Into July…

and the dry, very warm weather continues, although there was some welcome steady rain for an hour or so yesterday evening.

Here are some cooler looking creamy-white California poppies (eschscholzia californica) and a pale yellow nasturtium (tropaeolum majus).

     

I picked the first cucumber Bedfordshire Prize yesterday whilst it was still small as there are plenty more to come.

At the the horticultural society trading shed on Sunday morning there was an expected visitor when this young robin flew in.  It took a bit of persuading that it would be better off outside where the dried meal worms were.

The weather looks set to continue as is into early next week at least.

Have a good weekend!

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At the end of June

The lavender is flowering particularly well this year and is buzzing with bees.  It also attracts various butterflies like this Comma that was on it yesterday morning.

A handful of the knee-high sunflowers Musicbox have flowered including this dinky one which is barely six inches tall.

I’m not that keen on these orange nasturtiums but they sure do stand out.

I’m only growing six tomato plants – three each Gardener’s Delight and Golden Sunrise – and for once I’ve remembered to pinch out the side shoots so I won’t end up with a jungle of foliage.  All of them are now flowering.

I spent a couple of afternoons during the week armchair gardening looking through a new bulb catalogue.  Earlier in the year I dug up the assorted taller daffodils which were at the top of the plot near the rhubarb.  I intend buying some nacissus Sweetness and Thalia to plant there in the autumn.  Meanwhile I sowed some candytuft Sparkles (Iberis umbellata) for some summer colour.  They’ve grown well and should be flowering before too long.

It looks like it’s going to be another dry and very warm week so I won’t be doing much on the plot apart from pottering and watering.

Have a good week!

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More plot delights

It’s continued to be dry and very warm so I’ve been plotting early. The comfrey had finished flowering so I cut it back to ground level then put it all on the compost heap.  Both ponds were no longer visible so I’ve tidied up round them.

On Monday morning I was pleased to a see variety of wildlife.  I glimpsed a bright sky-blue damselfly which flew across in front of me,  a fox on a nearby path before it disappeared in the long grass, a young robin a couple of times and this Gatekeeper (?) butterfly on a cosmos Sonata White flower.

The foliage is now dying back on the first early potatoes Swift so I pulled up one plant to see what I would find.

The leaves on the cucumbers Bedfordshire Prize are hiding a lot of flowers and forming fruit.

The nasturtiums are beginning to appear with the red Tip Top Mahogany flowers, which seem to glow with their golden-yellow centres.

Yesterday morning started off cool and cloudy which was ideal for watering all round.  The forecast is for the dry and warm weather to continue at least into next week.

Have a good weekend!

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Plot delights

There has been no rain for at least the past couple of weeks and the ground surface is now dusty with cracks appearing all over.  When it’s dry like this I water all round weekly, using two watering cans, and if need be also selectively between times as well.

It’s been good to see some butterflies over the past week including white ones on the lavender and yesterday morning this Small Tortoiseshell on the blackberries.

Much as I like strawberries I do prefer raspberries and I’m now picking them to bring home as well as eating some whilst at the plot.

It looks like being another dry and rather warm week so I’ll just be pottering enjoying the flowers like these zingy pot marigolds (calendula officinalis) Flighty’s favourites.

My thanks to Thompson and Morgan for giving me a mention in their recent blog post Easy gardening tips from the experts.

Have a good week!

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Summertime plotting

I’ve lifted the first beetroot Babybeat, which as you can see was no bigger than a golfball. It cooked quickly and tasted delicious.

Further to last Thursday’s post I’m pleased to see that nearly all the dwarf French beans Sprite that I sowed have germinated and started growing.

I was expecting this cosmos to be either white or yellow!  I guess that it’s a Sonata Mixed that got in with the Sonata White seeds.

There are a few cornflowers Polka Dot starting to flower, and it was good to see a Small Skipper butterfly on one this morning.

Have a good weekend!

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White and blue

A flower I grow every year is love-in-a-mist (nigella damascena), usually the popular variety Persian Jewels Mixed, which I mostly leave to self-seed. There aren’t as many as some years, and as usual there is a mix of white and blue flowers, both doubles and singles,  spread throughout the flower patch including among the lavender and collomia.

   

  

It’s worth noting that Chiltern Seeds say that these lovely flowers can be sown as late as August to bloom in early October.

If, like me, you like white flowers then how about these poached egg plants (limnanthes douglasii Meringue).

Have a good week!

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This week I’ve sown…

the last of the flowers and vegetables that I’m growing this year.

The climbing French beans Sultana and runner beans Red Rum have been slow and erratic to germinate and grow.  I only want eight of each but in case I don’t end up with that number I’ve also sown some dwarf French beans Sprite. 

The California poppies (eschscholzia californica), which self-seeded from last year, are now starting to flower.  As well as the eye-catching orange ones there’s also a creamy white one.

Here’s a couple more pot marigolds Flighty’s favourites.

Have a good weekend!

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