I’m now wondering

It was a typical Bank Holiday Monday as it rained almost all day. Tuesday morning I’d only been at the plot for a few minutes when it started raining so I quickly picked some borlotti and runner beans before returning home.

Borlotti beans   Runner beans

Thankfully yesterday and today have been better as I’ve done some welcome plotting including pulling up the dwarf French bean plants and forking the area over.  Looking at the sweet corn and tomatoes I’m now wondering if they’ll ripen.

Swet corn   Tomatoes

The areas of ground behind the sweet corn are where the onions and potatoes were grown.

The forecast through the weekend is cool and dry, with night-time temperatures dipping below 10C/50F.

Have a good weekend!

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A lazy weekend

Pink cosmos


It looks like I won’t be doing any plotting this weekend as there’s been some rain with more forecast. I’ll probably go just for a potter round, and to pick more runner beans.

On Friday I noticed this pink cosmos which is slightly different to the one I showed recently as it doesn’t have a darker ring around the boss of yellow stamens.


At home I’ll be re-potting the coleus Fairway plants into bigger pots.

Green coleus 'Fairway'   Red coleus 'Fairway'

Needless to say I’m still looking through the bulb catalogues but I think that I’ll get some red tulips Apeldoorn  and blue alliums caeruleum.

London Rain


When I settle down later on with a cup of tea and a few biscuits one of the books that I’ll be reading has the somewhat apt title London Rain.

Have a good week!

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Browsing bulb catalogues

Apart from Tuesday morning, which I spent pruning the hawthorn and dead-heading the rose Pretty Lady, I’ve not been to the plot this week as it’s been mostly dull and wet. Yesterday there was heavy rain for several hours, along with thunder and lightning.

Roses 'Pretty Lady'

I’ve spent some time browsing bulb catalogues, such as Peter Nyssen’s,  as well as looking on-line.  I don’t really have room for more out on the plot but I’ve been looking at tulips to grow in containers, and also alliums which I’ve never grown before. As always the trouble is deciding what to choose as the range of colours and varieties is extensive.

Happy Bank Holiday weekend, which typically looks like being mostly cool and cloudy with some rain!

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I’m now beginning

During last week I lifted the remaining onions, which are now all at home drying off before I store them to use through the coming months.  I’ve also roughly forked over the area where I grew them.

I’m still lifting potatoes and was really surprised to find that all those on one Charlotte plant were so badly slugged that I had to bin them. Very strange as all the others were okay, thankfully.  I’ve also roughly forked over about two-thirds of this area as well.

I’m now beginning to think about next year, and I’ve already decided what vegetables I’m going to grow and where.

Pale lemon nasturtium



After a poor start the nasturtiums have picked up and are now doing a lot better.  I noticed this pale lemon one among the brighter yellow ones.




Raspberry ripple gladioli



Sadly the white gladioli have just about finished but among a few others that I planted elsewhere is this raspberry ripple one.




I spent most of this morning dead-heading pot marigolds, as well as collecting some seed.

Honey bee on a pot marigold

This coming week looks like being rather unsettled, with plenty of rain, so it doesn’t look like I’ll be doing much plotting.

Have a good week!

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Cosmos and sunflowers…

are among my favourite flowers but neither have really done as well as I hoped this year.

Cosmos 'Gloria'


I think that this is a cosmos bipinnatus Gloria but it’s only a foot high with a few flowers that are just a couple of inches diameter, rather than three feet with flowers bigger than a CD.



Cosmos 'Xanthos'



The yellow cosmos bipannatus Xanthos  is another small plant and flower,  but they have been flowering all summer. I’ll hopefully collect some seed and try again next year.




Yellow sunflower


These sunflowers (helianthus annuus) have flowered during the past week.

This all yellow one is waist high with a small saucer sized flower.

The one below with a dark centre is over six feet high but with an equally small flower.



A sunny sunflower

Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!

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An August assortment

It was a stop and start plotting week as I was there Monday and Tuesday then the weather changed so I didn’t go again until yesterday.

Looking round it seems that the cooler weather and some rain has been beneficial for various plants.

Red valerian



The Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) in the stone feature is flowering again which is good to see. This is a perennial plant which is good for bees and butterflies, and for cutting.  I’m also told that that it does well along a hedge where little else grows.
Crocosmia flowers




The two large clumps of crocosmia are in full flower, and are eye catching with bright green sword-like leaves and masses of orange flowers.



Growing up through and around the wood-pile is Rosebay willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) which has lots of small pretty white crossed flowers.  And look who I spotted sitting on one of the logs – it’s the Canuck twins.

Rosebay willowherb   The Canuck twins

Lots of 'Pretty lady roses


After it’s initial floriferous flourish back in May the rose Pretty Lady has been flowering non-stop.



Happy gardening, and have a good week!

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Tree Following, August 2015 – A fig tree

I wandered down the allotment site one morning last week to look at the fig tree and take a few photos.  It’s on Trevor’s plot and he was there feeding his chickens so we chatted for a while.  He mentioned that a few days previously he’d enjoyed eating the one fig that hadn’t dropped, and was also hopeful that given some good weather over the coming weeks that he’d get to enjoy some more as the second crop has grown noticeably in recent weeks.

Trevor's fig tree Aug'15 - 1

He also reckoned that removing the old shed earlier in the year had helped to reinvigorate the tree.  Where the shed had been is now a flower bed that is full of colour,  and the poppies were buzzing with bees.

Trevor's fig tree Aug'15 - 2

What I forget to photograph was the grape vine that he has growing up through the tree, which I’ll hopefully show next month.

See Lucy’s Tree Following post for details of what this is all about and this one for links to other Tree Following posts for this month.

Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!

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