Life is odd at the moment but still carrying on in that relentless way it does. I have tried to write about my dads funeral but don’t have the words to do so…
Fly Ararics which are very pretty but not so useful - 18th September 2011
Fruiting plants haven’t done too badly this year; there seem to be plenty of apples, plums and berries weighing down the branches of trees along the road sides and in the woods and mushrooms are starting to appearing dotted around the forest waste land in the early mornings.
Wall garden; ever-bearing strawberries and 100's and 1000's tomatoes - 18th September 2011
In the garden the tomatoes are starting to ripen, the ever-bearing strawberries are still flower and bearing fruit and french beans are coming in in fits and starts.
Boston squash; possibly from one of the seeds I saved last year - 16th September 2011
At the allotment the squashes are doing well again and I have learnt from last year and harvested the ripe ones to allow the plants to put their energy into the un-ripened and forming fruit.
This weekend has been busy and, mostly, very productive. I have signed up for the village open gardens at the beginning of July and so with a favourable moon day (fruit) and a final idea of what I wanted to do I’ve spent some time planting out and sorting things out.
The front garden is mostly concert steps leading up to a patio area, where all my seedlings are currently, and a sort of raised bed which has some old shrubs in and very poor soil. I’m still not sure what to do with the shrubbed area but have been collecting buckets and boxes for the rest of it.
Alpine strawberries ripening in front of the house - 22nd May 2011
I bought home lots of wooden fruit creates when I was working at festival earlier in the month and have lined them with cardboard, filled them with pony poo and put them along the wall before planting them up with dwarf french beans and bush courgettes;
- Bean box – 22nd of May 2011
Courgette boxes - 22nd of May 2011
I have lined the top of the wall with grow bags, in the top of photo above, which are filled with ever-bearing strawberry plants and patty pan squashes
Ever-bearing strawberries - 22nd of May 2011
I have planters with more strawberries and salads up one side of the steps
Strawberry and salad planters - 22nd of May 2011
And potato planters, planted with Rocket and Kestrel, along the other
Potato planter - 22nd May 2011
And along the patio, as well as all the trays of seedlings, I have cucumbers, salad and a Passion Fruit along with lots of hanging baskets which Rhys put up for me whilst he was on holiday!
More photos on my Flicker
I got up before most people this morning and wondered round the garden looking at plants and harvesting some strawberries, it was really nice and peaceful. Then I came in and made some butter out of the last of the single cream.
It’s been raining for most of the day ever since.
I had planned to load the interviews Rhys did at Drybrook open gardens, but even though wordpress has a button for loading audio onto a post it doesn’t support any audio file types I know of. So that idea’s is on hold