Plotting and blogging

I’ve not done much plotting lately as I’ve been mostly harvesting and pottering. Nor have I done as much dead-heading as I intended, despite which all the annuals are still nicely blooming away.

This sunny sunflower Music Box is barely knee-high, and it’s always interesting to see the backs of the pot marigold petals before they fully open.


The rhubarb was disappointing earlier in the year as it died off much too quickly, due I guess to the weather and dry conditions.  However it has fully regrown in recent weeks and I’ve picked several lots.  Normally it would be too late to be doing this but they’ve been well worth harvesting.   The frost in late April killed off new growth on the grape vine and I thought that I would lucky to see grapes this year.  However the vine is full of  them and I hope that they ripen as most years they don’t.


It’s good to see two blog friends posting again after an absence of around eighteen months. Glo says that she’s been  Away with the fairies according to her poem, and do have a look at the delightful video she’s made.  Julie’s welcome Back Into the World of Blogging post pictures some of the butterflies that she’s seen in her garden recently.

Another post well worth looking at is Nicola’s Wynyard Hall Gardens , which certainly looks like being a place to visit if you live in, or ever visit, that part of the county.

Have a good week!


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26 Responses to Plotting and blogging

  1. Linda Penney says:

    Awesome update again thank you for sharing have a blessed Sunday

  2. Nichola x says:

    I’m glad the rhubarb managed to revive itself, I lost one last year to naughty slugs that ate every bit of it (it was only a little one but still!) Thankyou for sharing my visit too 😊 Looking forward to your next update x

  3. Julie says:

    Thank you for the welcome back and the link to my blog :o) Lovely photo of the sunflower’s face bathed in sunshine and such a pretty colour marigold. Enjoy your Sunday. xx

  4. CJ says:

    Yes, my rhubarb went the same way in the dry weather. Deadheading needed here too. Have a good Sunday Flighty. CJ xx

  5. Jo says:

    How lovely to be picking rhubarb at this time of year, a very welcome treat. Deadheading has been rather neglected here this year but the plants still seem to go on flowering anyway.

  6. Liz says:

    It has been a strange year weather-wise. Glad to hear you’ve been able to harvest rhubarb and those grapes look almost ready to eat. The marigolds are charming and you caught the sunflower in a lovely light.

    • Flighty says:

      Liz I agree, and it has been here as well. Thanks, and I might try a grape during the week to see what it’s like. They sure are, and I’m well pleased with the sunflower picture. xx

  7. Do you have any tips about buying rhubarb to grow? Can one grow it from seed or does it always come as a plant? Any recommendations about varieties? Until I read this post I’d just thought of rhubarb being rhubarb. Now I have an allotment I will have choices to make!

    • Flighty says:

      Lucy I got given mine by a plot neighbour. It can be grown from seed but most people buy plants. Not really as I don’t even know what variety mine is. Have a look at the rhubarb page on this website which I find really useful –
      you can set the site to your local area/town to give sowing and planting dates.
      Another good site is MoreVeg – – if you only want small quantities of seeds.
      I would also find out if you have a local allotment or horticultural society as they’re likely to have a shop or trading shed of some kind. xx

  8. Thanks, Mike. I’ve bookmarked both sites for looking at properly later. The allotment has a shed from which it sells things in big bags. Not sure what yet. (Potting compost? etc.) I think in season it also sells members’ spare plants. A lot of rhubarb is grown on these allotments so at least I know it suits the climate. However, I thought, what with starting from scratch, I might try making a specific decision rather than just going with whatever happens to be available at the time.

    • Flighty says:

      Lucy you’re welcome, and I hope that they’re interesting and useful. You’ll probably find that it sells all sorts of things. A good idea, especially if you like rhubarb. xx

  9. Lots of lovely looking life on the plot! My rhubarb is always disappointing unfortunately, how do you feed yours?

  10. menhir1 says:

    Nature is surprising and amazing! She’s offered you a slow burn with lots to please; those grapes and the rhubarb being just a couple of delights. xxx

  11. Faye says:

    What a lovely update — all looks really great. Thanks for mentioning your rhubarb. Mine has done the same as yours, but thought the second round would not be worth picking. Will definitely have a go!

  12. snowbird says:

    Good to hear you are picking rhubarb, I have my fingers crossed for your grapes. Love the little sunflower and of course your

  13. snowbird says:

    Oh yes….soooo good to see all is well with

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