More plot delights

It’s continued to be dry and very warm so I’ve been plotting early. The comfrey had finished flowering so I cut it back to ground level then put it all on the compost heap.  Both ponds were no longer visible so I’ve tidied up round them.

On Monday morning I was pleased to a see variety of wildlife.  I glimpsed a bright sky-blue damselfly which flew across in front of me,  a fox on a nearby path before it disappeared in the long grass, a young robin a couple of times and this Gatekeeper (?) butterfly on a cosmos Sonata White flower.

The foliage is now dying back on the first early potatoes Swift so I pulled up one plant to see what I would find.

The leaves on the cucumbers Bedfordshire Prize are hiding a lot of flowers and forming fruit.

The nasturtiums are beginning to appear with the red Tip Top Mahogany flowers, which seem to glow with their golden-yellow centres.

Yesterday morning started off cool and cloudy which was ideal for watering all round.  The forecast is for the dry and warm weather to continue at least into next week.

Have a good weekend!


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20 Responses to More plot delights

  1. Jo says:

    Plenty going on at the plot just now. Those nasturtiums are a gorgeous colour. It started off the same here yesterday too but the sun soon came out and it was another gorgeous day.

  2. CJ says:

    Love those deep red nasturtiums, so pretty. Great to see the first potatoes up, and completely blemish-free, well done you. It’s almost chilly here this morning, but no doubt it will warm up soon. Have a good weekend Flighty. CJ xx

  3. Liz says:

    Those nasturtiums are gorgeous! The potatoes look good; cucumbers too.
    After several very rainy days we are due for a heat wave through the weekend.

    • Flighty says:

      Liz I’m glad you like them. The potatoes tasted good as well, fingers crossed that the cucumbers will. We could do with some rain here rather than more warm sunshine. xx

  4. Jade says:

    So fortunate of you to be able to see a variety of wildlife on the plot! That butterfly on the white cosmos is such a pretty sight!
    Your potato plant is so productive and the potatoes look really good.
    Hope you will be getting some rain despite the dry forecast!
    Thanks and same to you!

    • Flighty says:

      Jade it certainly is and I’m always happy to see it. Thanks, I’m glad you like it. The potatoes taste good as well.
      I hope so too, but there’s none forecast for a while. xx

  5. menhir1 says:

    Hi Mr F,
    The butterfly you query, (The Gatekeeper perhaps), is the one i took a photo of on my woodland walk. It was so well camouflaged, with just its ‘eye on the wing’ showing, it did not show up well enough in the picture I took with my phone camera, for my post. It looks fine on the tablet, but would require to be much closer and so more defined, as a compressed jpeg.
    The cucumber flowers are delightful and the Nasturtiums are truly vibrant. They’re great in salads if you like a mild peppery, nutty touch.
    Have a nice weekend. xxx

    • Flighty says:

      Menhir I now think that it could be a Meadow Brown. There are several that look very similar and need a close look to identify correctly.
      If all the cucumbers turn to fruit I’ll end up with lots. They sure are, and I still haven’t tried them in a salad. Thanks, and you too. xx

  6. lowcarbdiabeticJan says:

    Lovely to see all of your photographs here.
    Love the colour of the nasturtiums.

    All the best Jan

  7. Your plot looks lovely. My potatoes have been completely destroyed by blight for the first time ever. I know how my Irish ancestors must have felt!

  8. I love those nasturtiums – none of mine are flowering yet. So many leaves in the garden are scorched. I don’t think I’ve seen as much as that before now. Rain please.

  9. snowbird says:

    Those earlies look marvelous, as does everything else on the plot. I wonder if that fox is foxy from last year? It is wonderful seeing all the wildlife, they must be grateful for your ponds during these endlessly dry

  10. nikkipolani says:

    I see nasturtiums are doing well everywhere — that dark red one is a beauty. As is your butterfly visitor.

    • Flighty says:

      Nikki they’re another flower now struggling in the dry warm weather, I agree. It’s been good to see lots over the past couple of weeks. xx

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