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July 13, 2016

I peeped into a poly tunnel in a walled vegetable garden at the weekend and this huge clump of flowering dill took my breath away. It rarely performs like this out in the fresh air on the allotment but I shall try sowing it in a corner in the green house next year.


At home the Geranium psilostemon is looking good and adding much needed pops of colour.


And a few Dahlias ‘Happy Days’  are dotted around the Cistus ‘Sunset’ making a lively combination. These are new to me and although the flower stems are short there’s a profusion of flowers that go on for weeks.


I spotted this bee covered in pollen in a magnificent Lavatera possibly ‘Burgundy Wine’ in a local garden. It’s a good shrub for filling gaps and the large flowers bloom for weeks at this time of year.


Many vegetables can be grown in limited space and in the smallest of containers. These parsnips were sown from seed in a plastic potato planter to flower late summer to brighten up the back lane.


Allotment blackcurrants, picked this week, weighed in at 2 kilos thanks to the net curtain that kept the birds off. The row was weeded regularly and the three bushes were fed with a fertiliser in Spring.


The first crop of beetroot was ready too and the healthy and colourful leaves washed and simmered in a small amount of water with a knob of butter.


The cut flowers are sweet peas from a friend’s garden.


And in a favourite Indian pot a bunch of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ mixes with the drumstick Allium sphaerocephalon and the leaves of Sambucus nigra.DSCN6959

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2016 5:28 pm

    I like your Indian pot, is it a hibiscus flower motif?

    • July 14, 2016 9:41 am

      I’m not sure what the motif is. It was one of my car boot finds and I adore it because it’s so unlike anything else I have for holding cut flowers.

  2. July 14, 2016 8:45 am

    Blackcurrants, wonderful; I love them and have tried here but they need so much water, Bob Flowerdew once said that he had a plant growing very successfully in a small pond! This year with the early rain the raspberries are looking good so I’m hopeful of a crop this year.

    • July 14, 2016 9:44 am

      Well my summer rasps planted earlier this year are showing no signs of fruit but the Autumn Bliss plants are possibly going to provide some.. However I resorted to the fruit market today and bought lots of gorgeous looking raspberries for the freezer plus some French apricots for jam.

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