Category Archives: Garden

Tree of Life

I was actually going to write this post for last week’s Lens artist challenge but as I didn’t get time to post, I thought as Tina was offering “you pick it” it seemed a good opportunity to do anyway. This post is about our crab apple tree. In the spring it never fails to blossom and it is packed full of flowers. The closed buds are pink which open into white blossoms with flushes of pink.

The blossom attracts bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

By Autumn the tiny fruit have developed.

And now the blackbirds are visiting and are enjoying what is left of the apples.

And on top of all this pleasure the tree gives us, it is also our robin’s friend favourite tree.

Dedicated to David, who left this earth on the 27th November 2020, and always loved his garden and his garden birds.

Six on Saturday – 7th November

A late six on Saturday for this week.

  1. Calendula – the only thing really left flowering and it is in the polytunnel.

2. Still the leaves, what is left of them, are still providing some colour.

3. More leaves

4. We are still enjoying brassicas too. Firstly a very mini cauliflower in the polytunnel.

5. Romanesco

6. And finally my favourite to eat, purple sprouting broccoli.

Thanks to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday – Happy Halloween

Of course it being Halloween I have to start with the pumpkins this week. Not home grown this year, but kids made good job with their carvings all the same.

There is also a full moon tonight. Not the best of photos, but this is it through the trees.

We had some gales earlier with Storm Aiden, leaving most of the remaining leaves on the ground.

However, I did manage to get a photo of the dogwood yesterday before the storm arrived (it is pretty much stripped bare now).

And the field maple, which always goes a lovely yellow shade too.

We have also started feeding the birds again too. Here a blue tit, coal tit and great tit all sharing.

So wishing you all a very Happy All Hallows Eve. And special thanks to The Propagator for hosting six on Saturday.

Six on Saturday – 3rd October 2020

October and things are looking autumnal – so some autumn leaves to start.

  1. Chokeberry leaves

2.  Medlar leaves – no fruit on it at all this year.

3.  Szechuan pepper, pretty leaves but no fruit on this one either this year!

4. And finally a success – well if you can call three pears successful!

5. And some decent sized onions.

6. And finally this week elderberries, which grow wild in our local hedgerows and they are having a good year, with plenty fruit.

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

Six on Saturday – 26th September 2020

Today we woke to the first frost of the season, with more forecast for tonight. So it is the end of the runner beans, courgettes and no more opportunity for the world’s smallest pumpkin to get any bigger for Halloween! It about the size of my fist. It was just not warm enough for the squashees and pumpkins this year.

Tiny pumpkin

2. I thought I might be able to salvage some of the remaining runner beans but they were soft and not very appetizing. There are a few dwarf ones left in the greenhouse.

runner beans

3. Plenty brassicas to keep us fed though and the leaves of the kale were looking rather good in the frost.

Frosted kale

4. We didn’t get many blueberries either this year but the last remaining berry and the reddening leaves also looked nice in the frost.

Blueberry

5. A self-seeded fennel, also with frost crystals.

FEnnel

6. And finally this week some parsnip seeds, looking very autumnal.

Parnsip seed

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Six on Saturday – 19 September 2020

Here we had a lovely warm sunny day, better that most of the days we had in August. The warmer temperatures the last week have finally brought out the asters which were stubbornly refusing to flower.

  1. The first is a pink one. Not many flowers but the poor thing is living in a pot waiting for a nice bed to find a home in. I think I have the place now – not sure if it would be best planted out once it has finshed flowering or to wait till the spring.
Aster

2. A purple aster with smaller flowers. This one at least is in a flower bed.

Aster

3. Next this week is a late flowering opium poppy with a common carder bee.

Opium poppy

4. A bit of a caterpillar infestation on the ragged jack kale!

Caterpillars on ragged jack

5. A marrow that will hopefully make its way to be chutney with some of the green tomatoes in the greenhouse.

Marrow

6. And finally this week I just liked this pattern on a beetroot we had for dinner so I thought I would share it.

Beetroot

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six On Saturday.

Six on Saturday – 5th September 2020

Yes it is definitely feeling autumnal now. So first this week some apples.

  1. Crab apples. This tree was packed with blossom earlier in the year and we have some fruits but not as much as other years. They are also a bit scaby.
Crab apple

2. Another apple – this time an eater – a Bardsey. Again very few fruit but one of the few which has fruited this year (we had a very late frost).

Bardsey apple

3. Chilli peppers in the greenhouse. I just had one plant, but it has a good crop so I will probably dry them.

Chillies

4. Caterpillar damage on the brassicas – mostly in the polytunnel. The netted beds outside are generally okay.

5. Now this one is puzzling. This is purple sprouting broccoli which isn’t relay supposed to produce broccoli till spring – so is it just very confused or did I plant it too early? I shouldn’t complain though as I will enjoy eating it.

Purple spouting broc

6. And finally two of our seven chicks . They are growing quick.

Covie and Tina

Thanks to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

Six on Saturday – 29th August 2020

This week I am combining Six on Saturday with the Lens-artist photograph challenge, using the word “Growing”. So what is growing in the garden this week?

  1. Twin courgettes – in fact con-joined twins.
Courgette

2. Squash: very little fruit – too wet and cold this year I think.

Squash plants

3. Runner beans – not plentiful, but there at least. Let’s hope for a good September so we get a good crop.

Runner beans

4. Rose – possibly the last rose of summer.

Rose

5. Chamomile flowers.

Chamomile

6. Beetroot – we have had nice sized beetroot this year.

Beetroot.

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday, and

The Lens-Artists for hosting their weekly photo challenge.

Six on Saturday – 22 August 2020

Hard to believe we are heading into the last week of August. So here is the six from this week’s garden.

  1. Despite the damp morning this large white was hanging about.
Large white butterfly

2. It could probably smell these – brassicas. The wet summer has suited pretty much all our brassicas and they are doing well – but netting is essential to keep at least the majority of butterflies out.

Brassicas

3. Cucumbers have been coming but not in any quantity – I think it may not be hot enough for them, even in the greenhouse.

Cucumber

4. Another item that is scarce this year is fruit. I counted four pears on this tree today and that is all the pears from three trees and apples are equally scarce. I blame the late May frost.

Pear

5. This on the other hand was a success. I collected some bloody cranesbill, Geranium sanguineum, seed from wild plants growing in the Burren last year and have managed to grow two plants. I don’t think they are frost hardy so I am going to keep them in the polytunnel in pots.*UPDATE – Thanks to Eliza for spotting that this is probably not Geranium sanguineum but possibly Geranium sylvaticum, in which case it is not from the Burren but from seed from a friend’s garden!

Geranium SPP.

6. And finally this week – one of my favourite later summer wildflowers – devils bit scabious in the meadow.

Devils-bit scabious

Thanks to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.