My gardening year

I wanted to document my gardening year. It’s a little late in the year for this post I know. I normally write up a post at the beginning of summer, but the year has flown by and here we are, already into October.

I can’t believe I have been living in the house for nearly four years. Originally, the garden was a general two slabs of lawn with a concrete path running through the middle.

It’s a small garden, completely decked now with just potted plants that I have nurtured, grown on and loved these last few years. This year I wanted to add some new additions to the garden. So here is the update.

My gardening year still has a couple of outfit shots that I want to share with you

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a regular post without an outfit or two would it? The dress above has to be one of my most worn during this summer. I only recently realised that it hasn’t been featured here on the blog yet. I’ve been seen wearing it loads on my YouTube channel and socials.

This broderie anglais dress is from Damart. It is a beautiful dress that ticks all the boxes for me. Shirt dress design ( my favourite ) that is feminine but not too frilly for my age bracket. A tie belt and three-quarter sleeves.

The dress is on sale now, I’m pretty sure, but that’s what I like about this classic style of dress. It will never date and I will enjoy wearing it for years to come

This gardening year I fell in love with Cosmos

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This is the first year that I bought Cosmos. Yes, even I’m wondering why not! These beautiful delicate flowers brought me a lot of joy and I will have them again, even more of than this year.

I love having my morning cuppa in the garden, deadheading any plants that need it and I find this so therapeutic. I kept the Cosmos going by religiously deadheading them, they are still making an appearance now in our mild October temperatures.

I concentrated on lighting in the garden

I wanted to light the garden a little in the evenings. We’ve had many BBQs or family roast dinners in the garden this year that have carried on into the late evening. These lights were gifted to me along with some beautiful solar fairy lights for my large Olive tree from Lights For Fun. I recommend that you pop over to see what Lights For Fun has to offer, especially with Christmas coming up.

I tried to get a photo of the fairy lights in the evening time but I found it difficult! They look so lovely as well. I’m really pleased with them.

I had some birthday money burning a hole in my pocket and I decided to buy a solar-powered umbrella. I call it my flying saucer! I found the umbrella in The Range (now on sale ) and it covers all of the seating area. I wanted a large umbrella so that I could sit out in the garden and edit on my laptop. It has made a huge difference for that, plus the extra lighting for when friends or family are visiting.

I repotted two huge plant pots and found an ant nest!

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I have two of these tall planters on either end of the garden sofa, they did have small olive trees in them, one that I thought looked unwell.

I also decided that I wanted to change these planters for potting up seasonal flowers, pots that I could change on a whim if you like. When I took out one of the olive trees I discovered an ant nest, eggs, the full works! No wonder the olive tree didn’t look well.

I left the tree alone, laying on the decking for a couple of days and all the ants dispersed thank goodness. the olive tree, re-planted looks a lot happier too.

I have a discount code for Cyberjammies!

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I’ve enjoyed wearing my Cyberjammies all through the summer. I shared my pyjamas with you earlier in the year, but not this gorgeous dressing gown. I’ve just ordered a couple of pairs of Cyberjammies for the winter so that I’m ready for those cosy nights in and I thought I’d remind you of the discount code that I have running constantly. So, if you want to buy later, come back to this post and the discount will still be here.

Get 10% off any Cyberjammies order with the code VANITY_AND_ME

I had a little play with tablescaping

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I collected some bits and pieces for tablescaping. Nothing too elaborate and done on the cheap. I bought cushions and a tablecloth from H&M. Napkins from TK Maxx and the little set of three vases and placemats from Amazon. The cushion covers were £9.99 an absolute bargain! I also purchased some cushion pads from Dunelm at a good price too. I’m pleased with my first result and I look forward to collecting different themes for the table.

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Before I go, please let me know what your favourite annual plants/flowers are. I need some ideas for next year!

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  1. October 16, 2023 / 8:11 pm

    The garden is looking lovely and very inviting and relaxing. I love the colour cosmos brings into the garden later in the year.
    Thanks for joining in with #pocolo

  2. October 15, 2023 / 6:45 pm

    Your garden looks such a pretty haven. Love the tablescaping. My go-to annual is nigella ‘ love in a mist.” You could still sow seeds now, anywhere in the garden, and the little plants will survive winter and then grow fast in spring x

  3. October 12, 2023 / 1:35 am

    Ooo love this!!


  4. October 12, 2023 / 1:33 am

    Oh wow this is so impressive such a lovely garden.


  5. Sara Grant
    October 6, 2023 / 10:43 pm

    I am just in (ready for a shower) from planting my perennial cutting garden. I love yellows and purples/lavender colors. I got 3 pincushion plants (Giga) which is next to a soft yellow echinacea called summer solstace and a Veronica called Eveline. They would look nice with some burgundy trailing foliage (sedum?) in a pot.

    • laurie
      October 9, 2023 / 5:08 pm

      Hi Sara
      Thanks for mentioning this. I will look up the pin cushion plants. They sound interesting. I like your colour ideas too xx

  6. October 6, 2023 / 7:02 pm

    What a lovely outdoor space you have created. Beautiful plants and flowers Laurie.

    • laurie
      October 9, 2023 / 5:10 pm

      Thanks Hilda. It’s a small but perfectly formed garden. I love it because its not too much hard work. I have a small greenhouse on my wish list! xx

  7. October 6, 2023 / 8:39 am

    Laurie, your garden is beautiful 🙂 Love your white dress too.

    • laurie
      October 9, 2023 / 5:10 pm

      Thanks Claire. It’s taken time to get it the way I want but worth the effort xx

  8. October 4, 2023 / 3:50 pm

    What a lovely cozy place to spend summer evenings in Laurie. I love to sit in our garden and have bbq s with friends and family.

    • laurie
      October 9, 2023 / 5:12 pm

      Hi Nancy. Thank you. It’s a lovely sociable garden. I’ve entertained a lot this past summer. So much better than going out! xx

  9. October 4, 2023 / 3:06 pm

    Oh Laurie what a lovely post. Your garden looks amazing and I have to admit to being a tad jealous! My garden is very basic – grass and a little seating area where I’ve got some lovely rattan furniture, but it’s not in the best area, and my potted plants look nearly dead. We’ve got the new build going on, so basically that’s what I’m blaming it on! Hope to have a garden as nice as yours one day. Xx oh and my favourite plants are fuschia and also I like the agapanthus! Love Jacqui x

    • laurie
      October 9, 2023 / 5:12 pm

      You Have a lot going on Jacqui and I’m sure the new house will have a lovely garden. Start planning! Thank you xx

  10. October 4, 2023 / 1:19 pm

    I love impatiens, hydrageas, and echninacea in the garden. I probably mispelled all of it. lol.

    • laurie
      October 9, 2023 / 5:15 pm

      I love Imapatiens too.And this is the first year I didn’t have any. I don’t know why! I’m hoping to get a greenhouse soo, so I will look forward to capturing their seeds next year Linda xx