Tree Following, June 2016

Liz's Serviceberry Jun'16 - 1

Liz has been busily involved in the forthcoming Lexington in Bloom Contest so she’s not doing a post about her serviceberry this month.

However she did send me these photos last week.

As you can see the red berries are now really prominent compared to last month.



Liz's Serviceberry Jun'16 - 2   Liz's Serviceberry Jun'16' - 3

There has been little change in the young oak tree that I’m following except that the leaves are now a much darker green than they were last month.  For some reason a few of the leaves have died.

Young oak tree leaves & ladybird    Dead young oak tree leaves

Apologies for my brief post, and unlike Liz I really don’t have any excuse.

Have a look at this comprehensive post over on Pat’s The Squirrelbasket blog to see what Tree Following is all about.

Have a good weekend!

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I hope to be plotting

Tomato 'Tiny Tim'

At home I re-potted the TinyTim tomato that I’m growing on the windowsill into a 7″ diameter/3 litre pot. It’s over 6″ high having grown at least an inch in less than a week.

I’ve taken the other varieties to the plot to harden off before planting out.  A couple already have flowers on them.


On the plot the love-in-a-mist (nigella damascena) are starting to flower.

Love-in-a-mist starting to flower   A blue love-in-a-mist flower

It looks like being a good year for the collomia grandiflora.

Collomia grandiflora

The weather forecast is looking better for the coming week so I hope to be plotting most mornings as I’ve plenty of catching up to do.

Have a good week!

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Armchair gardening weather

My post title  last Sunday was rather misleading as it certainly wasn’t sunny,  and hasn’t been since. Not only that it’s been breezy, cool and damp at times, especially Tuesday.

I did some plotting Monday and this morning but I have to say that it was half-hearted at best.   What it has been is armchair gardening weather.

Armchair gardening

This is another fine picture by Stephen Darbishire, one of my favourite painters.

I looked at the Met Office weather forecast earlier and Sunday onwards is looking calmer, drier and warmer.  I hope so as I’ve plenty of hoeing, sowing and weeding to do.

Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!

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It’s a sunny Sunday…

unlike nine years ago which was grey and wet.  That’s the day I started Flighty’s plot in anticipation on taking on an allotment, which I did a few weeks later when I signed the papers for Plot 124A.

I notice that of the friends that commented on my Sunday morning post which I did on 29 June 2007 one was Nikki who has probably commented on most, if not all, of the 1067 posts that I’ve done and Uphilldowndale who had only started her blog two weeks earlier.

Since then I’m happy to say that there have been plenty of ups and only a few downs, and the pleasure I get from plotting and blogging about it has been immeasurable.  The icing on the cake has always been all your comments. There have been over 11, 000 so far, nearly all of which I’ve replied to.

Something else that I’ve always enjoyed doing  is reading, and often commenting, other blogs especially gardening/plotting ones.  One relatively new one is Annabelle’s, who took on her plot last October.  Have a read of her Life at No.27 – the allotment’s view post which I found absolutely delightful.

I was plotting as usual most days last week.  I’m pleased to see the broad beans Karmazyn doing well, and the first row which are now knee high now have flowers on them.  I’m carefully checking them every visit to see if they’re free of blackfly.

Broad beans 'Karmazyn'   Broad beans 'Karmazyn' flowers

I’ve mentioned, and shown, various flowers over the past couple of weeks.  Here are some white California poppies (eschscholzia californica) ,  which I think are the creamy-white variety Alba, rather than the similar but pure white Ivory Castle.

White California poppies

Pot marigolds backI spent Thursday and Friday mornings hand weeding through the large patch where the self-seeded pot marigolds (calendula officinalis) Flighty’s favourites are and I still haven’t finished.  It won’t be long before they start flowering and I’ll be looking to see how many distinct colour variations there are this year.

Rather than show one of my pictures from previous years I thought that you’d be interested to see these pictures which The Cottage Herbery showed on Twitter recently.

Pot marigolds front

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and have a good week!

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A mixed week

A couple of days this week I’ve stood and watched a magpie drink from, then bathe in, the washing up bowl pond by the log pile.  I did wonder why I was having to top this one up almost every visit recently when I don’t usually have to.

The washing up bowl pond

As you can see the rosebay willowherb is growing between the pond and log pile, and the two teasels have grown noticeably in the last few weeks.

Plot hawthorn


I recently noticed that the hawthorn blossom had died almost as soon as it appeared as had leaves around the bottom on the tree as you can see in the picture.

I found out that it’s got fireblight,  and almost certain that I’ll have to cut it down and burn.

I’ll do that later in the year, and start to think what to do with that area next year.


I’ve got a new four legged friend, Riley, who’s a twelve week old mostly black rather exuberant puppy.  He was keen to lick and chew my fingers when I met him on Tuesday. He lives in one of the flats that I pass on the way to the plot so I should see him quite often.

Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!

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More May flowers

Last Monday and Tuesday I concentrated on the vegetable patches.  I planted out the well sprouted Oca tubers, sowed another row of broad bean seeds and hand weeded through the onions and potatoes.

It rained all day Wednesday so Thursday I just spent pottering. On Friday I switched my attention to the flowers and planted out the sunflowers that had been hardening off for a few days.  Despite sprinkling organic pellets around them slugs had nibbled some of the nine dwarf Musicbox ones which I planted in a group. One Mongolian Giant is by the log pile and the other up by the road.  Five of the Valentine  are along the edge of the flower patch next to the east-side path.  They all looked okay this morning when I checked.

The carpet of poached egg plant (limnanthes douglasii) flowers around the dustbin lid pond is looking wonderful,

California poppies and poached egg plant flowers

as are the orange, yellow and white California poppies (eschscholzia californica).

Four California poppies   Creamy white California poppy & green insect

The alliums roseum are now flowering and looking rather pretty.

Allium roseum

Cosmos 'Velouette'This morning I planted out the cosmos that I had started off in pots at home.  Some of the red Veloutte already had a finger nail size flower.  The seeds, a mix of Purity and Velouette that I had sowed direct are now showing and will hopefully grow full size flowers.

Lots of self-sown nasturtium (tropaeolum majus) seedlings have appeared some of which I’ve been transplanting.

The love-in-a-mist (nigella damascena) are showing flower buds in the lovely bright green ferny foliage and the rose Pretty Lady has started flowering.

On the way are plenty of pot marigolds (calendula officinalis) Flighty’s favourites and in the long planter are lots of candytuft (iberis umbellata) Fairy Mixed Colours seedlings.

Have a good week!

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I’ve just realised…

that it’s Thursday and I didn’t do a draft post last night ready for today as I usually do. There are several topics that I could write about but after a busy morning I’m having a relaxing afternoon so here’s a painting by William Mangum that I like and hope you do too.

Picture by William Mangum

Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!

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