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Notes For Next Year

September 9, 2018

I have had great results from Dwarf (French) beans sown at the beginning of July and planted on the allotment two weeks later. They started cropping a month ago and we have had two big handfuls every week since. I could have sown them earlier but I like to go from broad beans to peas to runner beans to borlotti then to a late summer treat of dwarf beans. But diary notes will now have a reminder to do two sowings, two weeks apart, from the beginning of July.

The other success has been sowing in late July, two courgette plants which are now producing fruit.  Provided they get enough light and sun they may crop for another few weeks.


And I will definitely make a note to sow a second crop of runner beans with six weeks in between sowing.  I spotted these last week in a local veg patch with masses of flowers and hopefully beans to follow.

The squash has been a bit unpredictable and of the three plants only two are producing fruit. These are late to get going and I can’t imagine they will grow into substantial fruit to store for Winter but I am watering and feeding them regularly.

Light levels seem to change dramatically at this time of year but that at least adds to the pleasure of the domestic garden. And several neighbours have glorious end of season plant combinations.  Hydrangea ‘Annabel’ where the flowers have turned from white to pink are looking gorgeous mingling with the flowers of the Macleaya ( plume poppy) and all set off by the elegant grey/green leaves of the poppy. It’s a notorious self-seeder but can be managed easily and I am now hoping that mine will produce seedlings to be re-planted amongst the hydrangea here.

And another friend’s garden is looking stunning full of texture and form.  Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (given the Chelsea chop earlier in the year and that’s definitely a note for the diary) contrasts brilliantly with the lightness of the Stipa tenuissima and the Stipa arundinacia. Hydrangeas at the back of the border add height and interest and Cimicifuga ‘Black Hillside Beauty’ with its dark leaves and white flowers contributes to the rhythm and should flower into October.


Various roses here are having a second flowering. They were planted three years ago to prolong colour and interest into Autumn and whilst still relatively small shrubs they have all repeat flowered.  R. ‘Darcey Bussell’ and R. ‘Munstead Wood’ have produced second displays and below is R. ‘Iceberg’ blooming happily in quite substantial shade.

And the final picking of Sunflower ‘Velvet Queen’  is looking Autumnal in this bronze lustre jug.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2018 5:52 am

    Do you use a physical notebook for your reminders for next year? I think of many things I want to remember some get written onto my spreadsheet for sowing and germination times but some just get lost!

    • September 11, 2018 6:45 am

      I list dates on blank pages at the back of my large desk diary for this year. Then when I buy next year’s diary I fill up with notes and reminders from the list.

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