can't believe that lady replaced this old's perfect. What a sad/happy story about the pram your Mum bought you...I can just imagine how happy you were on Christmas morning. I remember the McCann's...such a sad thing to happen. Who would ever expect their children to come up missing on a holiday! My heart goes out to seems we forget about these things when they're not in the public eye. Great advice to families just never know who's out there even in paradise. I think you got our beautiful spring weather this's been a terrible spring here in Kansas with hardly any rain and cool temperatures. I'm usually living in shorts come April but not this year. Enjoy it while you have it! I hope you're having a wonderful Thursday.
Maura :)

Unknown  – (19 May 2011 at 23:44)  

Hello Annemarie,
Oh, I just love your container gardens! They are charming...Thank you for your recent visit to Dandelion House...I'm your newest follower. Your blog is lovely! I'll be back...
Happy Gardening,
Deborah Jean

sweetvintageofmine  – (28 April 2013 at 15:08)  

I love to see how people pot their flowers! Yours is darling....gardening is such a beautiful thing to do! It grabs my heart....Blessings, have a wonderful week~~~Roxie

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