Sunday, June 28, 2020

Open Gardens 2020

a series of open gardens, during lockdown, lovely to see them shared

Thursday, June 25, 2020

tree branches

I was dreading it... but seven large branches have been cut off the tree... and I think it looks great. I know you can see the stumps , but the shape of the tree is still  nice. it was overhanging the path and road, and covering half the garden in shade.
large branches will go to a friend with a fire, smaller branches are cut up for stakes to use in the garden, and all the twigs and leaves will be disposed of or maybe composted.
I'm grateful for friends with a chainsaw and time to help ''process'' the results... at one point nearly the whole garden was covered in branches.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Canon Camera

My gardening and kayaking friend Fiona has gifted me a second hand camera, its the same as the first good digital that I had, a Canon S2IS, so here we go .... close up Calendula
 and orange too. these have come up from wildflower seeds sown last year.
 this little viola has seeded itself into the edge of the 'lawn', so I have to mow around it, this is one of the reasons I can't pay to have someone cut my grass for me, they would cut it down....
 Mahonia berries. I think these are edible?
 Wildside's tomatoes, this is the first one, about the size of a thumbnail today.
and another bed planted up... the middle one, with broad beans, sugarsnap peas, peas, asparagus peas, and some marigolds and a couple of begonias, also what was left of the lettuce in the greenhouse, past their best but lettuce can have lovely flowers so they've been given the chance to do that in a corner, if they survive the slugs.....
I've used branches cut from the twisted hazel , over the peas, for them to grow through. 
the bed on the left has done well , I think most things that were planted have survived, you can see the brocolli escaping the fleece, its  not good quality and has been shredding in the wind, but its done its job of protecting the new planting and keeping the cats off.. I'll leave it on a bit longer.

How to Train Your Horse at Liberty , Hannah Weston

Monday, June 08, 2020

Monday, June 01, 2020

hot hot hot

the garden on 30th of May 2020, about 8 o'clock in the morning. I've managed to fix the sliding window on the greenhouse door, so it can be opened to stop it getting too hot.. without leaving the door open to let the cats in. I don't mind my cat in but there's a lot of cats round here and they all take a walk through the garden at some point. I also got the hose set up to water when necessary, I had it spray on the vegetables yesterday for about four hours till it was good and wet, its been very dry and forecast to continue. I had to get a jig-saw to cut through the side of the cupboard under the sink so I could get to the tap that turns on the outside tap.... the bloke that put those units in was a fool.