Gradually (and a bit nervously) I am reducing the Rosa lutea that covers the arbour outside the kitchen door. It’s provided a lovely green canopy for the last ten years but it’s only truly wonderful for three weeks when in flower. The rose petals then turn brown and drop onto the paving for weeks on end and as soon as the temperature drops it sheds leaves for much of Winter.
I aim to eventually replace it with Solanum crispum ‘Alba’ seen here in a garden last week where it’s flowered since May and will continue till November or later. And although it’s only faintly scented it is a very lovely plant and will provide interest for months on end. It will probably need as much monitoring as the rose but should be more rewarding.
Having started the edit, by removing much of the rose from half the frame, the golden hop has wasted no time in rampaging along the supports. It had been struggling to be seen and will combine very prettily with the solanum.
A supermarket pot of chives was divided up into four and planted in the garden three weeks ago.
The four new plants are thriving and all have flower buds emerging.
The Origanum here in a pot was lifted and gently pulled apart at the base to make more plants. It had visibly healthy roots on each piece and these should fill out to make new growth.
It divided up easily into potentially six new plants which will be kept watered and planted out in late-September.
Olive tins make very pretty containers provided the compost is watered very regularly. I spotted this one holding the perennial Red-Veined Sorrel. It’s a lemony flavoured leaf that is great added to other leaves in salads.
The blackcurrant jam was made from frozen allotment fruit and is a really good flavour and texture. The recipe says to gently soften the 1 k of fruit simmering it in 1 pint of water till the fruit splits. This avoids any toughness in the skin and the other tip was to warm the 1 k sugar in the oven for 10 minutes before adding to the softened fruit. Then it was stirred on a low heat till all sugar crystals had melted and boiled rapidly for 15 minutes. This quantity made three kilner jars.
Cosmos ‘Sensation’ in a pretty mug.