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Friday, 8 May 2020

Apple blossom time

 This year's apple blossom has been stunning, with the first flowers appearing in early April, and the last still waiting to open (perhaps those knew about the cold nights forecast for next week)

 This is the first time that all five trees have flowered, though some are covered in blossom while a couple only have one cluster. I'm hoping this will all lead to a bumper harvest, but I'll have to wait and see

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Picking this week - 22nd April 2020

We're not really into the swing of spring crops but things are coming along nicely.

In the greenhouse I've trays of  rocket and mizuna  growing well and supplying me with fresh salad leaves

From the allotment there are radishes and the end of winters leeks.

And both garden and allotment have rhubarb ready to pull.

Thursday, 16 April 2020


I thought it was time I updated this blog as I've been busy in the garden of late; digging keeps me active, and sowing seeds and planning for future harvests helps me keep anxiety at bay in these strange times.

 I was going to share pics of my seedlings and apple blossom but checking out the last post I realise I mentioned some 'clearance' pansies - and they're now all doing well. So I'll start with portraits of them :)

Saturday, 11 January 2020


It's a dull time of year, especially in the garden. Here and there though winter jasmine brightens up walls and fences, and I now have a couple of pots of christmas roses flowering - hopefully this time they'll stay live through summer.

On a diy store trip to buy bird-feed I got slightly side-tracked and rescued some pansies from the reduced-to-clear rack. They're now potted up in wall baskets and tubs, and will hopefully bring more colour into the garden in the coming weeks

Friday, 25 October 2019

Pumpkin time

The allotment pumpkins aren't huge this year, but hopefully they'll prove to be enough for us.
I started using the smaller pumpkin this week, and so far we've had two meals - soup and chilli - from it, and I've not used half.
Once they're chopped of course, they have to be eaten quite soon, so I shan't be carving them for Halloween, as if I do the flesh never gets eaten quickly enough.
I might just draw scary patterns on them.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Autumn Flowers

 I've neglected this blog again over summer, and autumn feels like an odd time to pick up a gardening blog. There are still flowers to be seen though - an advantage a perennial garden can have over a 'summer bedding' style planting.

This white Michaelmas daisy, the orange violas and a couple of still-flowering dianthus are all 'rescues' from the garden centre clearance racks. I'm fond of a bargain (who isn't?) and with perennials a little care will see them flourish for years.

Michaelmas daisies are the mainstay of my autumn flowers with these long established plants now forming good-sized clumps.
I just wish I last year's rudbeckias had survived to add a splash of bright yellow to the garden.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Blossom time

One wonderful thing about spring is blossom bursting out all around (even though I occasionally suffer with hay fever from it)

Easter weekend brought the first apple tree into full blossom, and three more are racing to catch up.

Two are 'proper' purchased trees, though I've forgotten what sort (!), the other two grew from pips, so their fruit is, at first, a surprise.

And to turn the garden completely pink, the ornamental cherry has flowered.