This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Late Summer Flowers Still Going Strong

We've had some glorious late summer sunshine, and the flowers are still going strong. Of course, things will change once the frost hits. In the meantime, the flower beds are looking fab and its been great getting outdoors in a t-shirt this week with jobs like deadheading, clearing leaves, harvesting veg and planning for the next season - I've started dividing perennials and moving a few plants.
Phormium 'Jester' looks fab with its bright red arching leaves. It's an evergreen shrub that gets up to 3 feet tall. It has looked well this year planted with begonia for Summer colour, and Sedum Autumn Joy for late complimentary colour.

A flower collage shows many plants still in flower, ranging from Sedum Autumn Joy to Cosmos, Echinacea, Dianthus, Shasta Daisies, to bedding plants. Of course, roses are great as they flower most of the year.

Bedding plants like Nemesia and trailing Verbena have made a great show all summer long.

I'll miss having all these plants around, however, by the end of October they're likely to be well on their way to dying down for the Winter.

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Monday, 28 September 2015

Flower Arranging From the Garden

Novice Class "From the Garden Shed"
The City of Belfast Autumn Flower Show took place this month with lots of inspiration on display amongst the flower arrangers. I particularly like the 'pastimes' garden theme they had chosen this year and the category "From the Garden Shed" for the Novice Class flower arranging competition.

Pictured is my favourite creation - wellie boots overflowing with flowers such as lavender, calendula, cosmos etc) and lots of little gardening items. Looks lovely!

This reminds me to add a few plants that are good as 'cut flowers' into the garden this year. Cut flowers are a great addition to any garden. There are numerous articles on the internet for information, including a 5 minute video by BBC gardener, Rachel de Thame. View Rachel's cut flower diary video by clicking here

Novice Class "From the Garden Shed" arrangement / display.

This is an entry under the Open Class, themed "A Pleasurable Pursuit".

Lots of events providing Autumn/Fall inspiration this month! It's great when fellow bloggers show their local shows, so do share!

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

VegTastic Display

Leek dressed to impress!
The temperature may be dropping but there's still lots of harvesting to be done... 

apples are ripening, 
leeks are fat and ready, 
lettuces are still hearting, 
fennel is going to seed, 
onions are being dried, 
and there's still beetroot, kale and lots of other goodies to bring to the table. 

Over the weekend I visited the City of Belfast Autumn Flower (and Veg) Show.  It was quite a small show but lots of effort had noticeably gone into it. Of course it was pouring rain the day I attended, but I still really enjoyed viewing all the fantastic displays. 

Here are some of my favourite photos, from the Northern Ireland Vegetable Association (NIVA) display - and what a lovely display it was!
Lots of herbs, veg, and fruit displayed very carefully by the NIVA team!

One of the NIVA members made a 'market cart' to display their prize fruit and veg, costing £50 in wood (excluding the wheels) and excluding labour provided in-kind. It looked lovely! 

Eye catching preserves, edible flowers and herbs decorated the top of the display cart. 
Congrats to the Northern Ireland Vegetable Association (NIVA) on a great display and what looks to be a great harvest year.

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