I was away from the garden for less than a week to visit the Chelsea flower show and in that time the weather changed from a cool spring to sudden summer. I knew it would happen but it still always shocks me. Continue reading
In every border there is a splash of acid, attracting the eye and forming a bright backdrop to all the spring flowers. Of course, the acid is the from the flowering bracts of Euphorbia, both rigida and myrsinites. Continue reading
The weather is very mixed at the moment, but the very cold temperatures are gone for a while although we are still threatened with some snow this month – I’ve no idea if it will actually snow here. On sunny, clear sky days there is already real warmth in the sun and the greenhouse heats up quickly if I don’t open the door early. On dull days, like today it doesn’t feel very warm but most days this week the temperatures have reached double figures during the day , dropping by 5 or 6°C at night. Continue reading
Weather-wise it has been a mixed week with a couple of days of really warm sunshine and blue skies and the rest rather grey with a cold wind. On Monday I began pruning the wisteria on the pergola at the front of the house. I wish I’d taken a photograph immediately as the new structure against the blue sky was really making me smile a lot, against the grey sky today it looks far less impressive. Continue reading
Continuing my plan of writing about what I’m enjoying in the garden each week. Continue reading
During this hot, hot summer I have watched and then stopped watching as the plants succumbed to the heat; even plants that survive the drought don’t necessarily look all that good while they are surviving. Continue reading
Although out in the garden not very much changed while I was away, it was a different story in the greenhouse where all of the tomato seedlings grew at quite a pace and have now all been pricked out into larger modules and some that I had pricked out before were ready to be put in 9 cm pots. This is the stage I really enjoy partly because at this stage it is pretty certain they will survive.
There were positively forests of seedlings from the saved seeds of tomatoes that I had particularly liked last year; for the rest I had been more restrained in the numbers I had sown as I am always loathe to throw away unwanted seedlings. I will still have enough to give lots away to friends. Continue reading