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New Beginnings

There is this new garden outside waiting for me. It’s quite daunting as there’s so much to do that I don’t know where to start. There’s such good potential and I know it will be beautiful in a few years time. There are so many questions popping up in my head. Should I start a proper vegetable garden, should the swimming pond stay or should it go, what to do with the front garden?

So I went upstairs and brought down a wicker chair and planted it in the middle of one of the lawns, and I just sat there for an hour with a cup of tea and looked around. Identifying all the plants and trees. I need peonies, there’s no snowball and where are all the wild flowers for the butterflies and bees?

My mother will be here this week and we’ll get it sorted out together. I can’t wait to drive up and down to the garden centre with her. I already had a little sneak peak and picked up some kitchen herbs to plant in a crate Farrow & Ball sent me along with some of their latest Spring paint colours.

I decided to paint the crate All White, my absolute go to paint colour, as the crate will be living outside and inside my new kitchen. The new kitchen is going to be painted in All white, Strong White and Cornforth white. I painted the wooden plant labels in Hay, such a surprising and fresh new colour. I think I’m going to paint my bedroom chest of drawers with the paint that is left over.

All White

All White is exactly what it says! Unusually, it contains no other pigment except for white, creating the softest most sympathetic colour without the colder blue undertones of a brilliant white.


Hay is not a hot sunny yellow. Like the crop from which it takes its name, it is more modest than the cleaner Yellow Ground and less intense in colour. It has a distinctly green undertone which gives it an established soft feel, creating peaceful spaces especially when contrasted with muted Slipper Satin woodwork.

Studio Green

Studio Green is the colour used on the exterior of the original studio at Farrow & Ball where many of the very first paints were mixed. It is usually best used outside where is magically appears to be much more green than on the colour card. When used in interiors it will look virtually black unless in very well lit rooms where you will see the special nuance of this shade.


Radicchio takes its name from the distinctive colour of Italian chicory. Although tempered with magenta, it contains less blue pigment than Eating Room Red so is brighter and more modern in feel. It successfully fills a room with energy without having the brashness of a true clean red.

I Planted sage, rosemary, thyme, lavender, lemon balm and asperula. I had some left over thick plastic to line the crate with so I can water it and keep things clean.

This garden is going to be so magical. I’m going to let the the Bloomsburys inspire me, will take mum on a road trip next week to Sissinghurst, Charleston and Monk’s House.

This post is sponsored by Farrow & Ball a brand I use, love and highly recommend. All words and images are my own.

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  • Alice Auperin
    18/04/2017 at 18:01

    Hi, how exciting! All I’d add to your wise knowledge is not to rush anything the first year of a new garden. You learn the path of the sun with the changing seasons, which plants may make a surprise appearance, etc… and definitely lots of sitting and looking! Have fun xxx

    • yvestown
      18/04/2017 at 19:58

      Thank you, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’m already over the moon with 3 lilac bushes and a cherry tree.

  • Tracey
    18/04/2017 at 21:20

    Totally agree about leaving it for a year (or more) for permanent planting. I’m still transplanting from pots to where I think things will work and this will be the fourth summer here. I was once obsessed by Sissinghurst. Visited it every season for about four years on the trot. Haven’t been for a few years but I understand it is having a “make-under” to try to get it back to its original state. You could also visit Great Dixter for a very different take on borders and beds. Enjoy your trip to East Sussex.

  • Meredithe
    20/04/2017 at 23:37

    That sounds so exciting, I can’t wait to see how your new garden develops. Have a lovely, joyful time with your Mum.

  • jo
    23/04/2017 at 01:22

    I second a visit to Great Dixter. My mind was blown by the genius that was Christopher Lloyd.

  • ChrisTine
    05/05/2017 at 13:41

    J’aime aussi les nouvelles pousses de plantes aromatiques.

  • Ezgi
    15/05/2017 at 10:39

    I just discovered your blog and I love it. I hope that it will be very good beginning for you. The earth and flowers make the people happy. I wish you have a nice day..