A mixed week

A couple of days this week I’ve stood and watched a magpie drink from, then bathe in, the washing up bowl pond by the log pile.  I did wonder why I was having to top this one up almost every visit recently when I don’t usually have to.

The washing up bowl pond

As you can see the rosebay willowherb is growing between the pond and log pile, and the two teasels have grown noticeably in the last few weeks.

Plot hawthorn

 

I recently noticed that the hawthorn blossom had died almost as soon as it appeared as had leaves around the bottom on the tree as you can see in the picture.

I found out that it’s got fireblight,  and almost certain that I’ll have to cut it down and burn.

I’ll do that later in the year, and start to think what to do with that area next year.

 

I’ve got a new four legged friend, Riley, who’s a twelve week old mostly black rather exuberant puppy.  He was keen to lick and chew my fingers when I met him on Tuesday. He lives in one of the flats that I pass on the way to the plot so I should see him quite often.

Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!

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More May flowers

Last Monday and Tuesday I concentrated on the vegetable patches.  I planted out the well sprouted Oca tubers, sowed another row of broad bean seeds and hand weeded through the onions and potatoes.

It rained all day Wednesday so Thursday I just spent pottering. On Friday I switched my attention to the flowers and planted out the sunflowers that had been hardening off for a few days.  Despite sprinkling organic pellets around them slugs had nibbled some of the nine dwarf Musicbox ones which I planted in a group. One Mongolian Giant is by the log pile and the other up by the road.  Five of the Valentine  are along the edge of the flower patch next to the east-side path.  They all looked okay this morning when I checked.

The carpet of poached egg plant (limnanthes douglasii) flowers around the dustbin lid pond is looking wonderful,

California poppies and poached egg plant flowers

as are the orange, yellow and white California poppies (eschscholzia californica).

Four California poppies   Creamy white California poppy & green insect

The alliums roseum are now flowering and looking rather pretty.

Allium roseum

Cosmos 'Velouette'This morning I planted out the cosmos that I had started off in pots at home.  Some of the red Veloutte already had a finger nail size flower.  The seeds, a mix of Purity and Velouette that I had sowed direct are now showing and will hopefully grow full size flowers.

Lots of self-sown nasturtium (tropaeolum majus) seedlings have appeared some of which I’ve been transplanting.

The love-in-a-mist (nigella damascena) are showing flower buds in the lovely bright green ferny foliage and the rose Pretty Lady has started flowering.

On the way are plenty of pot marigolds (calendula officinalis) Flighty’s favourites and in the long planter are lots of candytuft (iberis umbellata) Fairy Mixed Colours seedlings.

Have a good week!

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I’ve just realised…

that it’s Thursday and I didn’t do a draft post last night ready for today as I usually do. There are several topics that I could write about but after a busy morning I’m having a relaxing afternoon so here’s a painting by William Mangum that I like and hope you do too.

Picture by William Mangum

Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!

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May flowers

I’ve only been to the plot a couple of times during the past week.  On Monday I put the climbing bean canes up in readiness to sow some seeds later in the month, and on Thursday I just pottered as following two rather wet days it was too soggy to do any plotting. Not surprisingly after a warm weekend and those two rainy days everything is growing well, including the weeds.

The California poppy (eschscholzia californica) plants from last year are flowering as are the self-seeded poached egg (limnanthes douglasii) plants although I’ve yet to see any bees on them like I usually do. In fact I’ve seen few this year so far and no bumble bees.

California poppy - 2   Poached egg plant flowers - 2

The perennial cornflower (centaurea montana) is another flower that bees like.

Perennial cornflowers - 1

Happy gardening,  and have a good week!

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Tree Following, May 2016 – Young oak tree

Young oak tree, May'16 -1

I didn’t do a post last month as there was no visible difference to March but since then the young oak tree has grown a cloak of blight glossy green leaves which have hidden the bare branches.

Young oak tree, May'16 - 2

It’ll be interesting to see if any acorns form later in the year. If they do and they’re on stalks (or peduncles) then it’s an English oak , and if they’re not then it’s a sessile oak.

Have a look at this comprehensive post over on Pat’s, The Squirrelbasket, blog to see what tree following is all about.

Have a good weekend!

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Tree Following, May 2016 – Liz’s Serviceberry

Liz's Serviceberry May'16 - 1Just a brief post this month about the Serviceberry in my front garden here in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

Last month’s white blossom and blue skies has given way to this month’s green leaves and and leaden skies.

 

As can be seen in the two pictures below as well as leafing up the Serviceberry is now forming red berries.

 

Liz's Serviceberry May'16 - 2 Liz's Serviceberry May'16 - 3

I always think that rain drops add a touch of magic to pictures like these.

My usual thanks to Mike for letting me guest post. Please have a look at Pat/Squirrelbasket’s Tree Following post for details of what this is all about.

Have a good week!

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I’m mostly pottering,

rather than plotting, as the weather is so warm. Mind you I have cut the grass all round the outer edge, but will leave the paths for now.

I’m pleased to see that the second row of broad beans have started appearing, as have the beetroot and carrots.

Yesterday I’d just got there and was opening the shed when there was a squawking behind me. Turning round I was surprised to that it was a starling by the nearby pond.  Perhaps it was telling me that it needed refilling.  Being that close I got a good look at its wonderful iridescent feathers gleaming in the sunlight.

Lilac flowers

 

Out the front at home this lilac has started flowering, and these two plants are looking good.

 

The pink/white flowering plant is a skimmia japonica and the white one is a choisya tenata (Mexican orange). (My thanks for identifying these, and the post has been edited accordingly).

 

Spirea    Unknown

Have a good week!

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