The thermometer's heading down, the central heating's going up and my jaunts into the garden are mainly to either tidy up leaves or re-fill the bird feeders. Speaking of which, I've had loads of sparrows, robins and blue tits at the feeders, but yesterday - wow! - a goldfinch turned up. Only a fleeting visit, but I was ridiculously excited to see it. Apparently they really like niger seeds, so I'll stock up on those and hope it'll be a tempting treat for the bird to return.
Well, no real gardening to be done for me, so it's armchair gardening, armed with scissors, a glue stick and Sarah Raven's seed catalogue. I'm on the mailing list for various companies to send me their seed catalogues, but Ms Raven's is definitely the best designed and most inspiring. I love the varieties she chooses to include and the luscious colours combinations. I have a childish love of cutting and pasting - who needs those 'colouring books for grown ups', eh? - so like snipping out images and grouping them together. Getting ideas for what I can grow and what colours most appeal.
It's a great way to mull over what you want your flower borders to look like, and to dream of having an unlimited budget and Monty Don standard green fingers. I'm also in the early stages of trying to see if there's a business idea here, becoming a small scale flower farmer. Not so much a one-man-band as a one-woman-flower-farmer. Growing organically and locally, supplying bunches of flowers in more interesting colours and varieties than found in standard supermarket bouquets. I'm not imagining I could become the next Interflora, but maybe acquire a modest patch of land and set up a polytunnel and some beds. Only a pleasing daydream, or a real possibility?
I'd need to spend next year learning basic floristry skills, learning everything I possibly can about growing flowers, investigating the market and getting a clear idea of what'd be involved and if it's within my capabilities. Yup, it's an enticing idea. What d'ya think?
Moved from a garden-less city flat in the South West to a Yorkshire village in 2016. I now have a garden ... of sorts.