Six on Saturday – Boody Garden and More

18 May

1.  I have planted up the Boody Garden trough this week. In the dialect of 19th century Northumberland, ‘boody’ referred to broken china. I discovered this at Tate Britain a few years ago when we went to the  exhibition of folk art. Now I have a name for my little garden where my favourite broken pottery is saved. There is a beautiful old serving plate, part of a coffee cup which was the last of a set given to my Mum on her retirement from teaching deaf children at Roskear School in Camborne, a piece of terracotta from a much loved and used bread crock, handles from a beautiful piece of Jane Hamlyn pottery and a fine china beaker that I sadly broke recently. Mum’s lovely owl tea-pot has found a home here too.  The two big pieces are a pot from Jane Hamlyn which I balance against the Cornish hedge as if the ferns are growing out of them. I just love it, my ‘boody’ garden!

2.  Lupin buds. We are delighted to have some buds this year as our Lupins have been badly slugged in previous years.These are looking promising.

3.  Crinodenron Hookerarium. This is getting rather leggy and, we think, should probably have a haircut when the flowers have gone. It is such a dramatic plant.

4.   Nelly Moser  is just coming into flower.

5.  Irises. These are so beautiful.

6. Working in the garden – not really garden related  but it is what we have been working on all day in the garden in the sunshine. Yesterday I bought a Victorian window with red and blue glass and we have been carefully cutting away the putty so that I can use the glass for my other passion, working with stained glass.

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19 responses to “Six on Saturday – Boody Garden and More

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 26, 2019 at 2:55 pm

      Delighted to see your pretty Boody Garden xx

  1. cavershamjj

    May 24, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Well done on your lupin, that must feel like an achievement! I have similar buds on mine too, wont be long before they flower. Looking forward to seeing.

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 24, 2019 at 6:35 pm

      Yes, it is exciting. I just love the magic of the growing garden! 🙂

  2. Piglet in Portugal

    May 21, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    i love the idea of a Boody Garden. It’s like a garden of treasures!

  3. Mala Burt

    May 20, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Loved the photos and the idea of the Boody garden.

  4. utesmile

    May 19, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    I love that broken China Garden. It is really such a great idea and looks super!

  5. Heyjude

    May 19, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    I think I have Nelly Moser in my garden. Nice to have a name for it. And the boody garden is fun – I too thought you were complaining 🙂

  6. nrhatch

    May 19, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Great way to repurpose broken china ~> plant it!
    I wonder if one of your future stained glass creations might want to adopt a piece of broken china?

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 19, 2019 at 11:11 am

      That’s an interesting thought – I’ll bear that in mind. 🙂

  7. Lisa

    May 18, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    I misread at first, thought it was a “bloody” garden! I like the term “boody.” That terra-cotta planter is amazing, I love it!
    The blue and white pieces are just my favorite colors.

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm

      The spell checker thinks that too! I love blue and white china too. There are some lovely unbroken pieces on our Welsh dresser. 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm

      … and one that I kintsugied. I’ll post about that soon. 🙂

  8. Arkenaten

    May 18, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I’ve been placing bits of broken pots and occasional china in the garden for years, and now I have a name for it. Though,my initial thought was you had made a spelling mistake!

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 18, 2019 at 6:58 pm

      The spell check thought so too! It’s a pleasing thing to do isn’t it? Broken things don’t feel so lost any more. 🙂


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