My tomatoes got blight. I lost 4/5ths of the crop 😦
It was a horrible job, cutting it all back. Throwing it all away. I salvaged what I could and then let the tomatoes ripen for a few days I could see which ones were infected. Quite a few were, but some seem to be ok. I have a banana next to them to encourage them along.
Meanwhile I have discovered some enormous cucumbers, and a few of my dahlias are finally flowering.
A lovely day on Derwent Water – the weather was lovely, especially in the morning.
Anyway we parked in Kettlewell, paddled up to the Theatre on the Lake (for coffee) and then across to the far shore – the Cat Bells side. It was tree lined and quieter, and really beautiful in the sunshine. In fact I prefer that side of the lake and the little bays. I loved the way the cones marked the high water mark. We also had a little shield bug as an extra guest, before heading back across the lake.
When we were packing up, an old couple came along with matching brollies, cute.
A little visit out and about – this time to Sussex Prairie Garden. I’d not been before, and it was certainly impressive. The weather was, well, changeable! That’s why the photos look like they’ve been taken on different days ….
The planting was in big slices of the same thing, juxtaposed with another enormous clump. You can walk through the borders, so you can get right into the planting. I’ve got to say though, it wasn’t for me. I think it was just too grand(iose). I think I prefer more intimate gardens. And as I am always looking for inspiration, it would be hard to replicate this in a normal garden, even if I wanted to. I don’t want to put you off going, so here are some lovely photos – reviewing them now makes me like the garden more! Maybe you will feel more of a connection.
I’ve noticed that my allotment doesn’t look like everyone else’s…. it’s more of a riot really…
Anyway I press on. Some of the sweetcorn have two cobs coming: so exciting! The pumpkin is growing lots of pumpkins everywhere. I’m slightly in awe of it’s productivity. Rasps have finally grown a bit more. Still no courgettes – I have bought more compost. Beans are coming. The weeds are also doing very well. Artichokes are looking beautiful, and I even have an aubergine coming (pic to follow). Feeling slightly overwhelmed now. Anyway – more pics of produce soon.
It has been a strange few allotment weeks. I ventured back down there, to find most things have grown a lot…. especially the weeds, but better still the pumpkin (the plant, if not the pumpkins, is about 10ft across) and the rhubarb. Some things still have not taken off. The peas had gone over, but the sweetcorn plants are now taller than me!
Some weird allotment politics also going on – who knew. I have brought a cordless strimmer to finish off the half mown path. Plus the judgement against failures. This is somewhat annoying – I just want to say – people it’s just an allotment, let’s keep it all in perspective. After all, that’s the joy of gardening, and growing in general. Some things work, some things don’t, you learn, you remember what is important and what isn’t. A bit of imperfection is acceptable, in life, and in allotments.
Maybe it’s the heat… anyway here are some nice green pics. Also a little walk near home, so a few extra photos, including the burnt log which I quite liked. More soon…. as it’s taken me a few days to pluck up the courage to post this!
A few catch up photos. I’ve not been well, so barely tending the place. Happily it’s been raining. I’m going to go again this weekend, and imagine the weeds are now triffid-like in size. The pumpkin has gone crazy and is taking over. The courgettes are not thriving at all. I am going to swap the compost in the winter – I am sure this is the problem. I’m very excited about the sweetcorn – this is the healthiest batch I’ve ever grown!
A little trip in the sunshine to Sissinghurst last Saturday. So lovely to see all the new colours emerging. There were a couple of pretty varieties of narcissus that were really unusual, and the carpet of crocuses and yellow daffs was impressive… but mostly it was just nice to feel that spring has finally arrived.