Hard to believe we are heading into the last week of August. So here is the six from this week’s garden.
- Despite the damp morning this large white was hanging about.
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.
3. Cucumbers have been coming but not in any quantity – I think it may not be hot enough for them, even in the greenhouse.
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.
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!
6. And finally this week – one of my favourite later summer wildflowers – devils bit scabious in the meadow.
Thanks to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.