Tuesday, 21 June 2011

In The Pink

As far as I am concerned garden pinks are an essential part of a cottage garden; prolific flowerers, divine perfume and really easy to propagate.  This patch shown are in a corner of one of my raised veg plots.  This is their third year and when they have finished flowering I will take stem cuttings, just in case they don't make it through the winter.

I was going to show you my Lovely Lettuces but for some reason the computer refuses to upload the pictures.  I can't believe I'm saying this but I have absolutely no slug damage on my lettuce this year.  I don't know what I'm doing right, but it's working.  This is going to be a case of 'famous last words' isn't it.  But, at the moment they look sensational in all their bright green glory (almost good enough to eat)!

I try to remember to keep sowing for a continuous supply in a shadier part of the garden, as when the weather gets too warm (little hope of that at the moment) they don't germinate very well.  My local supermarket sell boxes of 'Living Salad' so if I have any problems I can always resort to using that.


  1. Lovely. I transplated some pinks from the roadside last year (they were in an area of a 'ghost town', a prison farm that the buildings have long since been taken away from). They were practically growing in the gravel there. I planted them in my really good soil and they didn't come back! I guess it was too much of a shock for them.

    I hope your slugs stay away!

  2. Diane, with some plants I think the motto should be 'treat 'em mean and keep 'em keen'. I planted nasturtiums in amongst my cabbages in an effort to fool the butterflies into laying their eggs on them, all I got was a row of leaves, obviously the soil was too rich - but they embed themselves beautifully in the bark path that surrounds the veg and flower their heads off.

  3. Just came across your blog on Blotanical, what a lovely treat to read over my coffee break =) Your gardens are just beautiful, love the country garden feel you have...total eye-candy! Looking forward to being a regular here. Cheers Julia

  4. Thanks for your kind comments Julia glad you enjoy the blog.