Summer. This Time Without The Hissy Fit

28 May

Sorry about yesterday!  A full weekend, a lot of sun, a thumping headache and a faulty WordPress led to my little tantrum.  Having slept on it, it occurred to me this morning that the photos were probably still in my media file; and they were.

I was going to give you a gallery but I didn’t want to fiddle about too much and lose things again, so you have to scroll down instead.  It still took me an hour to compile this.  But I’m in control of myself…really…I’m not secretly sticking pins into WordPress dolls or chanting around a cauldron…honest…

 Remember my enthusiasm for cycling…?

Not the new XFactor judges...the bins are flattening the grass to make it short enough to mow

Not the new X Factor judges all in a row…the bins are flattening the grass to make it short enough to mow

The dogs give new meaning to the word ‘weed’

I would be embarrassed but the weather has been so bad, we haven’t been in our garden since last September, so I didn’t notice what a mess it was.

Green shed from Freecycle; old shed from B&Q 15 years ago; dead plants from the Hub’s vegetable-growing period, in which we got one minute carrot and three tiny radishes, after an outlay of at least £70…gardening is not our area of expertise.

How will I get the lawnmower in this?!

Now for a spring cleaning miracle:

Did I work hard or what?


65 Responses to “Summer. This Time Without The Hissy Fit”

  1. adinparadise May 28, 2012 at 11:06 #

    Well done, Tilly. 😉


  2. judithatwood May 28, 2012 at 11:34 #

    Oh, Tilly B., your garden looks lovely! What a lot of work you did! Good for you. I can’t imagine what is up with WP — I’m sorry you’re finding out, whatever it is!


    • Tilly Bud May 28, 2012 at 11:36 #

      I think ‘lovely’ might be stretching it, but I’ll accept ‘tidy’ 🙂


      • judithatwood May 28, 2012 at 11:47 #

        Compared to the “garden” I kept when I was last living in a house, yours is definitely lovely! 😎


  3. creatingreciprocity May 28, 2012 at 11:35 #

    Please come and tidy my garden…


  4. Cardinal Guzman May 28, 2012 at 11:49 #

    Good thing you found your “lost photos” again 😀


    • Tilly Bud May 28, 2012 at 11:51 #

      I’m not sure it was – for my mood, anyway 🙂


  5. debbieinlondon May 28, 2012 at 12:00 #

    Your garden looks like ours – I ventured out there last night to plant some sweet peas and was amazed at the havoc that had been wrought since last September, which was about the last time I looked at it. We had to strim our grass before we could mow it, it was knee high. Congratulations on getting it so neat and tidy, I am psyching myself up to finish tackling ours.

    I like weeds too – a friend of mine calls them ‘God’s flowers’ 🙂


    • Tilly Bud May 28, 2012 at 12:02 #

      Nice name! I love dandelions – they are so messy and cheerful and they don’t care what anyone thinks of them 🙂


  6. jmgoyder May 28, 2012 at 12:00 #

    Brilliant – thank goodness for your sense of humour. I am having WP problems too and if I could just find one person on whom to lay the blame, I would lock them in the basement – except we don’t have a basement so I guess I am just (kind of) kidding! Go Tilly!


  7. Pseu May 28, 2012 at 12:40 #

    Your garden has scope 🙂
    Where did the green shed and the pots go to, I wonder…. as they’d be in my plan


    • Pseu May 28, 2012 at 12:42 #

      … you moved the green sheddy thing….I see it now.


      • Tilly Bud May 29, 2012 at 08:31 #

        Nothing grows under the trees so it was dead space. Also, there’s shade – we have a petrol lawnmower, so it made sense for me to move it out of the sun.


  8. Just Outside the Box Cartoon May 28, 2012 at 13:05 #

    Feel free to visit our backyard sometime soon!


  9. laurieanichols May 28, 2012 at 13:19 #

    Tilly you did a tremendous job, I like a field of dandelions and if you get the greens before the flowers bloom they are fantastic in a salad with oil and vinegar, croutons and bacon. The Japanese highly regard their dandelions, your garden cleans up quite nicely!


    • Tilly Bud May 29, 2012 at 08:35 #

      I love dandelion and burdock as a drink. Not sure how authentic the taste is – there’s probably about as much dandelion and burdock in it as there is coke (coal waste/drug/Sir Edward, jurist) in Coca-Cola 🙂


  10. terry1954 May 28, 2012 at 14:18 #

    i can see by the photos that you worked hard on this project. congrats to you for an outstanding job!!!


  11. misswhiplashm May 28, 2012 at 14:28 #

    i thought I was watching a garden makeover on TV..what a difference but how long will it stay that way??/ I too am still having WP problems…like everytime I want to do something I have to log in…not so many re comments as there was before so its getting better


  12. gigihawaii May 28, 2012 at 15:44 #

    I was wondering where you were going with this post. Lol. Better late than never, eh? And why do you have so much trouble with WordPress? I never do.


