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

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Before and After Shots

It's always interesting to see how plants develop so I thought I would show a few before and after shots of some plants as they have developed in the garden.

The Aquilegia / Columbine (pictured above) look great in its prime (left) and about four weeks later they're full of seed heads. This is one plant I can't bother to remove spent flowers - way too much work!
Above: Potatoes emerge (1st June) and pictured below several weeks later (22 June).
Above and Below: Potatoes growing in a container with two weeks growth and some earthing up in between photos.

Above: Salad bed at its infancy (26 May).
Below: Salad bed approx six weeks later in July.
The chives keep multiplying. Above photo taken 1st June and three weeks later in flower (below). 
I'm hoping to organise my photo library soon to get more 'before' and 'after' shots - if you have any, please do show them on your blog!

Copyright: All words and photos are property of Kelli's Northern Ireland Garden.


  1. That's very nice to see how a plant developped.
    I hope you show us more in the future, because I like to see it just so jou let's see us.

    greetings Elly

  2. Very nice, Kelli, to see your garden grow and develop. I love the chives blooming...mine never bloom.

  3. It never ceases to amaze does it? I predict lots more aquilegias from those seed heads.

  4. It doesn't take long for everything to grow once they get going. I always gets lots of self seeded aquilegias as I never remove spent flowers either.

  5. Looks really great. Again I'm jealous of your lettuce. Seeing this I get a crazy desire to move to Ireland. I could grow all the lettuce I want without this horrible heat :D

  6. It is hard to keep up with the garden and the photos, isn't it? I don't bother to dead head the columbine. They will self seed and then will be more next year. They are one my favorites. Your garden looks great.