I’ve hardly mentioned…

the pot marigolds Flighty’s favourites this year, and only shown a few pictures, as they didn’t fare well though the dry, hot summer. Thankfully the recent cooler, damp weather seems to have revived them and are now flowering again.

  

There’s the full range of colours –  yellow, orange and biscuit – in various combinations, along with a few of the creamy-white variety Snow Princess. 

    

It’s the horticultural society show on Saturday and this year I’m really struggling to find anything suitable so it looks like I’ll only have a handful of entries at most.  Once again I’ll be there all day helping and stewarding, which I’m looking forward to.

Have a good weekend!

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I grow plants…

I meant to take some photos yesterday for today’s post but got side-tracked chatting with a plot neighbour and I forgot. It’s raining today, which is typical for an August Bank Holiday Sunday, so I didn’t even have a quick look round the plot on my way to the horticultural society trading shed.

I came across this recently which I like, both the picture and words.

Have a good week!

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It’s good to see…

that the cooler temperatures, along with a little rain, has meant that some of the annuals are starting to flower again, such as this orange nasturtium.  The cosmos are still flowering profusely, and I’m pleased to see that a few of the yellow Xanthos have finally appeared.

     

There are plenty of flowers on the runner beans Red Rum which hopefully will now set and give me more than the few that I’ve been picking so far.  I’m picking plenty of ripe tomatoes Gardener’s Delight and Golden Sunrise.  These ones are in a six inch plant pot saucer to give an indication of size.  The later variety turn golden yellow, like the one at the top, when fully ripe.

    

I pruned the lavenders on Monday, which has to be the nicest smelling job to do on the plot.  As I finished I noticed a Sloe (or Hairy) Shieldbug on one of the plants.  I’ve also made a start on collecting flower seeds, beginning with the sunflowers Ring of Fire which the ring-necked parakeets have evidently been chomping.

Have a good weekend!

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Two plot perennials

One plant which has been completely unaffected by the weather this year is the crocosmia which has done really well with lots of  bright orange-red flowers contrasting with the green sword-like leaves.

The same can be said of the very different looking sedums, which will be flowering soon at the other end of the plot.

This coming week I’ll be spending time on the flower patches dead-heading, weeding round and starting to collect seed.

Have a good week!

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It was cooler and dry…

this week so I’ve been lifting some potatoes Charlotte which, as usual, are looking good and a reasonable size.  I’ve also been picking some runner beans Red Rum, not many but enough for a few meals.

It won’t be long before I’ll be picking the first of the yellow tomatoes Golden Sunrise.  At home on the windowsill I have a tomato Sweet & Neat Red which produced plenty of flowers but only this one fruit developed, which is shown bigger than actual size in the photo.  However a second plant looks like it will develop a few more than that. One year I hope to grow one only around a foot or so tall, rather than the two feet mine reach, and which, according to what’s written on the packet, will produce an abundance of delicious fruit in clumps like grapes all summer long.

      

Among the self-seeded cosmos from last year are a pink flowering one and a smaller white one with pink round the yellow centre.

   

Today it’s raining but tomorrow onwards is looking reasonable again.

Have a good weekend!

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Last week started off…

dry and hot but ended cool and damp which was most welcome.  I picked some of the dwarf French beans Sultana  which are no more than four inches long so only need top and tailing then cutting in half.  I also picked, cooked and ate the first couple of sweet corn Lark cobs which, needless to say, were delicious.

The rose Pretty Lady has been flowering continuously since late May, and this is another of the sunflowers Music Box.

    

This bee is on one of the cosmos that self-seeded from last year.

It looks like it may rain a couple of days next week and the temperature around 20 C/70 F, which suits me for plotting so I may dig up some potatoes.

Have a good week!

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Tree following, August 2018

Liz – These pictures of the black walnut were taken three weeks ago, a couple of days before a storm came through Lexington, Kentucky. With winds reaching 70 mph it knocked down trees and there was no electricity for a day.

As you can see this tree has a lovely canopy, and a closer look reveals that one of the limbs has been badly scarred as shown in the two photos below.

 

My thanks to Mike for letting me post here.

     

Mike –  As I mentioned last month the medlars are full of fruit and I took a closer look at them a few days ago.  Each one is about the size of a golf ball and still very hard.

     

With an open bottom these fruits are very distinctive.  I will now be checking them periodically over the coming weeks to see if they show any sign of ripening.

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, then please click on the link shown on the right-hand side.

Have a good weekend!

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