Sunday smiles

This morning is breezy and dull with some showers due after lunch, which is typical for an August Bank Holiday Sunday.  Just before I reached the allotment gates this morning I met Milo, a nine week old brindled collie/staffie cross puppy.  He lives in the flats that overlook the site so I’m sure I’ll be meeting, and making a fuss of, him again.

All I did was pick some blackberries, climbing beans and tomatoes as well as do some watering.   There’s still been hardly any significant rain here, and not much forecast so the ground remains cracked and dry.

TomatoesI’m really surprised that I’ve been picking as many tomatoes as I have given the poor start they had in soggy ground.  I’ve also been taking off what I’m sure are blighted leaves over the past couple of weeks.   This picture shows two Golden Sunrise,  an Outdoor Girl flanked by two Gardener’s Delight and the last four Tiny Tim off the window sill plant.

Yesterday Caro over on her Urban Veg Patch blog did this really informative post about tomatoes which is well worth reading.

 

Cosmos 'Purity'All the cosmos are still flowering profusely.

Cosmos 'Velouette'

 

Here’s another excellent Guardian picture article – Great British allotments –  which is worth looking at.

Have a good week!

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Further to Sunday’s post…

I got the new desktop PC on Tuesday so spent the afternoon and evening setting it up and getting used to Windows 10.  I was relieved to find that I had no problems and just a few minor niggles that I’ve since resolved.

Hydrangea

 

It’s been warm the past couple of days, reaching 30C/80F yesterday, so I’ve been going to the plot early and mostly pottered for a couple of hours.

The hydrangea is looking okay but it’s really in the wrong place so I’ll be moving it next spring to where I hope it will do better and flower, which it hasn’t done so far.

 

 

Ice plant

 

The ice plant (sedum spectabile) is doing well and I’m looking forward to it flowering soon, and attracting  some butterflies. This is another plant that needs moving, which I’ll also do in the spring.

 

 

 

I have to say that I’m a touch envious of plot neighbour Fran’s tall single sunflowers, one of which is over ten feet high.

Fran's tall single sunflowers

Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!

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For the past few months…

I’d been pondering getting a replacement desktop PC as mine has become increasingly niggling to use, is getting ever noisier and runs the no longer supported Windows XP.

I should be collecting a brand new, reasonably cheap, one tomorrow which will be the first one that’s not been second-hand. Using Windows 10 will be a quantum leap but I’m hoping that it won’t be too problematic bearing in mind the experiences some people have had.  All being well I hope to be plot posting as usual on Thursday.

As well as getting that I’d also decided to get a laptop and after long deliberation I recently acquired an Acer Chromebook 13.  It’s the first non desktop PC that I’ve used so it’s taken a while to get used to the touchpad rather than a mouse, and it’s totally silent which is rather pleasing.  I  have a Google account which made setting it up a doddle. There are some limitations which I was aware of  before buying.

Have a good week!

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In contrast to…

Cracked and drytwo months ago when the plot was really soggy the ground is now bone dry. I’ve lost my weeding knife during the week and I’m wondering if it’s  fallen down one of the numerous cracks. The forecast is for some heavy rain tomorrow which is much needed.

 

Potato 'Kestrel'I’m now picking plenty of climbing French beans Cobra and runner beans St. George, but leaving the Borlotti beans for later.   All the onions Sturon are up and at home drying prior to storing to use over the coming months.  This is the biggest potato, a second early Kestrel, that I’ve dug up so far.  The various tomatoes are starting to ripen but I’m picking blighted leaves off the plants.

Cornflowers

 

A few cornflowers (centaurea cyanus) appeared this year although I didn’t sow any.  They are lovely flowers and I’m planning on growing the dwarf variety Polka Dot en masse next year.

 

My plot neighbour Fran has grown this rather striking looking cosmos bipinnatus Pied Piper Red on her plot.  I’ve asked her to save some seed so I can grow it next year.

Cosmos 'Pied Piper Red'

As I mentioned on Sunday it was National Allotment Week last week butI saw surprisingly few mentions about it even on the various allotment forums.   The Guardian did this good article, Growing together – an allotment picture essay, which is well worth looking at.

Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!

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Flighty’s plot is one of…

19 amazing allotment blogs!

Pot marigold - 18On Thursday I received an email from Camilla Stacy at Walton Sheds saying that she is one of their blog team who had been reading a lot of allotment blogs lately, and that she’d enjoyed reading all about my pot marigolds and looking at the lovely photos.

They liked Flighty’s plot so much that they featured it in their Allotment Blogs round-up for National Allotment Week.

It’s really nice to be appreciated like this, and as you’ll see when you look at the other blogs featured some are fellow lawn loungers including Annabelle/Life on Plot 27, Matt/Garden 59 and Michelle/Veg Plotting.

Happy gardening, and have a good week!

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Three favourite flowers

Yellow pot marigold flowers

 

I’m dead-heading the pot marigolds again and starting to collect seed.  This picture was taken a while ago.

 

 

 

 

Cosmos 'Purity' flowers

 

The white cosmos Purity are flowering well.

 

 

 

 

Rose 'Pretty Lady'

 

 

The rose Pretty Lady is starting to bloom profusely again.

 

 

 

 

Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!

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Tree Following, August 2016

Liz,  in Lexington Kentucky,  isn’t doing a post this month as she says that her serviceberry has hardly changed since last month.

Last month Andy, The Field, commented on my post that The best thing to do with oak leaves is to make oak leaf wine,  especially those young leaves.  I replied that I’m not a wine drinker but that’s interesting and not something that I’ve heard of before.   He further commented A surprisingly good wine that cleared quickly and was drinkable without ageing. Stinks a bit when boiling up the leaves though. Well worth a try. Needless to say I went searching and found that there are lots of webpages on how to make it including this one.

I took a close look at the young oak tree on Sunday and was surprised to see acorns are now forming.

Young oak tree, Aug'16 - 2

I will now keep an eye on them to see what happens.  That is unless they’re taken by jays or squirrels.

Some of the leaves are starting to show signs of dying back but that may well be due to a lack of water rather than the time of year.

Thanks to Pat for hosting Tree Following on The Squirrelbasket blog, and do have a look at this comprehensive post to see what it’s all about.

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