The summertime blues

As I’ve mentioned before summer is not my favourite time of the year as I don’t like it too hot, the humidity that usually goes with it or the often poor air quality.  Mind you I’m sitting here writing this and it’s cool, wet and windy!

I’ve been browsing through the J Parker Dutch Bulbs  autumn 2011 catalogue this week.  Much as I would like to buy lots of the items shown in it I am somewhat constrained by a lack of money and available growing space.  I’ve confined myself to some lavender, probably the compact dark blue variety Munstead, as this is one plant that I’ve been meaning to grow on the plot for far too long.

Some borage (borago officinalis) must have self-seeded last year as several plants have appeared. This herb has blue flowers,  beloved by bees, which were once thought to drive out the summertime blues.

I was given a couple of chicory plants earlier in the year and one has thrived. I’m growing it for the pretty blue flowers, which I really like, rather than as a vegetable.

Have a good weekend!

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24 Responses to The summertime blues

  1. Jo says:

    Vegetable flowers can often give ornamentals a run for their money, chicory is certainly one such example. I have lavender Munstead in my garden, it’s a lovely variety and keeps the bees very busy. I too have self seeded borage at the allotment. I’m pleased that it keeps reappearing as it definitely brings the bees to the plot yet I don’t have sow seeds every year.

    • Flighty says:

      Jo they sure can! Munstead it is then. I shall let the borage self-seed, as well as collecting some it. Good choices all round it seems! xx

  2. Martin B says:

    I agree. I love the flowers that both courgettes and potatoes produce. They are so vibrant and eyecatching!

    Martin 🙂

  3. nikkipolani says:

    Oh, I had no idea chicory flowers were so pretty!

    • Flighty says:

      Nikki aren’t they just! I saw some last year when plot neighbour Joe accidently let some flower then seed, and this is one of the resulting plants which he gave me. xx

  4. I’ve got the summertime blues cos I can’t post any pics on my blog at the moment – so I’m savouring those on yours.

  5. Rob says:

    Got to agree about the flowers, must have had the same idea for the blogs this week ;>) Always find it a bit depressing when the autumn/winter catalogues come through the door.

    • Flighty says:

      Rob that often happens! This is the wholesale catalogue which my horticultural society use to order bulbs that will be on sale in September. As you say it’s slighty depressing in some ways!

  6. Mo says:

    Yay! You’re getting lavender 🙂 Borage is sadly missing from my garden and I need to rectify that. The Chicory is amazing, lovely photo, I’ve never seen it in bloom. Lovely post, thank you.

    • Flighty says:

      Mo indeed I am, at long last! Do that, as borage is another of those great all round plants. I hadn’t until last year and I’m really glad that I’ve now got some. Thanks! xx

  7. Damo says:

    No borage here either I must get hold of some as it looks so pretty in your photo.

  8. Just started to grow borage this year because of it’s pretty flowers. Didn’t know until recently that it was a self-seeder (always a bonus!) and I’ve read that flowers thrown into a salad taste a bit like cucumber and, as well as it’s reputation for cheering up the mood of the moment, it’s apparently a favourite of blackfly and good companion plant for tomatoes and strawberries. Wow! Literally a Star-flower!

  9. Flighty says:

    Caro good for you! I let it self-seed and collect some of the seed as well just in case it doesn’t.
    It’s one of those ‘must have in garden’ plants that for sure. xx

  10. Doris says:

    I feel the same way you do about summer. I prefer spring and fall actually. Does Chicory grow wild in your area? It does here in Quebec (and the rest of Canada) and I have always enjoyed the flowers.

    • Flighty says:

      Doris good for you, they’re much better seasons! It is a wild flower over here according to my book but I’ve never seen it outside of gardens. xx

  11. That chicory looks lovely – and borage was already on my wishlist, all the more so now. I bin the J Parker catalogue when it arrives now, too many bad experiences of the wrong things turning up or not growing well, but I know what you mean about the temptation of what I tend to call Plant Porn – I am attempting to wean myself of it by sticking to Seed Porn. In principle this should be cheaper. In practice, because each packet is “only £1.70”, I buy many packets, and then keel over when I see the total. It’s no good, I am an addict. My only hope lies in learning to save more of my own seed and weaning myself off the urge to try new things. Yeah right.

  12. Flighty says:

    Janet they’re two lovely, and well worth having in the garden, plants!
    It’s the wholesale catalogue which various people at my horticultural society order from as a single order otherwise I wouldn’t have seen it.
    Aren’t all gardeners seedoholics so you’re in good company! Surely saving our own seed gives more to spend on other plants. xx

  13. oanh says:

    I don’t like summertime much, either, Flighty, although our definitions of summer might be a wee bit different 🙂 Of course, I’ve got a whole new array of weather to get used to now!

  14. Donna says:

    Thanks for pointing me to this post, I wouldn’t have known these had such pretty flowers. I think I’m probably sowing at the wrong time of year for flowers but I’ll use it as a salad crop for now and sow some more in the spring and let them go to flower.

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