Thursday, 8 July 2010
Obelisk and This and That
The allotment gardener has made me an obelisk for my herbaceous border - I am well pleased with it - it is blue and gold - I have attached a pic for you to see - the idea is to plant a climber alongside but I prefer to see the obelisk - so I will give that a miss.
This week I have taken my streptocarpus cuttings and also two cuttings from a zygo cacti - this one is cream and is refusing to flower - so I am taking cuttings - hopefully they will flower for me.
I have read recently in the daily newspaper a tip on growing the Blue Himalayan Poppy - use nothing more than spent tomato gro bags - I love these plants - I saw them growing semi wild in a natural setting a time ago at Aberglasney in Wales
We have picked our first beetroot and broad beans from the allotment - and mange tout peas have been picked and sampled - and enough also to blanch and freeze for later months.
Sungold Tumbler Tomatoes - have started to produce and also first courgettes - sampled in a pasta - with plenty of garlic - thyme and black pepper - very tasty
Hey Hey - bargain of the week - a campanula and a rose - Lady Mitchell plus half price Tand M seeds for next year from the local gardening centre
Sweetpeas are super this year - the colours are so intense- some of the seed was bought from The Shrewsbury Flower Show last year - tip - sweetpeas should be gathered early - to catch the dew on them this ensures they keep their colour - rather than gathering them in full sunshine ( Garden Wisdom - Bernard Schofield )
The Allotment Gardener is having trouble with rabbits - he is trying to discourage them - we have set foxgloves - (which apparently they hate )next to the cabbage and also dill at the top of the garden (they have a weakness for this and will touch nothing else in the garden in preference to this - according to (Garden Wisdom) I will keep you posted on the outcome
First buds are showing on own grown heliotrope plants - can't wait to see them flower - I shall post a pic as soon as possible - new in flower in the green house Rebutia cacti and Pelargonium Unique (Polka) Seeds set Digitalis Apricot - and Viola plants have been potted on
In the kitchen this week Leek and Gruyere Cheese Flan - recipe posted hopefully - bye bye for now and happy pottering in the garden