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A non-gardeners Guide to Brightening your Garden

I love outdoor living but gardening is not really my thing so I decided to brighten up the garden by other means.

After a trip to Budapest, I was inspired by the colourful and quirky ruin bars, particularly Szimpla Kert, pictured below.

Szimpla Kert Ruin Bar BudapestSzimpla Kert Ruin Bar Budapest upper levelSzimpla Kert Ruin Bar flags, BudapestI purchased some spray paints in a variety of colours and gathered some items to spruce up. I already had dining room chairs, terracotta pots, a hammock stand and a lantern and I picked up a child’s bike (purely for decorative purposes) and a table from the local recycling centre.

Our rabbits like to eat the grass in the back garden and probably wouldn’t like the taste or toxicity of spray paint so I lay down a sheet in the front garden, moved my car well out of the way, and started spraying.

Plain pots before spray painting Chairs, hammock stand, lantern and pot Table and bike from the scrap yard

I was really pleased with the results.

Colourful chairs Colourful table Colourful table, bike and pots

I found an unusual plant pot  to add extra decoration but Fozzy, our mini-labradoodle, did not approve.

The newly painted furniture was arranged in the corner of the garden and flags added to brighten up the wall.

Colourful garden with flags

The garden was now ready to be enjoyed by friends and family at the barbecue of the year.

Party at Fort Bull-Knox

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Sunflower Contest – Update #10 – Final Five

We are down to the final five sunflowers of the competition.

The dawn netting repairs were not enough to keep the bunnies out this morning. They munched their way through all but two of the original competitors, leaving the sunflowers of just Moomin Papa and Abi remaining.

The final three substitutes belonging to Debbie, Nicky and Elena have now been planted.

The netting has been secured and pegged down so tight that if the bunnies do get through then they have well earned their snacks!

The final five, from left to right, belong to: Moomin Papa, Abi, Debbie, Nicky and Elena.

Sunflower Contest – Update #9 – Bunny Behind the Netting

Indie was caught behind the protective netting this morning (Monday) and is the prime suspect in the case of another missing sunflower.

No further damage had been caused at the time of finding the bunny and Marky’s sunflower was still standing.

Indie was removed and the netting restored. However, just over an hour later, Marky’s plant was gone!

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Security will be ramped up in an attempt to keep the remaining sunflowers safe!

Sunflower Contest – Update #8 – Mass Carnage

Five sunflowers have been eaten by the bunnies!

While the Bull-Knoxes were out enjoying a barbeque today (Sunday), the hungry rabbits decided to have a feast of their own.

Pongo and Indie targeted the plants on the right side of the fence and devoured the sunflowers of Gilbey, Kathryn, Princess, John H and super sub Kevin.

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Miraculously Marky’s sunflower, despite being in the middle of the attack, was left standing, although its leaves are a little nibbled.

The three remaining subs, Debbie, Nicky and Elena will now enter the contest and at this rate the winner will be the last sunflower standing!

Sunflower Contest – Update #7 – Super Sub

Kevin’s sunflower has entered the competition and immediately taken the lead as the tallest.

The plant (far right) replaces Abbey’s sunflower which mysteriously went missing yesterday after Fozzy was seen playing with the netting.

John H’s plant was one of the forerunners but looks small next to the newcomer.

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Kevin’s plant was 3rd sub and now faces the dangers of the Bull-Knox garden.

The other subs continue to prosper in safety. There is no guarantee they will get in the game but Fozzy and the bunnies are certainly doing their best!

Sunflower Contest – Update #6 – Abbey’s Sunflower Goes Missing

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Abbey’s sunflower is out of the contest.

Just a week after entering the competition as 2nd sub, Abbey’s plant has disappeared completely!

The sunflower was last seen this morning (Thursday 4th June).

Also this morning, Fozzy the puppy was spotted jumping onto the netting in an attempt to reach the plants and is therefore the prime suspect.

How can you be mad at this cutie though?

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Kevin’s sunflower, the 3rd substitute, will now leave the safety of Moomin Papa’s greenhouse to take Abbey’s place.

Sunflower Contest – Update #5 – Substitutions

The first two substitutes have taken their place in the Annual Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest.

Radders’ and Coops’ sunflowers are out of the competition after the bunnies broke through the security netting and munched the baby plants.

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First and second substitutes Caz and Abbey are now in their places.

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The four remaining subs, Kevin, Debbie, Nicky and Elena will be hopeful to get in the game soon!

Sunflower Contest – Update #3

The sunflowers have taken their places along the blue fence at Fort Bull-Knox!

Positions were randomly allocated and all sunflowers were transferred to the garden with equal care.

Competitors are (from left to right): Kirsty, Moomin Papa, Abi, Clarky, Knoxie, Moomin Mama, Jojo, Radders, Gilbey, Kathryn, Marky, Princess, John H and Coops.

Baby sunflowers
Tiny sunflowers

A net has been positioned over the sunflowers in an attempt to protect them from the leaf loving bunnies. However, a new threat in the form of a playful puppy, Fozzy, has now been introduced.

Six substitute sunflowers are waiting in the wings and will be hoping one of the starters meets an unfortunate fate so they can take its place in the competition.

Sunflower Contest – Update #2

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Danger averted. A snail was intercepted as it headed towards Kevin’s sunflower today.

I’m happy to report that all the sunflowers are unnibbled and doing well despite this slimy threat.

Kathryn’s, Radders’, Kirsty’s and Moomin Papa’s shoots are the tallest so far.

Clarky’s plant, which was smallest at the last inspection, has had a growth spurt. Knoxie’s and Moomin Mama’s have now been over-taken and look like they could do with some encouragement.