Thursday, June 28, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I love walking around the garden and inhaling the scents from all the different flowers.It makes the garden very a sensuous place with the visual and the scents.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Squirrels have been coming in and eating off the bird table.Cat felt sorry for them after I squirrel proofed the Sunflower hearts and peanuts.They destroyed the other peanut feeder by biting through the metal mesh.The other problem is they keep digging up my pots.I have had to move the Carrots and French Beans into the greenhouse to try to let them grow on a bit.
The other crops growing in the greenhouse are the Grape vine which is covered in flower buds,the slow growing Jalapeno Chili's and three varieties of Tomatoes.Premio,Black Cherry,and Italian Plum.
The allotment is growing big crops,and the kitchen garden a different variety of crops.The only benefit of all the rain is the Apples on the tree are growing well.They love the rain!This year there are fourteen apples on the tree, breaking the last three years records (Three apples each year only!)
The rain makes the green leaves and grass in the garden glow.I'm back on nights over the weekend so the blog will be resting until Monday.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
My seeds arrived today from Fothergills.Red Mustard,Rainbow chard,and some Bok Choi.I thought the allotment beds with spaces could try growing more exotic vegetables.
The garden is looking very green with lots of flowers blooming.The wildlife seems happy with it too.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I also made the mini version on the right hand side to protect the Broccoli Waltham,grown from USA seeds this year.
This Poppy was blooming just under the side of the Onion bed.My secret strimmer had not strimmed this Poppy away.I love the delicate petals,covered in jewels of droplets, after i watered the Onions.
The area behind the last two raised beds needs clearing,and maybe covering with black tarp.The weeds and grasses grow like mad on any bare soil.I am thinking of green manure for all the raised beds to try to prevent the weeds getting a hold.
The allotment has last years Leeks growing flower buds,ready for me to try to harvest the seeds.This years Leek Neptune are in the Greenhouse.
There are Potatoes,Red and White Onions,Shallots,Garlic,Sage,Peas, and Turnips growing.I have sown more Peas,and French Beans in the raise beds.
The allotment will help provide lots of fresh Vegetables for our meals this year.
Monday, June 18, 2012
I got an email about a conceptual garden being shown at the RHS Hamton Court Garden show in July 3rd-8th of this year.It is designed by Robert Kennett and is entitled Los Mariposas.This is spanish for the butterflies.A symbol used by Amnesty International to highlight womens rights in Nicaragua.
He has planted around a pink cube with Cornflowers and Stipa Tennuissima or pony tails.
He will put the national flower of Nicaragua Frangipani on a copper bell jar,in the centre of the pink cube.Lots of exotic lush planting and Pentas plants will be there to feed the live butterflies that will be flying inside the cube.These represent the hopes and dreams of the Nicaraguan girls.The heating,humidity, and light will be controlled to make a perfect environent for the Butterflies.
Butterfly World at Saint Albans will be providing the Butterflies for the conceptual garden.
Amnesty International sent thousands of handmade painted Butterflies from around the world to Nicaragua last year to express solidarity with womens groups fighting sexual violence in a hostile political environment.
Cat thinks I'm mad feeding the birds,and now needing food for the worms!They have already tried escaping through the lid,although it is locked to prevent insects and pests getting into the bin.
The hungry bin is on wheels so it can be moved to prevent it getting too hot or too cold.The instructions provided tell me what the worms like and don't like.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
I am lucky I have a half allotment plot.Across Britain there are long waiting lists for plots.They were out of fashion for a while,and councils sold off whole swathes of allotments so there is a shortage now.I got an email about a project in Islington in London.I read there are only about 60 plots for the whole borough and that they now give new plot holders ten years only!A community project has tried to provide new ways of growing vegetables.
Monday, June 11, 2012
The concrete path has over 100 pots running along its one hundred foot length.The Greenhouse is in the right hand corner sheltered by the large shed.
That concludes the mini tour of what the garden looks like at the moment.
Friday, June 08, 2012
I also had a surprise visitor yesterday on the feeding station by the window.A large bird landed heavily on it causing the pole to shake.I thought its a pigeon.When i looked up i saw some beautiful yellow eyes,and a sharp beak.It was a large male Sparrow Hawk looking through the window at me.By the time i got the camera he had flown off.For those few seconds we were observing each other through the window.Amazing!
I have found evidence of Sparrow Hawk in plucked feathers of baby birds in the garden.I saw one on the shed roof plucking its prey,but never as close as that to see its eyes.They are magnificent birds.
The bunting is still up on the garden fence,but i think i will keep it as a decoration for 2012.The London Olympics are a month away now.I hope it drys up so i can get to the allotment on my days off.
Monday, June 04, 2012
It has been dry today and sunny!Alas I have to go back to work tonight.The garden still looks lovely after its grass cut,and pot brush up.