Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Sadly, the Aquilegia (granny's bonnets) have just about finished flowering, which is a shame as they are a great addition to my cottage gardening style. Sentiment aside, I must remember to cut of their seed heads, if I don't want the whole garden covered in them. They are prolific in their seeding habits and I only want them in certain places . The same goes for foxgloves when they are finished flowering, although they are easily transplanted into new spots around the garden. Also the Sweet Rocket is on its way out, it has flowered for many weeks, and with its intoxicating fragrance, will also be sadly missed. On the plus side, it is a great opportunity to plant some annuals to add colour which will hopefully last until the first frosts.
Yesterday, I took some root cuttings of Alchemilla Mollis (Lady's Mantle) for extra plants to place below some shrubs. These plants don't mind shade so are very useful - they also look lovely with their lime green froth of tiny flowers and scalloped leaves -in flower arrangements. You also have to remember to dead head them after flowering to keep their numbers down.
Pictured above: Foxgloves (Digitalis) - last year I had some white ones but they haven't shown up this year. Never mind, the dark and pale pink ones are still beautiful.
Monday, 30 May 2011
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Pictured above: Penstemon (the only one that survived the winter, luckily in my favourite colour).
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Pictured above: onions, chard and cabbages all looking very healthy so far
Friday, 27 May 2011
Pictured above: Sweet Williams from the cutting garden.
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Pictured above: Greenfinch Rose (the buds start out apricot coloured then as they open out fully they turn into beautiful clotted cream coloured frilly tutus).
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Incidentally, I have added the Followers Gadget, in the hope that someone is reading my blogs. I know I have only recently set this blog up, but I have a feeling that what I write is just going into the ether and no-one is aware of it. I just don't want to feel that I am wasting my time and no-one is interested in what I have to say.
Pictured above: Thyme in flower. I have several varieties of thyme, lemon thyme being my favourite - they are all growing in a large rectangular container together, and put on a wonderful show when in flower.
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Monday, 23 May 2011
Pictured above: Pelargoniums in window box
Saturday, 21 May 2011
Pictured above - Alliums at their best.
For the last couple of weeks I have been reading a book called 'Urban Gardener' by Elspeth Thompson, which was published in the 90's. My own garden is about as far removed from an urban garden as it is possible to be, and yet I have been enthralled by her garden and allotment articles from the Sunday Telepgraph, which have been put together in book form. You can imagine my shock when I looked up her blog, hoping to enjoy more of her style of writing, only to find that she had died earlier in the year, aged only 48. Why should I be so saddened when I don't even know the lady; well, I felt, through her writing, that I had come to know her and her gardens, and I shall miss not knowing how she is progressing and the invitation into her world. I have another book of hers, although I hadn't linked her name with it, it is called 'The Wonderful Weekend Book' which I also found inspirational. She took her own life, and what I can't understand about depression, is how someone who obviously loves life (or at least appears to in her style of writing) could get to a point when live is no longer worth living. I don't suppose I will ever know.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Planted out 2 doz. leek plants before breakfast this morning. Keen or what? The ground was so hard after weeks with no rain that I had trouble with dibbing them in. Contrarily, even though the ground is solid, the weeds don't seem to have a problem germinating!
Monday, 16 May 2011
- Continue successional sowings of salads, peas and spinach
- Pinch out the tops of broad beans if they are attacked by blackfly
- Put up a protective screen around carrots against carrot fly
- Earth up potatoes and, if the shoots are threatened by frost cover them with fleece
- Plant leeks and all members of the cabbage family
- Stake tall herbaceous plants before they grow too big
- Take cuttings of mint and rosemary
- Ventilate cold frames more generously
- Tuck straw under strawberries as the fruit begins to swell
- Keep greenhouse well ventilated
- Remove side-shoots from tomatoes as they appear and start feeding with a liquid fertilizer at every watering
- Pot on peppers into their final pots
- Start to feed aubergines, cucumbers, melons and peppers growing in pots
- If plants in pots waiting to be planted out begin to look yellow, give them a liquid feed.