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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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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Summertime plotting

I’ve lifted the first beetroot Babybeat, which as you can see was no bigger than a golfball. It cooked quickly and tasted delicious.

Further to last Thursday’s post I’m pleased to see that nearly all the dwarf French beans Sprite that I sowed have germinated and started growing.

I was expecting this cosmos to be either white or yellow!  I guess that it’s a Sonata Mixed that got in with the Sonata White seeds.

There are a few cornflowers Polka Dot starting to flower, and it was good to see a Small Skipper butterfly on one this morning.

Have a good weekend!

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White and blue

A flower I grow every year is love-in-a-mist (nigella damascena), usually the popular variety Persian Jewels Mixed, which I mostly leave to self-seed. There aren’t as many as some years, and as usual there is a mix of white and blue flowers, both doubles and singles,  spread throughout the flower patch including among the lavender and collomia.

   

  

It’s worth noting that Chiltern Seeds say that these lovely flowers can be sown as late as August to bloom in early October.

If, like me, you like white flowers then how about these poached egg plants (limnanthes douglasii Meringue).

Have a good week!

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This week I’ve sown…

the last of the flowers and vegetables that I’m growing this year.

The climbing French beans Sultana and runner beans Red Rum have been slow and erratic to germinate and grow.  I only want eight of each but in case I don’t end up with that number I’ve also sown some dwarf French beans Sprite. 

The California poppies (eschscholzia californica), which self-seeded from last year, are now starting to flower.  As well as the eye-catching orange ones there’s also a creamy white one.

Here’s a couple more pot marigolds Flighty’s favourites.

Have a good weekend!

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At the moment I’m pleased…

to see that, with one or two exceptions, everything – flowers, soft fruit and vegetables –  are all doing well.   Here are a few of the best of Flighty’s flowers so far this year.

Cosmos are one of my favourite flowers, especially white ones, and this year I’m growing Sonata White which only grows to less than two feet.  This one didn’t wait to get anywhere near that height as it’s only six inches.

The rather uncommon collomia grandiflora is the best it’s ever been.

I wonder how many different colour combinations of the more familiar pot marigolds Flighty’s favourites will appear this year.

Lastly it’s Nikki‘s birthday on Tuesday and I always give her a rose Pretty Lady.   Happy birthday, I hope that you have a lovely day.   xx

Have a good week!

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Tree following, June 2018

Liz – I took these pictures here in Lexington, Kentucky last Thursday on a bright sunny morning. One shows that the black walnut is now in full leaf and almost hides the mistletoe that was visible towards the top right.  The other shows where the trunk has forked at some stage, and also the shape of the leaves.

      

It’s a minor miracle that I managed to take these pictures as I was standing on the dog leash when I did.  Dulcie (left) has adopted Charley’s role of let’s get this over with whilst Sophie is being quite good.

  

Mike –  The medlars flowered soon after last months post with the large white flowers only lasting a few days, and as can be seen numerous fruit buds are already starting to form.

   

Our thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting Tree following. If anyone wants to find more, and perhaps follow a tree, please click on the link over on the right-hand side.

Have a good weekend!

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