This is where Peckingham Palace has been whilst we were away. Doesn't it look a mess - especially as the chooks are moulting too!
Dolly has turned broody whilst we were away, and was sound asleep in her box.
I moved her all around the garden and she didn't wake up!
Now that I have mown the lawn a couple of times, it doesn't look too bad does it - and it soon recovers. There is a patch to the left where the chooks home and run was on the grass for 10 days, and it's almost back to normal after a week!
Peckingham Palace all washed and filled with a deep bed of Hemcore
Chooks rushed in to scratch around - and even Dolly deemed to join in!
A few photos around the garden. The sage bush has flopped over with all the rain, but it's a magnet for the bees at the moment so I won't trim it back yet.
The early flowering pink lupins have gone to seed - I'll let them ripen and save the seeds.
The delphiniums are just coming into flower so look stunning
The fruit cage has 'gone wild' in a week too.
The rose and honeysuckle smell divine!
The woodland bed in front of my studio is bursting with colour too.
The clematis flowers are bigger than dinner plates, and the roses are just heavenly - again perfumed.
We raided the salad bed before we went away, but it's still packed with goodies!
The alstromerias have taken a battering with the high winds and rain - but still flowering - and they compliment the purple rose which has velvet leaves and the most heavenly perfume - it's called
In the late summer of last year I created a flower bed around the garden room called 'Kath's Garden' named after a very dear friend of mine.
In the winter the penstemons flowered - even with the snow!
And spring time it was as so pretty with the bulbs, and alpines
Now the lavender is in bloom, the penstemons are flowering again after I prumed them, pretty annuals are emerging, and lots of summer surprises.
This view fills me with joy every morning as it's outside my back door and garden room doors, and the lavender aroma is my absolute favourite of all the summer blooms.
I've not had a chance to get up the allotment - tomorrow hopefully.