A new plot pond

Regular readers will know that I’ve had two ponds for almost as long as I’ve had the plot.  One is an upturned dustbin lid which is near the shed on the flower patch.   The other one is a washing up bowl next to the log pile.  At the moment both areas are overgrown and the ponds are no longer visible.    I’m thinking about revamping both these areas, but if I do it won’t be until the early spring.

The new pond is a mini one, being a 6″/15 cm plant pot saucer.  As you can see I’ve put a flat stone in it for birds such the robin to perch on whilst having a drink.  I’ve put it behind the compost bin next to the log seat.

Although sunny it’s freezing cold again today so I’m not plotting, and won’t be tomorrow either as it looks like raining all day.

I’ll be settling down later to do some more seed sorting, including sunflowers Ring of Fire.

Take care, and have a good weekend!

A Sunday morning walk

I’ve stayed indoors the past two days as it’s been very cold, wet and windy. It’s still cold today but calm and sunny so I went for a much needed walk through the nearby ecology park, my allotment site and the local park.

I was pleased to see a jay and a some long-tailed tits in the ecology park.  Looking round the plot I was relieved, as always,  to see that all was okay after the high winds.  I didn’t linger but crossed the road and headed for the local park where the hornbeam I’ve been tree following this year is.   The pond and wetland area is temporarily fenced off whilst a much needed all-weather path is being laid, as well as other work, so I couldn’t see the ducks.  There were plenty of gulls out on the open grass areas and a pair of squawking parakeets in one of the willows along the stream edge.

I was back home in just under an hour where the first thing I did was to make a warming cup of tea.

Apologies there are no pictures as I didn’t take a camera with me. Here are two Flighty’s favourites pot marigolds from early July, which I may have shown before.

Take care, and have a good week!

I’ll be armchair gardening

Despite it being noticeably colder this week it has remained dry and sunny so I’ve continued plotting.   This morning there was a  cold northerly wind so to keep warm I dug out and sieved a barrow load of compost.  I occasionally stopped to watch the robin finding plenty to eat.  I added  this compost to couple of barrow loads I dug out earlier in the week and had put out of the way under the blackberry bush.

 

Looking round a now mostly bare plot a few days ago I was rather surprised to see that the crocuses Romance are already starting to show above ground.

 

 

Another recent surprise was seeing a flowering dandelion on one of the grass paths.  On Tuesday I noticed that the seed head was frosted and sparkling .

There’s heavy rain due tomorrow, followed by  bitterly cold high winds on Saturday so it looks like I’ll be armchair gardening rather than plotting for a couple of days.

Take care, and have a good weekend!

Looking skywards

It remained dry last week so I made the most of it by plotting every morning, which is a real bonus for this time of year.

Friday morning was sunny and I spent much of the time looking skywards at the various birds flying round including crows, gulls, magpies, parakeets and pigeons.  The smaller birds tend to keep to the trees around the site perimeter fence but a blue tit flew  on to the dog rose and perched there for a short while.  Earlier in the week a heron overflew, presumably the one that’s been seen at the local park recently.  This morning I watched a red kite lazily circling round overhead.

One job I did do yesterday was to weed through the comfrey plants and raspberry bushes.

It looks like remaining dry next week but noticeably colder with the temperature well down into single figures C ( low 40’s F).  I’ll still be plotting but will probably come home earlier than usual.

Take care, and have a good week!

The plot compost heap

Further to last Sunday’s post I started to dig out the plot compost heap this morning as it was ideal weather, being dry and sunny although a bit chilly  to start with.

 

 

Of course the robin was there watching what I was doing and  finding plenty to eat.  I don’t mind that it all takes me longer to do as I keep having to make sure I’m not about to  drop a spade full of earth on it.

 

I’m in no hurry to get this particular job done so I’ll only be digging out and sieving one barrow load most mornings when I’m there, and weather permitting.   If that changes and prevents me from doing so I can leave it through to the spring if need be.

Take care, and have a good weekend!

On the mornings…

I was at the plot last week I cleared, then forked and weeded, the main flower area .

Most of the plot has now been done and  just leaves a few small patches around the edges as yet untouched.

 

The white asters Twinkling Stars are now well past their best as are the sedums. Once they’ve finished that will just leave the white and yellow primroses in the longer planter as the only flowers.

