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Garlic

It’s been monsoons – too wet & mucky to garden.  Last weekend was a complete wash out. This week there’s been flooding up North and one woman died when a river overran its banks.  Yikes. This morning started with heavy … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk ‘Bout Sheds, Baby

Actually, let’s not.  I’ll let these pictures tell a thousand words or more.

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Cutting update – damask success

Last winter we took three cuttings from the damask rose.  At first, all three took and thrived, but eventually there were two, and then, just one.  But what a one that one is! It’s been repotted to a large handsome … Continue reading

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the strawberry patch – expanded

The success of our small strawberry patch last spring heartened us to increase its size.  We’d left all the nigella (aka love in a mist) to flower and go to seed, and now have dug over the previous wildflower plot, … Continue reading

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Berry overload

Can you Adam and Eve it?!  There were simply too many berries for us to eat fresh.  We were gorging on blackberries every evening – with meringues, with yoghurt, with whipped cream, with vanilla ice cream.  Berries ’til we were … Continue reading

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Summer – where did it go?

Where did summer go?  We started gloriously, with a modest harvest of garlic in June… Followed by good crops of calvero nero (black Italian kale), beans, courgette, onions, and an almost impossible steady supply of delicious sweet blackberries. We’ve also … Continue reading

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the sea-holly re-surfaces

The sea holly, which had disappeared during the heat wave last summer, has re-appeared.  The big dude’s delighted.  I’d protected and marked the spot with a broken tool handle, which we’ve now removed.  It’s likely that the very heavy clay … Continue reading

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advances in the back patch

In the back patch the long flower bed that runs beside the railway path is fairly well established – and full of perennial flowers of all sorts: iris, hollyhock, day lilly, gladioli, asiatic lilly, climbing roses on the pergolas, and … Continue reading

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showers & seed beds

Went up this morning, despite some light drizzle.  There were tomato to plant in (two cherry red tomato and one yellow tomato), as well as the beans (starter plants purchased at Homebase).  Overcast and rainy is just about perfect for … Continue reading

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hits & misses

Sunday morning – intermittent sun but pretty chilly if the breeze blows.  Lots of new growth on the raspberries – looking lush!  Strawberries all coming to life and coming into flower.  And signs of seedlings in the basket bed of … Continue reading

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