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Six on Saturday – 25th July 2020

So our wash-out summer continues here in the west of Ireland. I would cope with the rain if we just had a little bit more sun! But still the garden grows.

  1. First this week opium poppies. These poppies come up every year in the vegetable path and are loved by bees (and me too!).

2. Next, another vegetable plot flower is Calendula. These are ones my daughter set from saved seed.

3. Some broccoli ready to harvest, not the biggest heads but hopefully we will get some side shots too.

4. A meadow brown butterfly. The netting is not to keep these butterflies out (they lay their eggs on grasses) but their cousins, the White butterflies.

5. We have had the first ripe tomatoes from the greenhouse.

6. And finally this week some sweet pea. Only just coming into flower.

Thanks to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday

Cool wet summer and garden production

Our cool wet summer is continuing. Every morning we wake in the hope of seeing blue skies, but even if it is clear it soon clouds over and the showers start. The temperatures have not got above 20 degrees Celsius for weeks now and it is often only about 16. The vegetables are growing but only slowly. Only the cabbages are thriving – they don’t mind the wet and cool temperatures. Though we have had plenty slug damage and some caterpillar damage too. We’ve been suffering some wind damage too.

Outside the courgettes and beans and even the mange tout are really struggling and look pathetically small.  There are plenty tay berries but they are not getting sweet and some are going moldy.

Tay berries

Tay berries

The red currants did crop well and there was enough for the blackbirds and for us. I made some pots of jam – as I like to add red currant jam to my gravies (because I am too lazy to make red currant jelly!).

Red currants

Red currants

It’s the first year I have tried the brassica Romanesco – this is our first one and the other plants are looking healthy so fingers crossed.



There are fewer poppies than last year but they are still beautiful. The borage is proving popular with the bees.