Thursday, May 31, 2012
An old converted cruise ship has been turned into a floating hospital with doctors,surgeons,nurses,and dentists.Over the past 32 years over 520,000 people have been treated in medical and dental clinics.They give free health care in over 70 countries.It is a beautiful Rose for a worthwhile cause.
Once the garden has a new patio area I can plant two new borders.I'm sure I will have room for some more Roses.They fill the garden with bright colours,shapes,form,and scent.The names are poetic and dreamy.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tomorrow I want to buy some plant supports for the Sweet Pea's that are growing in the greenhouse. Sweet Spencer Mixed,David Bellamy,and William & Catherine Sweet peas.The Tulips have given their barrel planters away ready for the sweetly scented Sweet peas to bloom in.I hope to have masses of cut flowers for the house in little posy's.
The concrete path has over 100 pots of plants already.The plan is to get a stone patio area for our table and chairs.That area will have borders around two sides and maybe room for a few plants.We bought some Butterfly solar lights which we switched on last night after three days charging.They flashed on and off bright blue lights.It reminded me of a police raid!Cat may have to switch them to constant on instead of on and off.
Monty Don was drawn into a row with the producers of Gardeners World for not mentioning you can use chemical sprays to kill these pests off.He is president of the Soil association and has gardened organically for 17 years.I cheer his stand on the matter.
The spray will kill all insects on the plants like Lady Birds,Bees,and Hoverflys.Picking the scarlet beetles off is much more satisfying.Cleaning the larvae off is the most gross thing i have done in the garden!
I have masses of Lily's thanks to the Dutch flower bulb council.Only one pot has had severe damage at the moment.A few Lily Beetles have laid eggs and the larvae have decimated the leaves off dozens of plants.Stripped down to the stem and covered in black larvae poo.
I try to garden organically using only rainwater,sunshine,and love.If things get eaten they get eaten.I have tried torchlight safaris to catch snails eating my grape vine,used up turned bottles to try to stop a mole digging up the grass,and copper tape to stop snails getting at Hostas.Not all my organic ventures have been successful.
I Tried to grow French Marigolds in the plots beds to stop a White Fly explosion.It did not do anything to dissuade them.I live and learn every year.Nature will make a balance between predators and prey.At the moment I am the predator picking off and squashing Lily Beetles daily.
In the news recently Friends Of the Earth published some research from the University of Reading showing that pesticide usage had gone up 6.5%.The use of Herbicides has also gone up.The two pronged chemical assault will harm our Bee's health,and then our crops productivity if they are dependent on Bee pollination.
There is a difference between home gardening,and commercial growing.I want to visit Yeo Valley Farm in North Somerset.It is one of only six commercial organic farms in the UK.I wander if it can be done all across the UK.
I will go to the plot today to do more weeding,grass cutting,watering,and sowing more seeds..
Monday, May 28, 2012
I got two Aubergine plants today (off Richard),and eight Tomato plants from Hils.The Butternut Squash has totally failed to germinate so one of my raised beds needs an alternate crop or crops.
The Carrot and Parsnips may need resowing as they have not germinated at all.The extremes between April and May have made growing more difficult.
I have just watched Spring Watch with Chris Packham,Martin Hughes Games,and Michaela Strachan.There were Moles,Fox families,Wrens,Ospreys,and Nut Hatches.I love the show!
The weather should see the temperatures cool down and maybe even a few thundery showers.I hope to spend a good deal of my week off at the plot.
Friday, May 25, 2012
The Rose bench was painted with wood preservative on my last day off.If it stays warm I will apply another two coats.The iron metalwork of the roses has rusted beautifully and so blends in.This is a good place to sit and observe the garden and all the birds that fly into the feeders.
I hope to have a lovely week off gardening,watching films,and going out and about to enjoy the sunshine.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I love the colour of this Pseudocorus Berlin Tiger.She won a gold medal for her very first Chelsea garden.
It was designed by Tracy Foster and is based around the landscape of the Pennine moors.It has included little Hearts Ease Violas painted by one of the sisters in a watercolour.It is the 165th anniversary of the publishing of Jane Eyre,Wuthering Heights,and Agnes Grey.
There are some Victorian reading glasses and two books from the time to suggest the authors may have just wandered off to look closer at a wild Viola.It won a gold medal.
The show also has the Great Pavilion packed full of the worlds best nurseries and plant growers.Each year they all try to have new plants bred to be unveiled for the world.The winner of the 2012 RHS Plant Of the year is this lovely Pink Foxglove called Digitalis Illuminations Pink.
It has been bred by Thompson and Morgan from Canary Island plants to give it the most magnificent colour.It is self sterile so it will not set seeds so will flower all summer long.
The show is like the Olympics of horticulture and sets trends for the next few years with planting styles and types of plants,trees,and flowers.It is also a show business occasion with celebreties visiting the showground.I think it marks the start of the early Summer.The garden here is in full growth and i find the gardens inspiring.It will take time to digest what has gone on.