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Roses in Mixed Borders

May 17, 2017

Rose Munstead Wood is full of fragrant flowers and although only purchased a year ago is on the way to forming a substantial shrub. It’s under planted with Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ and surrounded with Allium christophii.

I bought Rose Darcey Bussell at the same time and that too is full of flowers and again it will be allowed to grow into a substantial shrub. At its base are the handsome leaves of Helleborus augustifolia.

On the allotment rain and back pain  has limited all activity over the last week but the runner beans ‘Lady Di’ are in the ground and grew 8 cm over the last week. And I hope I don’t provoke a late frost but the butternut squash and courgettes are also planted. With only a cold frame at home juggling plants as they reach a decent size becomes a challenge. So it was tempting to get these pots of allotment veg out of the garden and into the ground.  A friend gave me a fantastic assortment of home-grown tomato plants and about a dozen are now planted in soil in the allotment greenhouse. In preparation I assembled a bucket of chopped up comfrey leaves held down with a brick and filled to the brim with water. It will be diluted 1-8 as a feed in a month or two.

 Lidl is selling  ‘Super Living Japanese  Spinach and Purple Pak Choi’ in a tray for £1. I have gently separated them into a row and planted them on the allotment to see what happens.

My new recipe this week was orange sorbet.  I followed a lemon sorbet recipe and substituted the lemon juice with orange juice from blood oranges that were juiced and frozen in January.

Peony Rubra Plenary is a cottage garden favourite and one of the earliest to flower. It readily sheds petals but its scent and beauty makes it worth it for a day or two of drama on the kitchen table.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2017 6:14 am

    I’ve only just planted out my zucchini and butternut squash, but they should grow on quickly now.

  2. May 19, 2017 8:36 am

    It’s warm here after two days of rain so I am expecting both to gallop away -unless our slimy friends get there first. A neighbour on the plot brings in bags of coffee grounds from a cafe and I’ve put it round the base of the plants since the slugs seem to hate it.

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