Well, the last month has been mad. We’ve been so busy with the jubilee, visitors, school holidays and our normal hectic schedule, that there’s been no time to write about life in our lovely garden.
Watching the plants grow and often appear from nowhere over night has been an absolute joy. The herbaceous border has really come into its own. It’s jam packed with lupins, peonies, irises, geraniums, delphiniums, oriental poppies and many more beauties. The weeds are being smothered by their rapid growth helping to alleviate my weeding guilt in that part of the garden – elsewhere it’s a different story.
The vegetable plot and greenhouse are doing well, despite the rain. I’m now picking strawberries by the handful on a daily basis from both under glass and the outside beds. Our first peas are ready to pick and everything is getting bigger.
Slugs are a constant problem and I now need to start my night-time slug termination walks! The plants they like are the tagetes, strawberries (despite putting straw down) and my lovely cosmos. I’ve resorted to using slug pellets. This has saved the hostas by the house. Interestingly, the ones by the veg. garden have not been touched at all.
Recent veg planting has been: brussels sprouts; more broad beans; a courgette and butternut squash plant; runner beans, and further pea and dwarf bean sowings straight into the beds. The peas look good, the beans have been slugged!
Initial thoughts for next year are to forget pakchoi – full of holes made by an unidentified fly making them look very unappealing and to possibly grow strawbs in the greenhouse only.
The greenhouse is full of very healthy looking plants. The melon has a flower, which is very exciting. My okra experiment has worked so far, resulting in four good looking plants. The sunflower sowing has been mixed, with only half germinating. Puzzling! So too with the runner beans – only three out of twelve have shoots.
I have not bothered to shade the greenhouse as the weather has been dire!