January 27, 2011

22 Pictures of English Vegetable Garden

Touring other gardens inspires me doing new things in our own garden. As the spring is just around the corner, I’ve decided to share with you some pictures taken in UK last spring.
Those were taken at Hampton Court.
Pay attention to space planning, combination of fruit trees and vegetable raised beds, creative and inexpensive labeling and pea support.
There is one amazing thing, that I’d like you to have closer look. This is a clipped low hedge. It's made of lavender! Absolutely beautiful idea on how to combine beauty and utility. Lavender is evergreen and if clipped properly looks beautiful all year round.
This 22 vegetable garden pictures is the careful hand selection of big batch of photographs I have taken during that tour.
What I also like is that they are taken before vegetables are grown - it gives the chance to feel the bone structure of this garden.
So, pay attention to how structurally planning is done. Look at the beauty of details and how beautifully the thick wood of raised beds is aging.
If you are planning spruce up your garden this spring I believe this vegetable garden pictures will help you to get some new ideas.

Look at these lavender hedges - borders look neat and there is enough space to grow herbs and vegetables. As I remember all vegetables in this garden are grown organic.
Pots with tulips add rythm to the landscape.

Mulched space around the beds. In our gardens plan more narrow paths unless you expect crowds of visitors :) 

See the beauty of old wood?

Apple tree trained.

Cute ideas for supporting plants - use twiggs from your own garden.

Pea trellises made of recycled twiggs which you can also find in your garden..

This small supporting constructions are made for Asperula odorata - perennial which dried foliage is fragrant and has been used to flavor wines.

Different example on how to label your plants.

Another home-made label idea.

Symmetry in planting adds visual beauty.

Guess what is grown here in these baskets? Potatoes.

And the last idea is small bags which suite as herb pots.

I hope this selection of vegetable garden pictures give you some inspiration.

I would love to recommend you further reading The Vegetable Gardener's Bible (yes, this is an affiliate link, if you like my content, why not to click my affliate links? it would be nice "thank you for your work"). 

If you would like to improve your garden to a beautiful paradise, let me help you to design it. We can work online. Contact me at ewamariasz [at] gmail [dot] com.

Happy Gardening!


January 15, 2011

Zaluzianskya ovata - stone garden surprise

Zaluzianskya ovata - named after Adam Zaluziansky von Zaluzian, a 16th-century Bohemian botanist.This sweet, compact growing and FRAGRANT plant is a frost tender perennial, great for stone gardens. Click here to find more tips how to grow it.
I'd like to clear that Adam Zaluziansky von Zaluzian was NOT Polish, as I may read in some websites. He was born in Hradiszcze Mnichowo (Czech), living in Prague, which is also Czech. In 1593 he became a rector of University in Prague, but after getting married one year later, he had to resign, because at those times rectors had to live in celibacy. Adam Zaluziansky (Adam Załużański) was the first one, who suggested to separate medicine from botany.

January 13, 2011

How to make pretty bird food?

Pretty bird food is home-made. I made it last week and tomorrow it goes out. I recycled 4 plastic bottles - cut the bottoms. Then I filled it with seeds and poured melted lard.      

If you live in zones 4-6 and in the winter you start feeding birds in your garden, don't stop it. Do it as regular as you can. Birds get used to the food you provide - it becomes an important place in their winter life. If you stop feeding, they wait for your food and sometimes they may die while waiting too long and getting what they need to survive.
Pretty bird food is not only pretty, but also yummie!

January 11, 2011

Colorful - if you miss colors

Actually it's a visual reminder to make my vegetable garden plan 2011 considering crop rotation (here is 2010 plan). What is yours?

January 9, 2011

Message from Elizabeth Gilbert - creativity divine

For every writer, for every creative person - a must see video:

January 6, 2011

Firefighters rescue baby deer

This happened recently in Poland at Baltic Sea. Firefighters rescue sweet baby deer stranded on drifting ice. Good job!

January 1, 2011

HGTV Dream Home 2011 Contest Announced

HGTV Dream Home 2011 Contest Announced information has been released with this year's home located in Stowe, Vermont. The fabulous home has an estimated worth of $1.5 million and is the latest in the HGTV dream home giveaways.

The newest HGTV dream home 2011 contest announcement information has been released with this year's home located in Stowe, Vermont.  The fabulous home has an estimated worth of $1.5 million and is the latest in the HGTV dream home giveaways.

Amazing views of Mount Mansfield await the winner of the contest for the two story home.  The contest entry ending date is February 18, 2011 at 5 PM EST.

Also with the home is a brand new GMC Acadia Denali for the winner along with $500,000 cash.

The home was built with plants, tree and stones taken from the local area to complete the look of the house.  An outdoor dining area allows guests to dine with spectacular views.

A lower level of the home boasts a hot tub and patio with soaring views of the area.