Plot delights

There has been no rain for at least the past couple of weeks and the ground surface is now dusty with cracks appearing all over.  When it’s dry like this I water all round weekly, using two watering cans, and if need be also selectively between times as well.

It’s been good to see some butterflies over the past week including white ones on the lavender and yesterday morning this Small Tortoiseshell on the blackberries.

Much as I like strawberries I do prefer raspberries and I’m now picking them to bring home as well as eating some whilst at the plot.

It looks like being another dry and rather warm week so I’ll just be pottering enjoying the flowers like these zingy pot marigolds (calendula officinalis) Flighty’s favourites.

My thanks to Thompson and Morgan for giving me a mention in their recent blog post Easy gardening tips from the experts.

Have a good week!

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28 Responses to Plot delights

  1. Jenny Aspin says:

    Those raspberries look so delicious!

  2. CJ says:

    It’s really dry now isn’t it. And no rain forecast for ages that I can see. My raspberries aren’t ready yet, but I prefer them to strawberries as well. I do have lots of tayberries though. They tend to ripen over a couple of weeks, then they’re over, so I need to make the most of them. Lovely to see Flighty’s Favourites doing well. I have one that will be flowering soon I think. Have a good week. CJ xx

  3. Liz says:

    Those raspberries look yummy I could almost taste them. After a couple of weeks of hot, dry weather when I’ve had to turn the hose on, we have thunder storms today.
    My Sophie thinks she’s a gardener and has been digging up a lot of what I’ve sown –calendulas included.
    Well done for the mention in Thmpson & Morgan. Good advice.

    • Flighty says:

      Liz they taste as good as they look. It sounds like typical summer weather.
      Your comment about Sophie as has me smiling.
      Thanks, it’s always appreciated when I get a mention like that. xx

  4. I really admire (envy) your raspberries. I think my garden is too small for such luxuries.

  5. Linda Penney says:

    Awesome update thank you for sharing and blessings

  6. menhir1 says:

    Super Calendula and luscious raspberries. A nice batch of pictures. xxx

  7. Butterflies and raspberries – real summer xx

  8. Jo says:

    It looks like you’ll be doing a lot more watering this week with the weather as it is. I haven’t seen many butterflies around, I saw quite a few at the beginning of the season but not many at all just lately. Your raspberries look to be doing well. My favourite harvest from my plot were strawberries so it’s this time of year when I miss it most.

    • Flighty says:

      Jo I think that you’re right and I will be. I guess that you may see some this week. I’m well pleased with the raspberries. I’m not surprised, can you grow some at home in containers or hanging baskets. xx

  9. Chloris says:

    The raspberries are wonderful this year. Yours look great.

  10. Raspberries are my favourites too, although I wouldn’t refuse strawberries if you offered them to me!

  11. snowbird says:

    I could do with a little rain too, overnight would do the trick! Lovely raspberries, I love them too, good to know your strawberries are out, I’m enjoying mine too. They rarely get home.xxx

  12. Carrie says:

    Hahaha! Sometimes having double vision does funny things – I read that you ‘secretly’ not ‘selectively’ watered at other times too 🙂 It’s a great image. I think there will be plently of extra watering this week if your weather is to be the same as ours!
    So jealous of your raspberries, we are putting some new canes in this year but we’ll have autumn ones instead. I did have another wee strawberry from my pot though in the back yard 😉
    Much love,

    • Flighty says:

      Carrie I can just see me tip-toeing round the plot watering secretly! Yes the weather has been the same so I’m doing plenty of watering.
      Good for you with the new canes. It sounds like you need a few more strawberry plants.
      Take care, and hugs. xx

  13. Jade says:

    I find butterflies very fascinating. I do love to see them around. Even their larvae are pretty though touching them tend to make my skin itch. You did a great capture of Small Tortoiseshell. Beautiful picture!
    How wonderful to have such a bountiful raspberry harvest! I have never tasted them before but they do look delicious!
    Happy enjoying your beautiful pot marigolds!
    Thanks and same to you!

    • Flighty says:

      Jade I do too. Yes the larvae/caterpillers can do that. Thanks.
      They’re my favourite soft fruit so pleased when I get plenty.
      That’s nice to know. You’re welcome. xx

  14. nikkipolani says:

    Goodness, those raspberries look scrumptious! And more of Flighty’s Favorite marigolds are blooming in my garden — the paler ones this time.

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