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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Raspberries in November!

Every time OH brings raspberries back from the allotment I expect them to be the last of the year, but we're halfway through November and they still keep cropping!

Friday, 10 November 2017

Seed collecting

I try to keep my gardening as inexpensive as possible, and many of my flowers grow each year rather than needing to be replaced - either bulbs, perennials or annuals that self-sow easily, like love-in-a-mist or welsh poppies. Some plants aren't reliable enough left on their own, though, and rather than pay out for seed next spring I like to collect it from this year's flowers if possible. 
Both these nasturtiums (left) and marigolds (below) were grown from home-collected seed, and have done really well so I've picked some more from both plants.

In case you don't recognise them, the nasturtiums are the large green seeds (when dried they'll shrivel and turn brown) and the marigolds the thin black and white 'sticks'. The dried 'peas' are from the sweet pea plants, and I'm hoping to find more when I cut the plants back down, as five sweet pea plants next year wouldn't be many.

Also, for the sake of their skull-like shape rather than needing the seeds, I collected some antirrhinum seed heads, full of tiny black seeds.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Playing "guess what month it is"

You and I know that it's November, there's been frost overnight and the garden should look like this - covered in fallen leaves, berries bright on the mountain ash and pyracantha - but the garden doesn't. In fact it seems to have no idea what time of year it is at all.

Bright sunny days seem to be keeping the summer flowers going. Antirrhimuns and campanulas ...


love in a mist

nothing can stop the continued spread of these nasturtiums

and even an oriental poppy has suddenly burst back into flower!

On the other hand, winter is definitely here with jasmine flowering round the kitchen window ...

... and a couple of polyanthus seem to think Spring is on the way.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Orange and purple

 Sometimes the garden accidentally turns out to be colour-themed - and this month it just seems full of orange (montbretia, marigolds, day lilies) and purple (clematis, buddleia, platycodon, lavender, oregano), with a couple of splashes of pink from fuchsias and hydrangeas

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Day lilies

Planted a couple of years ago, the day lilies are now really getting established and flowering well. They definitely seem to bring a touch of the exotic to the flower beds, but alongside them is another plant getting settled in - I don't know what it is, it must be self set, and in part I'm inclined to think it's a weed. It's bright and yellow though, so I'm letting it stay.

Edit - instead of searching through a pile of gardening/wild flower books I did the modern equivalent and asked Twitter. where someone identified my 'visitor' as goldenrod. Apparently it's a common herbaceous border plant but modern varieties have showier flowers - I suspect mine isn't one of those. I'm glad I decided to let it stay :)

Monday, 19 June 2017

Home grown lunch

It's that time of year when growing-your-own really starts to reap rewards,even if sometimes you end up with odd combinations. So here I am eating home grown salad of red oakleaf lettuce, rocket, fresh peas and strawberries. OK I had to buy the feta :)