Just a picture today…

of some Flighty’s favourites pot marigolds.

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Have a good weekend!

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I dream of summer sunshine…

on cold, dull and wet days like today.  On the plot that means red and yellow flowers, especially sunflowers, and vegetables such as tomatoes.

Among the knee-high sunflowers Musicbox that I grew last year were these sunny ones.

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The red tomato Gardener’s Delight is probably the most popular, and well-known,  of all varieties.  I’ll be growing some from seed along with the yellow variety Golden Sunrise, both of which I generally do well with.  One of the best plot pleasures has to be picking and eating a ripe sun-warmed tomato.

The last tomato on the windowsill Tiny Tim plant didn’t ripen in time for Christmas or New Year but I may well eat it later today.

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This year I’ll be growing at least a couple of these and hope to do even better than I did with this one.

Happy dreaming, and have a good week!

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Tree following, January 2017

Liz over in Lexington, Kentucky and myself are both Tree following again this year. Thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for kindly hosting it once again, and here’s a  comprehensive link detailing what it’s all about.

Liz will probably follow a Tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipfera) sapling that she got free on Arbor Day last year.  That’s providing it has survived the winter.

I think that I’ll be following the dogwood that is on the plot.  I may have followed it before but feel that it’s worth do so again as it has year round interest, and hopefully I will also get to correctly identify which cornus it is. This photo was taken at the end of November after a hard frost so the stems were sparkly white rather than shiny brownish-red.

frosty-plot-dogwoodHave a look at this post to see what others are going to follow this year, and why not join us by following a tree of your own.

Have a good weekend!

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Off to a quiet start

On Thursday morning this robin appeared as soon as I arrived to look round the plot.

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For much of the time it was less than arm’s length away.  The dark smudges on it’s forehead and left flank looked like damp earth.

This morning was rather damp and dull so it all looked a bit dispiriting, although it was good to see a fox crossing the roadway towards the other end of the site.  I’ve not seen any for ages but know that they are still around.

I then went on to the horticultural society trading shed to renew my membership for this year, which cost me the princely sum of £1-50.  Over a cup of tea and some cake I chatted with the others about Christmas, the weather and the sad news that a long-standing member had died last week.

As I mentioned recently I’ve returned to the team of shed stewards, after an absence of some years, but my first stint isn’t until the end of the month. By then the onion sets and seed potatoes should be on sale so it could be a busy morning.

Have a good week!

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Happy dreaming!

My first visit to the plot this year was on Monday morning, which was cold and frosty.  No sooner had I arrived and a robin appeared, perching close-by in the blackthorn.

robin-in-the-blackthorn-2-jan16Looking round I was pleased to see that the crocuses Snow Bunting are appearing en masse, and a closer look at the base of the sedum stems reveals new growth.

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I noticed this on Facebook and/or Twitter earlier in the week which I like and agree with, so happy dreaming!

 

Have a good weekend!

 

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Grow something new from seed…

I was pleased to receive the 2017 Chiltern Seeds catalogue a few days before Christmas, since when I’ve been browsing through it looking at the several thousand items listed on nearly two hundred pages.   There are common, exotic, rare and unusual plants from around the world ranging from just a couple of inches to the world’s tallest tree at nearly four hundred feet high.  Much as I would like to try growing many of them reality soon kicks in and I end up looking for plants that I can easily grow on the plot.  I’ve already got most of the flower, and vegetable, seeds that I need, and want, for this year so my forthcoming order will be a small one.

I’ve grown chicory before for the lovely clear, bright blue flowers but didn’t last year so that goes on the list, and I like the look of the newly listed nasturtium (Tropaeolum minus) Tip Top Mahogany which has golden-green foliage.

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Grow something new from seed is what it says on the front cover of the catalogue and most years I do just that. I’ve decided to try Viscaria oculata Formula Colours Mixed which it says is a cottage garden plant thought by some to be the most beautiful of hardy annuals.  I certainly like the look of them.

No doubt there will be other plants on my list by the time I’ve finished looking and ready to place an order.

 

Have a good week, and happy gardening in 2017!

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I’ve mostly been sofa flying,…

I hope that everyone had a good Christmas, thankfully mine was quiet and relaxing just as I like it. I took a walk round the allotments on the mornings when it was frosty and sunny but I didn’t linger too long.

After lunch I’ve mostly been sofa flying, settling down to read a good book like the man in this wonderful Gary Bunt painting .

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christmas-at-batterseagold-oak-leafThanks to everyone who sent me cards, and especially to Jo, at Through the Keyhole, for sending me two books one of which was the heartwarming Christmas at Battersea,  Liz who sent me a box of delicious Old Kentucky Chocolate Throughbreds and Nikki for this lovely gold oak leaf decoration.

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Have a good weekend, and Happy New Year!

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