welcome to my little suburban oasis, filled with flowers,fruit trees and vegetables

Monday, 26 November 2012

Picked this week 25th November 2012

 Some warmer weather veg this week - a few rather small tomatoes, the ripe one from inside, the just-turning from the greenhouse

even some raspberries from the allotment. Every time I pick some I think they'll be the last for this year.

 mixed lettuce leaves and even some radishes!

More wintery fare - kale (again!) and broccoli bits

and a late 'Spring' cabbage

Friday, 23 November 2012


Persistent rain yesterday onto ground that was already wet enough left bits of allotment flooded - fortunately not our plot.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Picked this week 18th November 2012

 Not a lot to be picked right now - some leeks, more kale and a handful of raspberries that disappeared too quickly to be photographed.

Wishing that the autumn cauliflower had survived the summer downpours but for now we're using up runner beans from the freezer.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

This week at the allotment - 17th November 2012

 Look carefully - either side of the string - and you can see next year's broad beans starting to grow!

establishing fruit on the second plot

raspberry canes

currant bushes with strawberries underneath

not very clear - but a youngish damson tree, one of several we picked up through Freegle

a last minute effort by the peas

...and the blackberries

on the first plot - a very autumnal gooseberry that I rather wish I had in the garden for the colour.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Surprise find

We were a bit worried about the roots of a cotoneaster growing against the garage wall. They were starting to lift the slab path and could have been heading for the foundations! As there are other cotoneasters already growing there, we decided to chop this one down - and in doing so discovered this bird nest (fortunately empty at this time of year). I thought we'd had blackbirds nesting there but hadn't been sure as when spotted on his way back to the nest with grass or twigs, the blackbird would fly off in a different direction.
Now the leaves have fallen we've discovered more nests in the silver birch and rowan which we weren't aware of. Obviously the birds are clever at putting me off the scent!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Half way to Winter

the over-the-back-fence sycamore getting ready for Winter

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Picked this week - 11th November 2012

Plenty of bizarrely shaped parsnips

Some lettuce - both red and green -  which I ate before thinking about photos!

more kale! and some peas, 2 or 3! - I wish more of the plants had survived the wet late summer/early autumn

and even some raspberries. Fortunately I picked these the day before a heavy frost. I'm not sure if there'll be any more now.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

November veg - mostly in the greenhouse

I'm still trying to extend the damp dismal summer by lining the greenhouse with plastic sheets, bubble wrap and proper garden fleece in the hope that some tomatoes and peppers may grow a little. They could be picked now but larger fruit would be nice.

Outside there are still strawberries trying to flower and fruit. I've, rather too late, decided to cover them with a propagator lid in an attempt to ripen the berries. 

On the other hand I have new veg growing to be planted out soon and hopefully crop in Spring

All Year Round cauliflowers and Flower of Spring cabbages

green kale

a winter hardy lettuce growing under propagator in the greenhouse so hopefully warm enough even on cold nights

a tray of Winter Hardy White Lisbon spring onions - these should have been set outside in late August/ September but I'm experimenting with starting them inside in a tray and maybe planting our out into one of the greenhouses rather than putting them outdoors

another experiment - marrowfat peas from home grown, but starting to spout, seed. These few peas wouldn't have kept over winter - either as seed or as dried peas to cook with - so I set them in this tub, at first outside then moving it to the greenhouse as the temperature dropped. they aren't a type of peas that I'd expect to overwinter but maybe if they're kept warm they'll be ok and we'll have really early peas.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Two Seasons in One day

While half the garden is disappearing under a carpet of autumnal golden leaves against the house Spring has arrived early with the winter jasmine in full flower.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Picked this week 4th November 2012

salad leaves - a mix of red and green lettuce from under the cold frame and american land cress still happily growing outside

a handful of tough-looking peas and beans

but picking this week has been as much about next year's harvest as this -
some bits of broccoli and seed pods

 kale and its seed

and a lot of radish pods.

Flowers in November

 I've cheated a little this month as, instead of taking photos on the first as I try to do, I took them on the 2nd - a far nicer, sun-filled day.

There still seem to be plenty of flowers around - mainly nasturtiums which are intent on over-running the garden.

more nasturtiums

 It's only to be expected but the lawn is disappearing under a blanket of leaves

 michaelmas daisies still flowering, though a little ragged now

welsh poppy
hardy geranium

most things are remnants of summer, flowering late-
light and dark fuchsia bushes


but the winter jasmine is flowering early. I hope there'll be some more for Spring.

We now have a series of cold nights forecast so I wonder how many of these flowers will still be there next weekend.