The robin continues to be my constant company whilst I’m there, mostly eating and watching whilst I work.  More often than not it’s now only inches away whatever I’m doing, and I can hear its whirring wings when it comes and goes.

With what I’ve cleared along with grass and leaves the compost heap is nearly full but I hope to now make a start slowly emptying it one sieved barrow load each morning I’m there.

Take care, and have a good week!

 

Tree following, November, 2021

Liz – The pictures of the seven son tree in my garden, here in Lexington, Kentucky, were taken at the end of October.

As you can see the pink sepals were still hanging in there, and leaves just beginning to turn yellow and starting to fall.

There is some interesting colouration and marks on the trunk ,  and there are still remnants of the original tree that died out a decade ago to be succeeded  this present one that unexpectedly sprung to life during 2015.

   

Mike – At last the leaves on the hornbeam in the local park are now changing colour and starting to drop and will form a golden-yellow carpet on the grass.

 

 

 

   

I’m looking forward seeing the tree leafless so that I can see the branches in more detail and how they form the distinctive fan shape.

Our thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting tree following, and if you want to see what it’s all about, and perhaps join in, please have a look at this tree following post.

Take care, and have a good weekend!

 

Plot neighbours

When I cleared the mound of nasturtiums during the week I was surprised to find a number of young strawberry plants had rooted and grown underneath.  They’ll be put to good use as I’ll give them to my new plot neighbour Julia  who has recently taken on the half plot next door.  She’s an assistant warden with the Harrow Nature Conservation Forum, and one of the regular volunteers who work in the adjacent Newton Farm Ecology Park most Saturday mornings.

Another plot neighbour Fran, who I’ve mentioned before, took on the other half plot adjoining mine in the spring.  When she took it on it hadn’t been tended for some time so the grass and weeds were waist high but she cleared it then grow flowers and vegetables through the summer, and the transformation has been amazing.  She’s had her other small plot across the roadway for many years but she retired from work late last year and wanted to keep active and busy.

What she and I would like now is for the long untended plot alongside ours to be taken on worked, as it was when the Italian brothers-in-law George and Joe had it some years ago.   Meantime it’s a bit of a wilderness but must be ideal for wildlife.

I’ve started clearing the main flower patch and now thinking about maybe making a few minor changes.   Meantime I’ll be carrying on digging, hoeing and weeding next week whilst it continues to remain dry.

Take care, and have a good week!

Weather permitting…

I usually go to the plot most mornings but Tuesday, although dry and sunny, I didn’t as I went to my local pharmacy for a  Covid booster vaccination.  Thankfully, like the two previous ones and the flu jab, I didn’t suffer any side effects.  I then did some shopping before heading home for a welcome cup of tea and couple of biscuits.  After an early lunch I decided to take a look round the allotments.  I’m glad I did as I met Trevor who has a plot at the other end of the site to mine.  He was just packing up and going to take his dog Ranger for a walk in the local park so I joined him.  We walked all round rather than just through it, and was pleased to see a heron partly hidden in the reeds.  We also spotted some wild pansies, which are a  really lovely little flower.  All in all it was a most enjoyable hour or so.

The weather has been better this week but noticeably colder with frosts on Tuesday and yesterday mornings so I wasn’t surprised that had finished off the cosmos and nasturtiums, which I’ve since been pulling up then adding to the compost heap.

My apologies for the lack of pictures, which is  due to a couple of reasons which I won’t go into now.  This picture of the robin perched on the top of the shed door was taken last month.

 

Take care, and have a good weekend!

October has ended…

with three rather wet and windy days so I’ve not been to the plot since Thursday morning.

I recently mentioned that the communal wood chips bays have been empty for a long time so I was pleased to see that one of the local tree surgeons had been and refilled all three bays.

The rose Pretty Lady has been blooming continuously since mid May, although less and less floriferously, and I think these will be the last blooms for this year.

Yesterday I checked all the onions and potatoes I have stored at home.  I found one onion that needs to be used but otherwise the rest are all okay.  I do this periodically, and think that it’s a job well worth doing.

I’ve been settling down after lunch some days to carry on seed sorting and saving.  I’m doing candytuft, cosmos, pot marigolds and sunflowers some of which I’ll keep to use next year and the rest to give to someone who passes them on to a couple of worthy causes.

Thankfully next week looks like being mostly dry, but with temperatures close to 0 C one or two early mornings.  At least I’ll be able to take a look round the plot even if I can’t do much.

Take care, and have a good week!

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