A bean bonanza

Leaning beansOn Thursday with my green wall of climbing beans leaning ever more precariously I decided to pick all the beans, pull up the plants to add to the compost heap and put away the canes.  I did that as the forecast is for some blustery weather with winds gusting up to 40 mph on Tuesday, which I’m sure would have toppled them.

I was surprised to find that I filled two plastic bags to bring home and sort out, which I did this morning.  The two long beans are over a foot long and as you can see the tin is already half filled with assorted shelled beans.

Bean bonanza

Although the ground was rather sticky on Friday morning I forked over the area. Whilst doing so I was joined by a robin which I stood and watched as it found small insects to eat just inches away from my wellies.  It was joined by a second one, which came and went a few times, and twice they chased away a third one.

Beans, beans, beansThat’s the last major job on my list that I wanted to do before the end of the month, but still leaves plenty of minor things to do. And with unsettled weather I can now count beans if I get bored.

Have a good week!

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Twinkling stars…

is the name I give to the third variety of Michaelmas daisies that I have on the plot.  It’s proper name is aster pringlei Monte Cassino.  It’s compact, about a metre high and has masses of small white, yellow centred flowers and tiny leaves.

Twinkling stars - 1 Twinkling stars - 2

It’s the last plant to flower on the plot but it’s well worth the wait as it’s definitely a Flighty’s favourite.

Have a good weekend!

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Flowers, seeds and blogs

The weather was rather unsettled last week but it was sunny a couple of mornings so I did do some plotting and pottering. It looks like the coming week will be much the same.

The second of my Michaelmas daisies, aster novi-belgii Lady in Blue, has now flowered. It’s small being no taller than knee height with the flowers being a rather vibrant colour.

Aster novi-belgii 'Lady in Blue'A couple of weeks ago Jo over on her blog The Good Life did a giveaway and last Tuesday I was pleased to find out that I was one of the winners.  As you can see it was for a packet of cucumber Mini Munch F1 hybrid seeds which I received a few days later along with a lovely smiley card.

Jo's card & cucumber seedsI hope that I do as well them next year as Jo has done the past couple of years.

I’ve not done a post over on my Sofa flying blog since the end of June, my excuse being that I’m now doing a regular monthly guest blog post for Living Paintings, the wonderful charity that I support.  I’m thinking about making a few minor changes on both my blogs, also how often and when I post.  I’ll let you know as and when I decide what to do.

Have a good week!

 

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Tree following – October 2014

Green leaves and yellow stems on the willowAs yet the willow tree leaves show little sign of changing colour.  What is noticeable is how well the thin yellow branches show up, almost like veins, against the green leaves.

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve seen a surprising number of birds on the willow.  There have been crows, feral and wood pigeons, magpies, starlings, a robin, a couple of blue tits and a handful of goldfinches.  Some people don’t think much of starlings but close up you can see just how colourful their markings are, as shown in this terrific photo by Sunny Day Photography.

The willow tree early October 2014

Links for other tree followers posts can be found over on Lucy’s Loose and Leafy blog.

Have a good weekend!

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Looking as good

It’s been another sunny, warm day so I made the most of it as the forecast for the coming week is for mostly unsettled, wet weather.

If that’s right then this will probably have been the last time that the flowers will still be looking as good as they did this morning.

The Michaelmas daisies (aster novi-belgii) look wonderful -

Aster novi-belgii

The love-in-a mist that I mentioned last week have now flowered -

Blue love-in-a-mist  White love-in-a-mist

The nasturtiums are still blooming profusely -

Orange-red nasturtiums  Yellow & red nasturtiums

As are the pot marigolds Flighty’s favourites -

Pot marigold and tiny snail  Creamy-yellow pot marigold

And here’s one of the last small, palm sized, sunflowers -

Small yellow sunflower

I collected some nasturtium seeds, picked some more climbing beans along with the last blackberries, grapes and raspberries.

I may well leave the sweet corn plants alone and pull them up late winter or early spring. That means the only major job left to do before the plot and myself take a break will be to pick all the beans, then add the plants to the compost heap and take down,  clean and put away, the canes.

Have a good week!

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Remember

is the theme for today’s National Poetry Day.  I have done posts for this event in the past but not for a few years.

Perhaps the most familiar and certainly poignant, poem titled Remember is by Christina Rossetti.    Philp Larkin wrote a poem titled I Remember, I Remember and I’m sure that many people will recognise the first line of Adlestrop by Edward Thomas which goes – Yes, I remember Adlestrop – .

There is a lovely little poem, author unknown, titled The vegetable plot which goes

Remember, remember in dreary September

The fate of the vegetable plot:

Where, all through the season,

For some puzzling reason,

Though weeds have grown, your seeds have not.

Follow National Poetry Day on Twitter on @PoetryDayUK and #NationalPoetryDay.

Have a good weekend!

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Autumn delights

I’m still picking lots of climbing beans – two varieties of runners, St George and one unknown,  Borlotti beans and an unknown variety of French bean –  from the green wall.

A wall of climbing beans   Climbing beans

The last sweet corn cobI’ve still been picking, and enjoying eating, a sweet corn cob most days but sadly this one today was the last one.

I did this guest blog post over on Living Paintings last week all about this impressive to grow, and delicious to eat, vegetable.

 

This morning I noticed this strawberry flower,  the still flowering dwarf white lavender and one nerine bowdenii flower.

Strawberry flower    Flowering white lavender   Nerine bowdenii

The first of my three Michaelmas daisies, an aster novi-belgii, began flowering early last week and this morning looked like this.

Michaelmas daisies

It looks like it’ll be dry and relatively warm throughout the coming week so I’ll be making the most of it doing plenty of autumn plotting.

Have a good week!

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