So much has happened over the last week, with birthday celebrations and spending time with friends and family, it was only just now when reading The Patient Gardeners July End of Month View, I realised it’s the 1st of August. I then reviewed my earlier EOMV’s and saw that the last EOMV was the video at the end of May. I missed out June!
My Twitter friends will know I was bought a beautiful Nikon SLR camera for my birthday. There is so much to learn, it will take me many, many months to take photographs that are anyway near right and then there will still be more to learn. As practice makes perfect, all these photos were taken using the new camera. Some of the plants you will notice have droplets of water on them; I watered the garden early this morning, because, at long last we are due for a decent spell of Summer weather and it is expected to be hot today. Yes, it’s Monday and I have not given up work, or retired (if only), but have taken a long weekend as a break and that is why I am managing to write this post during the day.
Where to begin in the garden? The vegetables are doing well and the French Climbing Bean, Cobra, has served me (and my neighbours) well. It is still producing beans and flowering so I am hoping I will have a lot more.
I was very late with my tomatoes this year, and although I had planned to grow Gardeners Delight and Sungold, I have only grown Gardeners Delight. They are looking good and I have removed several of the lower leaves to allow the sun through to ripen them. None has ripen enough to eat, but there will be plenty when they are ready.
A neighbour gave me a yellow courgette plant and being honest I have to admit to not looking after it properly. I plonked it quickly in a pot with the intention of either moving it into a larger deeper pot, (last year I used Long Tom terracotta pots) or a Grow Bag. As is the way of things, it got forgotten and has not done too well. It is, however, still producing some courgettes but I am not sure how much longer.
After a warm and long dry Spring, the weather paid us back and we have had a lot of rain and it actually became quite chilly again for a while. This put paid to my chilli and pepper plants, they have been eaten down to the stalk by the snails and what was left never recovered as it has not been warm enough. Ah well, there is always next year.
One lovely surprise is the £1 stick bought from Poundland earlier in the year which is now producing raspberries. I didn’t think it would fruit until next year, so with a little bit of luck and the birds staying away, I should have a crop of raspberries soon.
In order to photograph the raspberries I had to lean past the Fennel, the flowers are just beginning to seed. I love the smell of fennel and must remember to collect the seeds.
The side garden/patio area is looking very colourful, with Montbretia, Fuchsias and Japanese Anemones all in flower.
When taking photos of the Japanese Anemones, I thought I should try my hand at the macro and exceedingly well timed a bumble bee turned up.
The other plants on the patio are my Olive tree, bought for me 10 years ago by my daughters as a 50th birthday present. This flowers and fruits every year but to date I have never had any olives large enough to pick. I have been told they would be very bitter anyway.
The £2.99 M&S Passion Flower, now in its 3rd year, continues to do an excellent job camouflaging the water butt by the kitchen door…
… and the Hibiscus at the bottom of the garden is flowering magnificently.
On a final note, the roses are still blooming and I found a grasshopper on one of them, who was most obliging and stayed motionless for me, while I clicked away!
Thank you Helen (Patient Gardener) for your timely reminder for the End of Month View.