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Garden musings

It’s not often that I allow myself to just sit and enjoy things, and it is never something that I plan into any time I have but after an almost sleepless night during my last time off I did spend the precious time I had planned to spend gardening just sitting with some tea, and then a little lunch, enjoying the sun in my front garden;

Front garden blooms ~ August 2012

Front garden blooms ~ August 2012

It is not the mass of colour it was last year, I think the slugs put pay to that but there is still plenty there;

Front garden blooms ~ August 2012

Front garden blooms ~ August 2012

Front garden blooms; sweetpea bucket ~ August 2012

Front garden blooms; sweetpea bucket ~ August 2012

Front garden blooms; leeks ~ August 2012

Front garden blooms; leeks ~ August 2012

And as well as the flowers I seem to have gathered a not to shabby fruit collection;

Front garden fruits; summer fruiting raspberries, red currant, gooseberry and a bramley apple ~ August 2012

Front garden fruits; summer fruiting raspberries, red currant, gooseberry and a bramley apple ~ August 2012

Front garden fruits; autumn fruiting raspberries, strawberries and the last pot of potatoes ~ August 2012

Front garden fruits; autumn fruiting raspberries, strawberries and the last pot of potatoes ~ August 2012

Front garden fruits; all gold autumn fruiting raspberries~ August 2012

Front garden fruits; all gold autumn fruiting raspberries~ August 2012

Front garden fruits; red princess strawberry ~ August 2012

Front garden fruits; red princess strawberry ~ August 2012

Even thought I knew what I had growing I didn’t realise how much there was until I stopped to take stock of it. I haven’t grown mountains of food what I have grown has been a nice treat and are forming the base of next years growing. Of course I would have liked to have much more coming in from the garden but that just hasn’t been possible this year and I am ok with that, which is a very odd feeling. And there is always next year

Kiwi fruit

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I have a have a kiwi plant, it was my birthday present. I have liked the idea of having a kiwi plant since last year when I read about a new verity that had been bred to better suit our climate, the down side is that it’s fruit are the size of grapes which isn’t very big.

My kiwi is a ‘Jenny’, this verity is “A self fertile variety avoiding the need to grow male and female forms for a successful crop of fruit. Ideal for growing through trellis work or against a sunny wall, where it can be supported and trained. It’s creamy white flowers have a delightful rose-like fragrance with fruits being ready for picking from late summer.”

I don’t really know much about growing them, so if anyone has one or has any tips then please share them with me!

Planting sticks

At the weekend I planted out our new raspberry canes:

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There is a mixture of 12 early, middle and autumn fruiting canes, and one yellow fruiting. The autumn ones will fruit next year and all the other the year after, now right now they just look like some sticks pushed into the ground.