A dismal weekend…

weather-wise is both unseasonable and unwelcome at this time of year.  Yesterday was mostly breezy, cool and dull and today looks like being the same.

As this coming week is British Flowers Week I thought that I’d show a few of Flighty’s favourite flowers that are blooming on the plot at the moment.

Last week the cheery pot marigolds started appearing, here’s the first of them along with a yellow one.

Pot marigold (15-1)  Pot marigold (15-3)

The blue and white love-in-a-mist is looking wonderful.

Blue and white love-in-a-mist

Sadly the oriental poppies suffered in the rain and wind on Friday night but looked great for a few days beforehand.

Oriental poppies

On Friday I posted this picture of the rose Pretty Lady in full bloom on the Facebook group Friendly Gardeners since when it’s received 140 likes and various comments.

Rose 'Pretty  Lady' in full bloom

Have a good week, and happy gardening!

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Happy birthday Nikki

This year I’ve been spoilt for choice as to what plot flowers to give Nikki for her birthday.

There’s this creamy-white California poppy –

California poppy for Nikki's birthday

And this oriental poppy –

Oriental poppy for Nikki's birthday

Not forgetting one of the many roses Pretty Lady –

Rose 'Pretty Lady' for Nikki's birthday

Have a lovely day!  Flighty xx

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Tree Following, June 2015 – A fig tree

A couple of months ago the fig tree had plenty of immature fruit showing and plot neighbour Trevor, who’s tree it is, said that he was hopeful it would be a good year.

The leaning fig tree

Unfortunately since then nearly all the fruit has dropped off the tree due, he thinks, to the cool and windy weather during May.  This was the only fig that I could see when I took these pictures last week.

A fig

What was also noticeable was the now impressive size of the leaves, this one being bigger than my hand, as well as the colour and shape.

Fig tree leaf

See Lucy’s Tree Following post for what this is all about, and this one for links to other Tree Following posts for this month.

Have a good weekend!

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Tree Following, June 2015 – Liz’s Stewartia

Mother’s Day here in the USA is during May, unlike Mothering Sunday in the UK which is the fourth Sunday of Lent during March.

Liz's Stewartia June '15-1

And so it was on a lovely day in May I fell for the Stewartia then in full bloom and was blessed with it as a Mother’s Day gift. However the beauty of it, at least of the flowers, is sadly rather fleeting I find, as they come and are gone in little over a week.

Liz's Stewartia June '15-2    Liz's Stewartia June '15-3

These pictures perfectly illustrate how I succumbed to it’s come hither looks! This is it’s fifteen minutes of fame for this year.

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

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

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Collomia grandiflora…

is probably the least common flower that I grow on the plot.  It originates in the west of North America, has reddish knee-high stems, narrow pointed green leaves and a crown of tiny flowers.

Collomia grandiflora

I was originally sent a few plants back in May 2010 by Ellen,  a friend on the Allotments4All forum.  In her letter she wrote…Best of luck with the plants, if not then perhaps some seeds in the autumn.   Despite my best efforts they didn’t fare well in the hot weather, and sadly I was unable to ask her for some seeds as she died that autumn.

Early in 2011 I bought a packet of Collomia grandiflora seeds from Chiltern Seeds since when they’ve always grown, flowered and self-seeded for the next year.

Collomia grandiflora flowers

ellie2catsThey’re not a showy, or long lasting, flower but they certainly are one of Flighty’s favourites.  Seeing them also reminds me of Ellen, ellie2cats on the forum, and I quietly thank her for them.

Have a good week!

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Blowy and blooming

It wasn’t the best of starts to June as on Monday night and right through Tuesday it was very windy for much of the time.  Thankfully when I looked round yesterday all was okay. I was especially relieved that the rose Pretty Lady hadn’t suffered as it’s now in full bloom.

The rose 'Pretty lady in full bloom

The dogwood (cornus alba …?…) is also in full flower and buzzing with bees.

Bee on a dogwood flower

The beans, dwarf French and runner, and sweet corn that I sowed at the beginning of last week are starting to appear.   And weeding through the pot marigolds I can see lots of buds nestling in the leaves.

More love-in-a-mist-flowers are appearing including white ones, and some of the potatoes are flowering.

White love-in-a-mist   Potato flowers

There are at least a dozen flower buds on the oriental poppy which, given a bit of warm sunshine, should start flowering in the next few days.

Oriental poppy about to flower

Next week I hope to harden off then plant out the cucumbers and tomatoes, providing the weather is okay and night time temperatures stay in double figures centigrade.

Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!

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All the way to Z

When I commenced the Plot A to Z occasional series back in October 2010 with the post Starting with A I never envisaged that it would take to now to reach Z. This final post is in two parts as I’ve divided it into T and U to Z.

Tomatoes 'Gardener's Delight'T is notable for one of the best tasting vegetables that I grow, namely tomatoes. Despite the ever present problem of blight I think that they’re worth growing simply to enjoy picking and eating a juicy, sun-warmed one and savouring the taste.   I generally only grow half a dozen plants which always include the ever popular variety Gardener’s Delight.

 

Yellow tulip

 

Tulips are lovely flowers but I don’t grow them every year, which I always regret when I don’t.  I grow them in containers where they generally do well.

One problem that I always have is choosing what varieties of tulips to grow. I’ve grown red and yellow ones in the past but not white ones.

 

Moving on to U to Z there is really nothing that I grow on the plot starting with these letters, although I have grown courgettes in the past which are also known as zucchini. I’ve not grown zinnias but may well try some next year as they are, apparently, an easy sow-and-forget flower and I like the look of the variety Polar Bear.

This series has been fun to do, and I must especially thank Glo (Porcelain Rose)  for kindly doing a wonderful award for each of the previous posts.

Have a good week!

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Edited Tuesday 2nd June to include this much appreciated Tuvwxyz award from Glo!

Tuvwxyz Award

 

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