I’m all ready now…

to start planting and sowing on the plot, which I’ll do either next week or the week after.

Last week I spent three more mornings digging and weeding, including clearing the overgrown flower bed of grass which sure looks a lot better now!

Thanks to Debbie, a fellow UK Veg Gardeners member and friend, one new flower I’ll be growing is  cornflower Sweet Sultan (Centaurea moschata). She’s kindly sent me some as a thank you for the seeds I sent her.

I’ve also got to decide where to plant the three dahlias Zingaro that I bought last week. It’ll be interesting to see how I get on with these as it’s a plant I’ve not grown before.

I even worked my way round all the edges and cut the grass on the paths.  Although I only emptied the compost heap two weeks ago it’s already more than half full again. Of course as it decomposes that will shrink somewhat, but it’s a good start to making next year’s compost.

The SoCal Birdie… is now a plot resident. I had a rethink and haven’t fixed it permanently to the shed.   I’ve nailed two small netting staples to the inside of the door so that I can slide it down into them but have to remove it to close it. It looks like it’s perched on the top of the door when in place.

I got a good, close look at Mr Robin one day and the black mark under his right eye is clearly a scar, and is one of several. It’s also noticable that he doesn’t quite close his beak. Thankfully for all that he seems okay. At long last I also got a photo of Mrs Robin!

Happy gardening!


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24 Responses to I’m all ready now…

  1. Jo says:

    You’ve been busy again, it’s a weight off the mind when you’re all ready for the off, isn’t it? You’ve succumbed to the dahlia craze too. I can see where those get their name from, they’re very zingy. I’ve just bought another one today, a yellow variety this time.

    • Flighty says:

      Jo I sure have, and yes it certainly is!
      Just these few to see how I get on, and I don’t really have room for many. I like yellow flowers! xx

  2. oh, look at your robin! he’s definitely a keeper, but quite different from ours as you mentioned. i’m quite jealous that you’re getting ready to plant 🙂 happy seeding!

  3. nikkipolani says:

    Congratulations on such a plant-ready plot! I was inspired by your good work all week long and tackled my messy container plants. Plus, yesterday was perfect weather for it. I don’t have pretty robins to follow me around but I do have a feline or two and a mocking bird who likes to toss out bark and citrus leaves.

    • Flighty says:

      Nikki thanks! I’m sure that it was all worthwhile and your container plants will soon be a picture of colour.
      I’m not sure that cats and birds are the best combination in the garden! xx

  4. Glo says:

    If you keep this up, you’ll be getting the Posh award! Your hard work is evident with everything looking so tidy and organized ~ ready and waiting. It must be a great feeling to be ahead of the game. Mrs. Robin is very sweet and I’m sure the pair of them are delighted to belong to such a lovely looking plot!

  5. Flighty says:

    Glo I’ll try to keep it nice and tidy but I’m sure that the weeds will conspire against me.
    It’s good to know that I can now plot at a nice steady pace.
    She is, and they certainly make full use of the plot! xx

  6. Mo says:

    How lovely and tidy it all looks 🙂
    Robins are noted for scrapping aren’t they? Quite territorial? I always wonder how/if ours are related because we’ve seen no fighting. It’s the sparrows who are always squabbling here.

  7. Funny how the weather makes you get busy!

    I have planted my potatoes today & have also used up my sprout tops.


  8. Hi Flighty, when will you plant your dahlias? I’m also giving them a go this year, not sure when it’s safe to plant them out!

    • Flighty says:

      Karen I’ll probably plant mine in a couple weeks providing it hasn’t turned cold! I reckon that you should follow a week or two later. I’ll mention planting them so as you know. xx

  9. Mrs Bok says:

    Such a lovely space to plant out! Love the bird shots too. Whenever I see robins I’m reminded of the book The Secret Garden. I envy you your daffodils!

  10. Louise says:

    Aah, beautiful robin. I saw and heard ours singing away the other day. x

  11. Thanks Flighty, I am slightly concerned because one of the tubers has started sprouting – at least 5 inches!. Should I leave them in the dark or pop them in pots? I have no idea what I’m doing with them to be honest!

  12. Exactly what I thought Flighty, thanks for the link I will check it out xx

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