Category Archives: Gardening

Too many slugs

Not happy – come back from hols to discover the slugs have been busy with my beans. I have now resorted to slug pellets. Yuk, but necessary. Some of my courgettes are very yellow too. Not too sure what the problem is with that yet. I’m going to plant more beans.

On the positive, the rhubarb is looking a lot better, and the peas are on their way. šŸ™‚


Allotment catch up

As we’ve been away I’ve fallen behind a bit on my allotment posts. So this is a bit of a round up šŸ™‚ .

Firstly I got hold of some collapsable raised beds from Primrose for the beans. I have hung a climbing net from the scaffold poles left by the previous occupants, so they would have something to climb up. The sweetcorn has also gone in. And some Globe Artichokes. Oh and I’ve put the tagetesĀ in between the beans to ward of black fly.

Mick also gave me some savoy cabbages so I’ve put those in with the other brassicas.

In the garden I’ve been potting on, with quite a bit more to go.

I was feeling very smug.

Mmm – not so smug now! When I next went to put in my replacement raspberry canes (Tulameen), I discovered that all my Butternut squash, and half my pumpkins had been eaten by the slugs šŸ˜® .

I have protected the pumpkins with cloches for now, and got some copper tape to see I can could limit the damage. I also ordered some firmer copper bands which will stand up on their own and are reusable (but much more expensive). Anyway – enough for now, but more soon.




The White Garden & Other Flowers

A little trip to the Sissinghurst. As I live fairly close it’s possible to just ‘pop in’, and focus on a few sectionsĀ rather than trying to see everything…

Today’s choices – some from the White Garden, which was looking lovely, but hard to take an effective encompassing shot; the lilacs with their oh-so-intoxicating smell; and the orchard blossom – which was very impressive. In fact it’s been a really good blossom year in general, I guess due to the low rain fall. Unfortunately, it’s been really cold so I’m not sure the pollinators have been out converting all these blooms into fruit. One of the trees was particularly enormous – several times my height.

On the tower, the clematis montana was rambling up the wall, and another massive climber – not sure what it was though – any takers?

More cool seeds

So here are a few more cool seeds – I love their variety of shape and form.

So this is the planting list:

  • Craspedia
  • Scabious – Ping Pong
  • Chrysanthemum – Rainbow Hippy Love Child (got to love that name!)
  • Sunflower – Harlequin
  • Coleus
  • Borage & Chamomile
  • Poppy – Venus
  • Cornflower – Black
  • NasturtiumĀ – Climbing & Black – straight into the garden
  • Italian Bugloss
  • Some very old herbs (out of date) – thyme (2015) garlic chives (2014) coriander (2015) fennel (2015) so we will see…
  • plus Lemon Cucumber

My lavender plugs have also arrived – Hidcote, Munstead & Ellagance Sky so I have planted them on too. Also gratuitous pics of my Malus, which has been flowering it’s heart out, and my favourite tulip…