Hello again. I’ve been missing in action for family reasons. These reasons continue. I’ll be coming and going for a while.
In the meantime a few pics with my new toy – a macro lens for my iPhone. I know I’m a bit slow on the uptake on this, but somehow I just never got to it! But I’m having fun now 🙂 . Got to tell you it’s hard to take them in focus as the focal range is so short – only a 1 or 2mm – so you need to have a very steady hand…
Anyway first efforts. Note the hairy caterpillar was taken by friend Anne and giver of the macro lens 🙂 .
Forgot to post this one so here it is!
Winding down now – a few weeks have already seen a lot of change. A few weeks ago I was still harvesting but now everything is dying back, and I’m trying to clear everything down for the lull of winter.
So a couple of trips to the allotment plus my probably-not-going-to-make-it aubergines in the greenhouse. I just got going too late so even though I’ve had healthy plants I didn’t plant them early enough to actually develop big enough fruit.
Otherwise it’s mostly squash. As per last year they have taken over the allotment, and I keep finding them. I planted lots of smaller varieties so they would be easier to cook. Also I’ve just planted some mustard and normal spinach and winter salad crops, plus scabious in Salmon Pink, Black Cat & Drumstick in the greenhouse.
No pics yet but I am also on the case with bulbs for next year: Anemone Bordeaux, Tulips Antraciet, Black Hero, Hermitage Double, Royal Acres, Greenstar, Virichic, Tres Chic Salmon Impression, some gladioli, lilies, camassia – some are in, but some I’m hoping to plant tomorrow weather permitting!
A few pics from the much neglected allotment. Watered by a fellow allotment holder. I haven’t been for another week since this, but hopefully it has lived through my neglect. Sometimes other things just have to take priority – and it turns out my allotment doesn’t actually need that much help from me anyway!
Ok it’s too hot. Too hot for posting blog posts. Too hot for gardening. Too hot to care about football (sorry did I say that out loud – what can I say – I support Scotland!). Too hot to sleep.
Anyway, I’ve been foolishly trying to build raised beds – although unfortunately the large one has turned up hopelessly warped, and the others’ quality is questionable….
I’ve built the first one with the aid of a mallet, I’ve squashed my squash plants into it for now. My garlic is drying out, my peas and beans are now almost over, although I might have to try for a second flush of peas….
I suspect if the heat continues my posts will also be a bit sporadic. Normal service will resume when the usual English weather returns. 😉
So I’ve been super busy so this is a bit of catch up post. A few pics from the garden (wisteria / lily), and greenhouse / allotment progress. I have neglected the allotment (a lot) but it turns out it doesn’t really need me – all the plants I put in (peas / sweetcorn / dahlia/ beans / cabbages) seem to be surviving just fine, even though it has been quite dry.
Some more pics of the allotment – and Sissinghurst Gardens – pretty obvious which is which – lol! Hope to have some film pics of the trip too…
A few pics from the allotment. A speedy trip to throw in the peas, and plant some seeds before holidays.
Carrots: Rainbow mix / Rondo / Chantenay
Swiss Chard – on tapes – I’ve tried these before with limited success but trying again. A few gooseberries coming along. A rhubarb flower.