It’s not often that…

I get to do some plotting every weekday morning as I did last week. Not only that but I was also pleased that I did all I wanted to do and more besides, which certainly doesn’t happen very often.

I’ve now sowed just about all the flower seeds, planted all the gladioli corms and put up the climbing bean canes.  I even started cutting the grass paths again on Friday.

The robin was around but his visits were fleeting as presumably he’s feeding the nesting female and maybe even youngsters. One morning I stood and watched a male Orange-tip butterfly flutter around the plot but it didn’t settle on any of the flowers or plants.

Bumble bees are amazing and I watched this one on the perennial cornflower (centaurea montana) working it’s way from flower to flower.  Another welcome sight were a handful of goldfinches that swooped across and landed on the adjacent plot for a few moments before flying off.


At home the tomatoes, cosmos and sunflowers are all doing well but only a few of the sweet corn germinated so I’ve sown some more.  Depending on how well these do I may well end up having to sow direct at the end of the month.

Yesterday was dull and it rained through the afternoon and into the evening.  Thankfully today and into next week is looking dry and sunny so I guess that I’ll be mostly hoeing, weeding and grass cutting.

Have a good week!


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22 Responses to It’s not often that…

  1. Jo says:

    It sounds like you’ve been busy, but in a good way. Fingers crossed for more fine weather, you’ll be ahead of the game at this rate.

  2. Bees – I’m a bit worried about pollination. I’ve inherited an apple tree on my allotment. It’s had lots of blossom but I’ve only seen four bees so far – and one of them was half dead.
    Sowed seeds for bright orange marigolds with spiky petals. I know they aren’t the proper ‘Pot’ kind but I thought of you while I sowed them all the same.

    • Flighty says:

      Lucy don’t be worried about it, I sure that plenty of bees having been pollinating it.
      Good for you. That’s nice to know. I’ll be happy to send you some proper ‘Flighty’s favourites next year. xx

  3. Lots going on at the plot. Keep at it with the robin!

  4. Menhir1 says:

    Delighted you got all your planting, and terra manicuring completed. You’ll not only be pleased about it all, you’ll be feeling all the fitter for it, too.

    I had time to put out a few pots of herbs, a gift, by reorganising to get space on some stepped broken flag stones, do a little light weeding, getting stung by nettles for my efforts; I should have worn gloves. Today is a write-off. My hand is probably very grateful!

    • Flighty says:

      Menhir thanks, and I like the expression terra manicuring. I’m generally pleased, and hopefully fitter.
      Good for you. I rarely wear gloves but thankfully don’t have any nettles on the plot. I hope that your hand is better today. xx

  5. Thanks Flighty. You have a good Week too and let’s hope the weather allows for more gardening

  6. CJ says:

    You’ve been busy, well done. I got my runner bean plants in today. Hopefully my crushed eggshells will deter the slugs. Didn’t get round to cutting the grass though, that will have to wait. Happy plotting in the sun this week Flighty. CJ xx

  7. Lots of orange tip butterflies today. Cornflowers should open this week.

  8. Liz says:

    You have had a busy week and you are well ahead of the game. That’s a good feeling. How nice to have the birds, bees, and butterflies around.

  9. Jade says:

    Thank you and hope you have a great week too! How lovely to see bees, birds and butterflies… reminds me of my childhood garden where we used have them around almost year round.
    Love that new yellow tulips banner! Just noticed it.

    • Flighty says:

      Jade you’re welcome, and thanks. It’s always good to see them.
      It’s just a shame that the yellow tulips didn’t last a while longer. xx

  10. snowbird says:

    Great to hear you have enjoyed such good weather and are now ahead of the game, how true, that’s not usually the case. I could do with a little rain as many plants now need watering as they are wilting…..good to know your wildlife is out and about, I’m amazed at your cornflower in bloom, mine haven’t any buds yet!xxx

    • Flighty says:

      Snowbird thanks and I like to think that I am. I hope that you get some rain. It’s always good to see the wildlife. Enjoy your cornflowers when they do bud then flower. xx

  11. Chloris says:

    Very satisfying when you get chance to get ahead and what joy it is to be outside and enjoying the most glorious month of the year.

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