Sunday, August 26, 2012

Change of season?

I can't believe how quickly the year is flying by.  I was out in the garden this morning trimming back a few things and I couldn't get over how much it has all grown in the last week.  I can see that the yellow climbing rose and the creeper at the back are about to explode into flower, and the cherry is about to break out in blooms any day now (actually I should have cut the cherry back by a third during winter).  So the explosion of growth of plants I want, combined with the weed carpet and fantastic bulb display indicates that the change of season has begun, even though the calendar is still saying Winter.  The Nasturtiums (see photo) have decided that they have been polite for long enough and have decided that they are entitled to grow where ever they fancy (and the Borage - the one with the purple/blue flower - is taking its lead). As part of the garden pruning today I cut loads of Rosemary and Bay.  It is currently drying in the laundry, which now smells like a kitchen in a Greek restaurant - significantly nicer than dirty laundry!  My holiday starts next week and I am looking forward to getting loads of gardening done and updating this blog.  Until next week.


Sunday, August 19, 2012

I have actually done some garden work!

Yes that is correct - I have done some work in the garden - a little much needed weeding (it is a good thing that I have a week's holiday coming up, as I will need a few days to really shift them) and I have finished one side of the brick path around the veg garden beds.  It is a long side too - not the little stubby short ones. I am rather pleased with how it looks, and I am looking forward to Spring so that I can plant the border plants.  On the veg side of things, the lettuce and Asian greens are doing well, the beans seem to be happy, but the peas are being eaten by something, the broccoli is making slow progress and the beets should be ready to harvest in the next week or two.
I am still planning to update the whole blog site and do a video walk through of the garden when I am on leave.
Catch up next week.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mid August

Well the Winter is already over and I am rather pleased.  I am not sure if it has been cold enough to ensure that I get reasonable fruit on the berries and apples over the Summer but we will wait and see. The bulbs are doing really well and there is a wonderful mix of snow drops, freshias, daffodils, erlicheer, hyacinths and grapes hyacinths.  I will take some more photos once the rain has stopped for a decent length of time.
I am very excited to say that I have a whole week of leave planned for the first week of September, and I am planning to get those garden paths in order, get the summer seeds on the go,  get that weeding under control, and do some work updating the blog.  I am planning to do a video walk through of the garden for the blog too.

Better go


Saturday, August 4, 2012

August Progress

Well the weeds are so lush that they look like a carpet of turf - sad I know, and I will need to work very hard to shift all of the weeds before Spring strikes.  As you can see from the hyacinth photo, the late winter bulbs are providing some much needed colour to the garden.  I planted all of these bulbs together.  I wonder why they are growing at different rates seeing as how they are in the exact same environment. On a produce note, the potatoes are growing nicely, beetroot is growing like a weed (which is just as well as I need something to compete with those weeds), lettuces and herbs are doing well and the broccolli is looking healthy.  Anyway, hopefully when I post next weekend I will have done some real work on the weeds and paving.