Category Archives: perennials

celebrating sunflowers & stuff to do with willow boughs

Our sunflowers have finally come into bloom. Yippee! Despite the slugs and snails devastating many of my early sunflower seedlings, a few managed to brave it out and are finally in full bloom. We’ve got sunflowers sprinkled just about everywhere … Continue reading

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chilli update & outfoxing the foxes

After a week of heatwave conditions of over 30 degrees in London, the weather turned on Thursday 13 August with spectacular thunder, lightning and torrential rain. No doubt the Hungarian chilli plant enjoyed the sweltering conditions more than we did, … Continue reading

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blooms out back

The back patch gardens are left to take care of themselves with very little attention given, now that we’re constantly heading to the allotment. But that’s not a problem really, as most of the back patch planting is of perennials … Continue reading

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stargazing day & night

The stargazer asiatic lily has finally come into bloom in the back patch.  All through April and May I monitored for the dreaded red lily beetle – which did manage (again!!!) to completely strip a few of the garden lilies … Continue reading

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back patch veg beds – a progress report

At the end of last week I slipped out of the flat early in the morning to get a head start on a general tidy and overall assessment of the state of play in the back patch vegetable patch. This … Continue reading

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hard graft & some progress

It’s been a surprisingly busy few days.  I reached out to a fellow allotment holder and neighbour to see if she was ok.  Hadn’t seen sign of her for a while…  She’s a former colleague in the fight to save … Continue reading

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update on the back patch

The woods group convened to work at great distance from one another the other day, and we got a lot of tidying and trimming accomplished, with bags already with the neighbour for the council’s green waste collection. Chris and Robert … Continue reading

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what two weeks looks like..

Coronavirus challenges us – each and every one, all over the world, in all our various situations and lifestyles – how to measure time.  There’s a nice song I recall that has a line about measuring hours with teaspoons…  Some … Continue reading

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a rose is a rose is a rose?

The roses are coming into colour.  The damask rose is already in full bloom.  With the heat of the sun the scent of these gorgeous long-stemmed red roses is positively intoxicating! The smaller hot pink rose at the top corner … Continue reading

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newcomer to woods

Michelob gifted the woods with a new plant – cytisus praecox.  Otherwise known as ‘Broom’.  It’s spring flowering, with long bracts of buttery yellow blossom.  To me it looks almost like a softer paler yellow non-prickly gorse.  Like all spring … Continue reading

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