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It rained most of Monday and Tuesday was an all-seasons day with some hail, intermittent sunshine, heavy showers and high winds.

A robinYesterday a robin kept me company but this was the only photo that I managed to take of it. Today a flock of very raucous starlings were on the site.

With hopefully better weather coming I’ll be sowing the first dwarf French beans Stanley, climbing French beans Barlotto Lingua di Fuoco, runner beans St George and sweetcorn SevilleF1.

Growing among the poached egg plants (limnanthes douglasii) is love-in-a-mist (nigella damascena) which is just about to start flowering, and the dogwood is looking interesting.

Love-in-a-mist buds  Dogwood flower buds

The Californian poppies (eschscholzia californica) continue to delightful with their bright orange and yellow silk-like flowers.

Orange  & yellow California poppies

Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!

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Weekend plotting

When I go plotting during the week I’m generally there well before 9 am and come home for lunch around midday.  It’s usually quiet and I only see one or two plot neighbours, including John who walks round to feed three lots of chickens and is often accompanied by my four-legged friend Jake.

Weekend plotting is different as on Saturdays I go to the supermarket and library first so I don’t usually get to the plot until after 10 am, when I mostly potter and take stock on what I’ve done during the week and what I’m hoping to do the following week.

The hawthornAt this time of year I tend to see more people on Sunday mornings and today was no exception.  I trimmed the hawthorn and was constantly stopping to say hello, and in most cases chat for a while.

Mid-morning I went across to the horticultural trading shed for a couple of items where I chatted with a couple of people I’ve not seen for a while and shared a few biscuits with Marley, a big softie Staffie.

The forecast is for heavy rain and windy most of tomorrow, but later in the week it’s looking better so I hope to put up my runner bean canes.

Have a good week!

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A May medley

What blossom there is on the hawthorn tree is mostly hidden from view by the glossy green leaves.

Hawthorn blossom

The California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) are providing a real hot-spot on the plot.

California poppy

The crows seem to be making frequent use of the dustbin lid pond for drinking and dunking stale bread.

Crow drinking from the pond

And the honey bees are all over the poached egg plant (limnanthes douglasii) flowers.

Honey bee on a poached egg plant flower

It’s overcast and raining today so I’m staying at home, and this afternoon will be sofa flying with a good book, a cup of tea and a couple of biscuits.

Have a good weekend!

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Tree Following, May 2015 – A fig tree

I wouldn’t have been able to take this picture a few weeks ago as between me and the fig tree was a shed which Trevor decided that he better dismantle before it collapsed and possibly damaged the tree.

The fig tree early May 2015

What is noticeable is the way the tree leans away from where the shed was and the bare truck up to ten feet or so on this side.  I’ve mentioned before about the roots being constrained and you can clearly see the tops of the buried paving slabs.

The tree is now showing leaves which are bright green and an interesting shape.

Fig tree leaf early May 2015Next month I hope to be looking at the forming figs in more detail.

See Lucy’s Tree Following post for details of what it’s all about, and this one for links to others tree followers posts for this month.

Happy tree following!

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So far it’s all looking good

There were a couple of very windy days during last week with some heavy rain at times. Thankfully all was okay when I checked the following day.  Looking round this morning I was pleased to see that so far it’s all looking good, with even the row of carrots having appeared at long last. This is a view looking west across the flower patch, the lavenders and perennial cornflowers, then over the path to the strawberries and the potatoes. Another plot view The California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) and poached egg plants (Limnanthes douglasii) have started to flower.

California poppies (1)   Poached egg plant flowers (1)

Red ValerianI was given this plant last year which I think is red valerian (Centranthus ruber) which bees and butterflies like. I really must find a home for it out on the plot.

The gladioli have just started to appear, as has the dahlia I planted in the square container.

Happy gardening, and have a good week!

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Tree Following, May 2015 – Liz’s Stewartia

The saying is that April showers bring May flowers, and goodness we have had one of the wettest Aprils on record here in Kentucky.

The Stewartia has  now leafed out and is looking green and glossy.

Liz's Stewartia end of April 2015    Close-up of Liz's Stewartia end of April 2015

The close-up picture shows that the May flowers are not quite here, but the buds are clearly forming.  The white blob in the background is Charlie, one of my two dogs, who doesn’t usually appear for a photo shoot.  Perhaps he’s indicating the colour of the camellia-like flowers that hopefully will have bloomed for the June post.

See Lucy’s Tree Following post for details of what it’s all about, and this one for links to other tree followers posts for this month.

My thanks to Mike for letting me guest post, and to Lucy for hosting Tree Following.

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It’s Bank Holiday Sunday…

and all too typically it’s chilly and wet.

I’ve been enjoying my various narcissi since mid-March but they are now almost finished with these small, white multi-headed ones being among the last to flower.

Multi-headed white narcissus

The rose Pretty Lady is now in full leaf, has lots of buds forming and looks like flowering earlier than it used to.

Rose 'Pretty Lady' looking good

The love-in-a-mist (nigella damescena) has such vivid green feathery foliage.

Love-in-a-mist  foliage

The hawthorn has got some, partly hidden, tiny white flower buds.

Hawthorn flower buds

I’m hoping to sow some flower seeds during the coming week but it looks like it’s going to be rather blustery with some heavy rain at times.  I’m still trying to decide what to sow and where as part of the flower patch is now covered with self-sown flower seedlings.

Self-seeded flowers!

Happy gardening, and have a good week!

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