  13. kiwidutch May 28, 2012 at 16:55 #

    Good on you for the garden make-over… of course It’s one of the things I don;t have to worry about since I don’t actually have one. A few narrow balconies don’t count I suppose.
    Sorry your WordPress is still misbehaving… mine is going fine! (but I’m so technically stupid that I’m grateful for every button that works on anything). You have never seen a slideshow on my blog because I’m clueless on how to make one LOL.


    • Tilly Bud May 29, 2012 at 08:56 #

      It’s actually quite easy to do a slideshow – it must be, if I can do it! WP offer good tutorials. Worth a go.


  14. Currie Rose May 28, 2012 at 17:07 #

    Great work on your garden. 🙂


  15. Jodie May 28, 2012 at 17:28 #

    Nice Job! 🙂


  16. SchmidleysScribbling May 28, 2012 at 17:36 #

    Looks like a great way to lose weight. My dogs too understand weeding. Love the hub’s garden. If at first you don’t fricasse, fry fry a hen. Dianne


  17. grannymar May 28, 2012 at 20:17 #

    I am beginning to think it is time for me to move to a flat with a window box!


  18. eof737 May 28, 2012 at 20:40 #

    Good clean up job Tilly! Kudos! 🙂


  19. Al May 28, 2012 at 20:47 #

    It’s all because of the vituperative you used in describing wordpress prompts. I wouldn’t be surprised if WP had stolen into your garden at night and planted all those weeds.


  20. siggiofmaine May 28, 2012 at 22:47 #

    Impressive work, m’dear. Impressive. There is a reason I gave ex-hubby #2 custody of the yard and garden ! I’d have to pour cement and paint it green or cover it with
    astro turf !

    Siggi in Downeast Maine


    • Tilly Bud May 29, 2012 at 09:03 #

      I would concrete this given half a chance, but for two things – I wouldn’t be doing the planet a favour; and I can’t afford it 🙂


  21. benzeknees May 29, 2012 at 05:07 #

    Wow, what a change!


  22. barb19 May 29, 2012 at 08:54 #

    You certainly worked very hard Tilly – it looks nice and tidy now, well done you!


  23. Janet Williams May 29, 2012 at 09:29 #

    To create a gallery, you simply upload all photos, add caption, SAVE all changes, then click Gallery. Remember to SAVE first if you want your captions. Good luck!

    I’m amazed you’ve got 4 coloured bins — does the council deal with all of them on a rota? We only have green and black bins collected here in the south.


    • Tilly Bud May 29, 2012 at 09:33 #

      The green bin (food & garden waste) can be emptied each week, but we put it out every couple of weeks, except in hot spells.

      The black bin (non-recyclable waste) and blue bin (paper, card) are every two weeks.

      The brown bin (bottles, plastics, cans) is every four weeks.

      It’s a good system, on the whole.


      • Janet Williams May 29, 2012 at 09:41 #

        It seems rather regular and great service.

        We have GREEN and BLACK bins only, and a small black bowl for glass (once a month). Food waste goes straight into our compost.


  24. bluebee May 29, 2012 at 10:47 #

    Awesome effort, Tilly – love your before and after photos. Catharsis!


  25. Gobetween May 29, 2012 at 19:41 #

    WP is taking revenge on you!
    Most jobs in the garden are hard labour but I really really hate weeding between paving stones. Well done.


    • Tilly Bud May 30, 2012 at 10:28 #

      I just took a spade to them. Therapeutic, actually, depending on whose head I’m imagining…


  26. Janie Jones May 30, 2012 at 14:58 #

    Wow! You did work hard, and have the pix to prove it! I need to get out and tidy my yard. We started two weeks ago, then we’ve had rain, illness and my lovely summer job interfere.


    • Tilly Bud May 30, 2012 at 15:01 #

      I have to admit, the silver lining to a rain cloud is that I can’t get in the garden to work 🙂


  27. Russel Ray Photos May 31, 2012 at 01:36 #

    I went for a couple of years without doing anything in my gardens. Finally they got so overgrown and raggedy that I decided to step away from the keyboard and the blogs and do a little gardening. Gardens are looking much better. Water fountains all are working. It’s a pleasure to sit in my gardens again.


    • Tilly Bud May 31, 2012 at 10:38 #

      That’s nice for you. I really don’t care about gardens at all, except that they be hassle-free.


  28. Perfecting Motherhood May 31, 2012 at 05:11 #

    You did quite a lot of work after letting your garden go nuts for the winter, congratulations!

    When it come to WordPress, have you considered it may not all be them but maybe the browser you’re using? I mostly use Internet Explorer 8 (I should update to 9) and I know it won’t let me do a few things in WordPress, so I’ll have to open Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to do them. Just a thought…


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