Tuesday, 12 August 2014

August Garden 2014

There have been highs and lows in the garden this year.  Courgettes ballooned into mis-shaped marrows, the 'cherry' tomatoes were more like golf balls, only two plums came to fruition on my potted plum tree, the pears on my potted pear tree are covered in deep fissures and quite inedible and many of the apples on my potted apple tree have been infested with maggots!!!  Not a good year for fruit in pots!

The white echinacea plant flowered profusely this year even if it did have a poor start with caterpillars encasing themselves in the petals.

At leasr my baby belle aubergine looks to be doing fine.  Let's hope the fruits taste as good as they look.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Decimated Crops

It is hard to keep a balanced ecosystem in the garden.  I like to encourage insects and wildlife but this has been to the detriment of my crops.  I grew over 40 Romanesco cauliflowers.  Very few remain.

 The courgettes are being slowly nibbled away.

The sunflowers are full of holes.  It is most disheartening. 

Monday, 23 June 2014

Keeping Up

It is all happening in the garden right now and getting increasingly difficult to keep up with maintaining everything.  The peas are producing profusely, the strawberry plants are sending out runners everywhere (to be potted up) and the tomato plants need almost constant watering.

Much to be done outside today.  I need to find places for cauliflower plants and sow some chive seeds.  The lawn needs edging and the flowers deadheading.  I think I may be a while...............

Monday, 19 May 2014

Planting Out and Potting On

It is all happening in the garden at the moment.  Peas have been planted out into tubs and two strawberry plants have been potted on into larger pots.

Most of my seeds germinated so there is always some plant that needs pricking out or planting on.  It is a full time job!

The biggest surprise was the Romanesco cauliflower. I have so many seedlings to pot up.  Let's hope they continue to thrive until the harvest!

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Orchard Fruits

The blossom seemed to have come and gone so quickly this year.  Now only on the 4th of May I have miniature pears...........

 ..........Braeburn apples.................

...............and Victoria plums.   I really do hope that they haven't peaked to early!

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Flat Plums

Each year I seem to have problems with my potted Victoria plum tree. A few weeks ago I noticed that scale had built up on the new branches so I set to removing them with diluted washing up liquid and a toothbrush!  It now appears to be scale free.  Last year when the tree had scale, all the plums dropped off before they even had a chance to grow.  I have also noticed these flat 'plums' (see above) in previous years and the tree is producing them again. Any idea what they are?

Monday, 21 April 2014

Sowing and Growing in April

After a late start sowing seeds, the plants are catching up now.  I still have loads under black polythene germinating and trays of vegetable and flower seeds. 

 I sowed these 'little gem' lettuce seeds just a few days ago.  Look at them bravely struggle towards the light!

I have prepared the 'wildflower' patch and sowed some Sarah Raven 'Pretty Pastel' selection straight into the ground.  If the display doesn't live up to expectations I can fill in with some pot grown flowers!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Seahorse Ferns

 These emerging ferns really do remind me of seahorses.  They have such a graceful arch to their spine.

 It is a pity when they fully open as I like them best when they are tightly curled.

 They flourish next to an old tree stump.........

 .........providing a haven for all kinds of insects and wildlife.

A beautiful plant that adds interest and structure to the garden.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Scented Leaf Perlagoniums

I received my Scented Leaf Perlagoniums yesterday evening and potted them up straight away into 1 litre pots and a 2 litre pot for the attar of roses.

attar of roses
charmay snowflake lemon balm
crispum peaches and cream
fringed apple (apple mint)

I potted them in a mixture of multi purpose compost, John Innes and perlite with a layer of slow release commercial fertiliser.  I can't wait to see them flourish!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Early April

We have lived here for 17 years and the wisteria was here long before that.  Every year the wisteria is covered in lush green growth but we have only about 5 flowers on the whole plant.  This year looks like there could be a bumper amount of blooms.  Maybe the months of torrential rain gave the roots a good drink and encouraged it to flower.

The plum tree has lost its creamy blossom but the pear tree is prolific in pretty white blossom this year.  I do hope we have a good crop of pears.

I have planted up a new area with 3 early strawberry plants and two types of thyme.  I will add to this bed as the season progresses.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Sow the Season Begins..............

After the long wet winter I finally managed to get into the garden on Saturday March 29th 2014.  I cleared out the green house and cleaned it with washing up liquid and vinegar.  With newly acquired worktop space I managed to sow some seeds straight into 3.5 inch pots.  These were as follows:

Sown 3oth March 2014
Didiscus 'Lacy'
Echinacea 'Rose Pink'
Bells of Ireland
Cosmos 'Candy Stripe'

Fruit and Veg
Winter Squash 'Sweet Potato'
Cherry Tomato 'Maskotka'

Today (31st March) I went to Clockhouse Nursery and bought some plants.

Russian Sage
Thyme 'Rainbow Falls'
Thyme 'Lemon Varigated'
Broad Leaved Sorrel
Lawn Chamomile (non-flowering variety)
Strawberries 'Sweetheart' early season x 3

The main reason for going to the nursery was to buy some seeds so I bought Italian seeds by Franchi, courgettes, dwarf  beans and peas.  Three of my favourite vegetables!