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I was looking out at the garden from the conservatory around mid-morning yesterday and who should I see but Mr. Fox !!

He had a little sit down on the lawn for quite a while, stared at me as if I was the intruder …..

….. had a roam around, sniffing everything as he went …..

….. and then, returned to his spot in the sun, put his head down and went to sleep !!!!

I know that the fox isn't every ones favourite garden visitor { especially if you keep chickens like John } but, I do still get a bit of a thrill when they come and visit our garden …… goodness knows what I'd be like if I went on safari !!!!!!

I can remember following the Hunt on Boxing Day as a child ……. now that subject opens up a can of worms. I can see both sides of the argument myself.


image 1: via peace on earth, images 2, 3 & 4: via me, image 5: via the gifts of life


garden notes and keepings

I was asked if and how I keep garden information about the yard and garden beds.  
I do.  
Honestly, I would be lost without my garden notes and keepings.  I'm always shocked how much my brain forgets after six months of winter!  

My garden notes and keepings are very, very basic.
They are nothing like the amazingly detailed and organized notebook by Kelley from the Polished Pebble.  To see Kelley's meticulous, inspiring notebook click HERE.

I keep my notes in a book given to me by a friend when I left Dallas.  I try to write down everything, like how many bags of Hollytone we purchased  in the spring, to how many bags of soil I used for containers at the beginning of the season, to what annuals I purchased for what pots.  That info really helps for the following year so I'm not guessing on amounts.  I write down what I planted in containers and in the yard, and at the end of the season I will add if I liked the plant, or location or if changes are needed.  Also, towards the back of the book I  keep a yearly ledger on the big things we did around the house all on one page- i.e. put in the terrace, planted replacement sugar maples, graveled the drive, bought the lawnmower, etc., etc... .

My other garden keepings are kept in this uninspired box which contains large manila envelopes- one for each of the different beds on the property, and also the terrace and porches.

 I simply keep the plant tags that come on the plant in the envelope for each bed.  When trying to remember;) or find a particular plant it is easy to dump them all out and quickly find just what I'm looking for.

I drew garden plans for some of the larger bed, and keep those in the envelopes for reference.

I also keep gardening articles and magazines for reference and inspiration.

Simple... easy!

How you organize your garden notes and keepings, please do share!

To read more: 
my garden essentials....HERE
our dirt formula.... HERE

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