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
Saturday, 27 August 2011
Variety: Antirrhinum (Snapdragon) 'Intermediate Mixed', Carters Tested Seeds.Sown 18 March 2011 indoor. Planted outside May/June 2011.
Growing up the wigwam: Morning Glory 'Carnevale di Venezia', Thompson & Morgan seeds. Sown 7 May 2011 indoor. Planted outside June 2011.
Variety: Malope Excelsior Mixed, Hardy Annual, Caters Tested Seeds Sown 8 May 2011 indoor. Planted outside June/July 2011.
Close up below.
Amaranthus get longer and longer.
Variety: Amaranthus 'Pony Tails', Thompson & Morgan Seeds, Sown 10 April 2011 indoor. Planted outside June/July 2011.
California poppy have been blooming for months - great for the flower border!
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Variety: Chillis (hot) - Pepper (Hot) Cayenne, Mr Fothergill's, 60 seeds, £1.89. Sown 20 Feb 2011 indoor. Grown in 3 to 4 inch pots. Kept inside and grown on windowsill.
Variety: Tomato (Red Cherry), Mr Fothergill's, 50 seeds, £1.89. Sown 3 April 2011 indoor. Kept in sun room/glass house throughout.
Variety: Broccoli '(Autumn) 'Green Calabrese', Mr Fothergill's, 250 seeds, £1.49 Sown 8 April 2011 indoor. (Planted outside mid-June; netted).
Variety (pictured): Courgette (yellow zucchini) 'Soleil F1', Mr Fothergill's, 10 seeds, £2.39. Sown 3 April 2011 indoor. Planted outside in pots in June 2011.
Spring onions are growing great!
Hope your veg is growing strong (and not bolting)!
Sunday, 14 August 2011
Left and below: Amaranthus 'Pony Tails', Thompson & Morgan Seeds, 1000 seeds. Sowed 10 April 2011 indoor. Planted outside June 2011.
Above: Phlox and Crocosmia. Below: phlox (one of my favourite plants).
|Above: Shrub rose.|
Above: Lupin 'Russell Mix' grown from seed last year - 1st year flowering.
Above: Day lily after a rain shower.
Sunflower called 'Teddy Bear' - almost in flower.
Happy Blogger's Bloom Day!
More on Bloom Day: http://www.maydreamsgardens.com/
Saturday, 6 August 2011
I often feel like I'm playing, 'name that plant' as I search on the internet to try to identify plants in the garden.
Any ideas what it might be called?
Suggestions gladly appreciated!
The next unknown plant is a shrub I call the 'bubble gum' shrub as it smells very sweet like bubble gum when it blooms during July.
The 'bubble gum' shrub?
It needs a good trim!
It's flowering at the moment.
Any guesses what this might be called?
Left: The last unknown plant gets white flowers from early summer. It self seeds around the garden. I'm not sure if it's an annual or a perennial. It probably likes poor soil conditions as it doesn't seem too fussy where it grows.
Another photo of same plant below.
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Should I be removing some of the flowers / tiny cucumbers so the others will mature?
This is a really silly question, the seed pack says the plant matures in 55 days - 55 days from what? From when a tiny flower forms? (Novice gardeners heay!)
Sliced a piece off and stuck it in my mouth - yuck! Tasted like bitter cabbage. Maybe they need to be bigger before harvesting? Or maybe I need to grate it into a big bowl of sour cream and eat as dip?
Two of the plants didn't survive gales in early June and I decided to grow the surviving plant in the sun room.
Variety: Cucumber Bush Pickle 'Concombre Pepino Cetriolo', Plant Hart's Seeds, US$2.29.