Thursday, 13 April 2017

Meal Plan Friday 7th April 2017

The bathroom is still being done and Mr MC&W will be of to Atlanta with work so I need more and more easy meals

Friday - Birds eye chicken Kiev with new potatoes and salad

Saturday - Steak, Chips, Peas, mushrooms and peppercorn sauce for myself and Mr MC&W as a real treat. For the boys Ravoli (shop brought)

Sunday - Sausages, Red Onions and Potatoes roasted together in a honey and wholegrain mustard sauce served with green veggies. Boys had a mini chicken roast

Monday - Tuna Pasta Bake

Tuesday - Pizza Puff Pin Wheels served with salad


Wednesday - Bonfire night baked potatoes


Thursday - Chicken Korma with rice and Poppadoms

Meal Plan Friday 31st March

This has been written after the event. We have been really manic with the start of the Easter holidays, the bathroom being ripped out and replaced combined Mr MC&W was beyond busy at work

Friday - Waitrose Gruyere Stuffed Mushrooms, New Potatoes and Salad boys had spaghetti with a tomato sauce, ham and peas

Saturday - Charlie Bigham Curry for Mr MC&W and Pizza for the boys

Sunday - Sandwiches as we had lunch out

Monday - Bird eye southern chicken with new potatoes and Mediterranean roasted veg. The boys had crispy chicken with mash and peas

Tuesday - Fish and Chips

Wednesday - Jacket Potatoes with Beans and Cheese for the boys and I and Tuna Mayo for Mr MC&W

Thursday - Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Broccoli the boys just had broccoli

Annual seeds to update a border

The Dumping Ground


The new Viburnum Tinus trees and shrubs are arriving late April so for the moment I have stopped digging over the back border and will weed it as and when needed. In the meantime I have been pottering about and catching up with some jobs I have been putting off for a long time.


There is a small border next to our back door, for ages it had a wooden planter on it that we borough from our old house. It had been put by the backdoor as it contained herbs but over time it started to fall apart and the area was looking rather like a dumping ground.









Spring continued this sad look, with two very pathetic looking Hyacinth and some old daffodils that did not flower. You can imagine this is not how I was picturing this border would look. It is also home to an early flowering clematis on the wall above. The clematis is beautiful and provides wonderful flowers in early spring but it is full of dead wood and looks rather messy with all the wood hanging down. I decided that it was about time I did something.


Sad looking plants

Being an excellent destructive gardener I pulled up all the plants and weeds. Now all proper gardeners you may want to stop reading or take a deep breath as I then attacked the clematis. I found the really dead parts and cut them back to where I could see a new bud forming. I was very careful not to cut any that had obvious new growth. This took some time as for once I was actually thinking about what I was doing, I do not want to kill it just tidy it up a little. A lot of the deadwood just fell out and we will look carefully at this plant when it stops flowering late spring time as it needs to be retrained (if that is a word). I also found the RHS guide to pruning this type of Clematis which I will be reading.

RHS Guide to Pruning Clematis


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Lovely woody Clematis


Looks beautiful around the back door
Then the boys and I decided to plant some summer annuals, we had some border sunflower seeds from Thompson and Morgan that the boys had won for a picture they had drawn and some other mixed seeds. We scattered them and watered them in and we shall see what happens in the summer. The boys are continuing to water them as its very dry at the moment. I am hoping these seeds will provide an inexpensive way to have a summer border.


Area all smart and tidy
Our lovely border sunflowers
Twin Mummy and Daddy

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Viburnum Tinus for a border

As you are aware last year I posted about the garden fence being replaced and the fact we lost some privacy. We found part of the solution with the amazing LolliPop Trees Elaeagnus ebbingei.

Planting lollipop trees elaeagnus 


However, we still have a fence that is a little bit see through. So we are now on the next stage of planting up the new border.


We decided to visit Architectural Plants again, knowing what we needed was established plants. Our main problem was that we had no idea what plants would work. We did not want to loose the stunning appearance of the lollipop trees, they look so regal and I was concerned they would get lost in a massive shrub.



The regal trees and the fence up close


We asked for help as soon as we arrived, being organised we had to hand measurements and photos of the border and fence. She looked at them, listened to us and straight away came up with the most beautiful idea.

Viburnum Tinus but in two different forms, one as a small lollipop tree combined with a more traditional shrub. We can keep them cutting them to the right size, they are evergreen and flower in the winter where the lollipop trees flower in the summer.



Viburnum Tinus as a Lollipop style tree
Close up


As a shrub
Both forms of Viburnum Tinus






What beautiful winter flowers

This is my rather dreadful drawing to show you roughly the though process.

Drawing is not my strong point

To finish of the fence we are going to buy some climbers, they will give the last bit of privacy. If we choose well we can have flowers and interest for nearly the whole year.

We are very excited about how this is going to look. It has a very strong theme and design element about it. Still leaving plenty of room for adding plants to give year round interest.



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