Cosmos, tomatoes and comfrey

Further to my recent post about the plot cosmos this one, which is well over five feet high, is now covered in flowers that are four inches across.

I think that it’s possibly the variety Gloria which I have grown in the past. It’s certainly one of the tallest with the biggest flowers that I’ve grown, and is rather impressive.

 

 

I’ve now picked all the tomatoes to ripen at home.  These ones were already on the windowsill and have now been joined by at least twice that amount.

Given that I only grew three each Gardener’s Delight and Golden Sunrise I’m surprised at just how many I ended up with.

 

It’s not that long ago that I cut the comfrey and added it to the compost heap.  Since then it’s regrown and I’ll be cutting it again sometime soon.

Over the past week the weather has been alternating between damp and dull then dry and sunny.  Thankfully it looks like staying cool, dry and sunny through the weekend and into next week.

Have a good weekend!

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Autumn plot delights

On Monday I was delighted to catch a glimpse of a wren on the plot for the first time, although I have occasionally seen one elsewhere on the site.  I also watched a bumblebee going from one cornflower to another. With various other annuals still flowering I’ve somewhat overlooked the California Poppies. As well as the familiar bright orange and vivid yellow ones there are also some white ones.  I think this is the pure white Ivory Castle as, rather confusingly, the other variety Alba has creamy-white flowers.

  

The asters are now in full flower with both the familiar blue Michaelmas daisies,

and the aster pringleii Monte Cassino with small white, yellow centred flowers which I call Twinkling Stars.

It was dry, sunny and warm through to Thursday but since then it has been wet and windy at times, with some heavy rain due today and a damp and dull day forecast for tomorrow.  With cooler temperatures and less sunshine next week I think that I’ll pick the remaining tomatoes to ripen at home.

Have a good week!

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Tree following, October 2018

Liz’s black walnut –

A couple of weeks ago here in Lexington, Kentucky I noticed that there were just remnants of the caterpillar tent that I mentioned and showed last month, seen here towards the top left of the picture, and they appear to have been eating the leaves.

 

 

The walnut pods are now starting to ripen then drop, and the leaves are turning yellow. Both are a sure sign that fall (autumn) is now well under way.

 

 

 

Mike’s medlars –

As you can see there are lots of fruit on these trees and the leaves are still mostly green.

There are a few yellow leaves, mostly hidden away, but I guess that’s due to a continuing lack of water.  Some of the fruit are  becoming lighter and beginning to soften slightly following which they’ll presumably start to drop.

Our thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting Tree following.  If you want to see what it’s all about, and maybe even follow a tree,  click on the link over to the right-hand side.

Have a good weekend!

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The plot cosmos…

have done really well again this year and are still flowering, with one plant only starting late last week.

There is an patch of taller self-seeders which are mostly in various colour combinations of pink, red and white.

   

In another area I’ve grown the knee-high variety Sonata White for the first time in preference to the much taller Purity. I’ve been well pleased with them so saved plenty of seed for next year when I hope to grow lots more.

Along with these I grew the low growing bushy yellow Xanthos which have much smaller flowers.

It was damp and dull yesterday but much better today, although a touch chilly.  Next week looks like being mostly dry and sunny again with temperatures reaching the low 20’s C (low 70’s F) by mid-week.

Have a good week!

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This week has been…

a rather seedy one so far.

I’ve been collecting flower seeds on the plot and sorting them at home.  I spend about an hour most days doing the later switching between the pot marigolds Flighty’s favourites, cosmos Sonata White and sunflowers Musicbox, with some the latter shown here.

I’m also collecting the runner bean Red Rum seeds which were in pods not suitable for eating.  These will be kept and used through the winter.

 

Further to my comment last Sunday I placed a small order with Chiltern Seeds for some flower seeds.

I’ve also placed a small order with MoreVeg for most of the vegetable seeds that I want for next year.

I’ve no doubt that I’ll be ordering more over the coming months,  swapping some with fellow growers and buying a few packets at the horticultural society trading shed once the new stock of Kings Seeds arrives.

Have a good weekend!

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Heading into October…

I’ll be starting to wind down on the plot.  Once I’ve picked the last runner beans and tomatoes I’ll pull up the plants, take down the canes and roughly fork the ground over.        That will just leave the flower patches to clear once they finish flowering and I’ve collected all the seed that I want.

I hope to resume digging out and sieving compost from the communal wood chip bays as I have done the past couple of years.  I’ll do one barrow load most plot visits through the autumn and winter, weather permitting.  Late winter or early spring I intend to  completely empty the plot compost bin which I’ve not done for some years.  It’s nearly full and has a thick layer of grass cuttings on the top keeping it hot underneath.

It was a glorious sunny day yesterday when I took these pictures.  The teasel seed heads are over six feet high whilst the nasturtium is nestling near the ground in a sheltered spot.

   

It’s the Chiltern Seeds autumn sale with 20% off (use discount code SALE18) until the 14th October so I’ll be sorting out an order during the next few days.

Have a good week!

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It’s been ideal plotting weather…

this week having been dry, sunny and reasonably warm, especially today, after a chilly start. I’ve planted out the two lots of daffodils, dug up the gladioli and taken down one lot of climbing bean canes.

You would have thought it was summer this morning as there was plenty of colour with the summer annual flowers and I picked yet more runner beans and tomatoes but the dogwood ( top left in the picture) is telling a different story as the leaves are going red prior to dropping.  Another hint of autumn are the numerous red hips on the dog rose.

I’ve started thinking about next year with what vegetables to grow, where and in what quantities.  I’ve no doubt that my preliminary list will change a few times over the coming months.  The broad beans didn’t do well again this year so I probably won’t grow them next year and use the space to try some beans dwarf French Borlotto Di Vigevano Nano instead.

It looks like the good weather is set to continue dry and sunny, but a touch cooler, to end the month.

Have a good weekend!

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