Tuesday, 22 May 2012


Today we ate our first new potatoes and they were really, really good. Only six of them but enough for the two of us! I don't think the plant has produced very many as I had to scrabble around for these but better than none! The lettuce seeds are doing well and managed to survive the dry spell without water while we were away in Malvern. I can see that we will be having lots of blackcurrants again. I still haven't used all of last years! Graeme mowed the lawn and trimmed the edges so although the borders are weed invested the garden actually looks quite tidy! I need to spend some concentrated time on doing things in the garden before it gets totally out of hand!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012


It is surprising how quickly one forgets and how much can change in a short space of time. I love being a member of Blotanical which is a website for gardening blogs from all over the world. Prior to my ex husband leaving me I was able to use the site extensively and knew exactly what I was doing. And I had a lot of fun and got to know a lot of people. All in all a great site of which to be a member. Now however after a couple of years during which I met and married husband no. 2, I have lost all idea as to how things work and there is so much new stuff that I am bewildered as to where to start. I expect I'll get there eventually but it is frustrating to say the least! Especially as I am now back into gardening and thoroughly enjoying it!

I would have been happy to move up to Edinburgh to live with my new husband in his home town but he decided to move down to Cornwall instead. Well what's not to like about that? He can wear shorts all year round and we don't need thousands of blankets to keep warm! Also the gardening is much easier as everything is earlier! He doesn't garden but he is brilliant with grass! So for the first time in years my lawn might look respectable!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Things are Growing!

I managed to get into the garden this Easter before the rains came! The potatoes are doing well and I also planted  some second earlies plus a few main crop

It is amazing as to how much compost these need! So when I was at the garden centre I also bought some herbs. Namely; dill, coriander and tarragon. I planted them into pots and also sowed some seeds thinly around the plants. 

I have a good clump of sorrel growing in the herb garden and think I will have a go at making sorrel soup. I haven't made it before but I have been told that it is delicious! 

The blackcurrants and blueberry bushes are doing well. The new bush that I transplanted is looking healthy and has a lot of leaf on it.

I pruned the blueberry this year hoping that it would encourage it to make more new growth. It is looking promising! 

The blackcurrants around the bird table are doing well too. These are earlies and there is one Scottish variety that doesn't start doing anything until late May! They all have produced a large crop of fruit in the past. 

This planter had chives in it but I have noticed that I have Feverfew (herb) everywhere this year. It makes a very soothing tea though I haven't used it as such. The other self sown plant that is covering the ground is the For-get-me-not! But it is very pretty so I leave it alone!

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Hints of Spring!

At last there are signs of Spring coming. I love Forget-Me-Knots and the early signs of blue flowers are cheering. I love the way some of the flowers are pinky purple as well as blue though I know these colours won't stay when the plant gets bigger and will revert to the normal blue.  

The creeping comfrey has gone completely wild and is everywhere. The flowers are like snowdrops and look most attractive but sadly a lot of it will have to be grubbed up! It is just like ordinary comfrey in that the leaves can be used on swellings and knocks on one's bones to help them heal. 

And I am delighted at the way my blackcurrant cuttings have taken off. They are being hardened off and then will be planted into a larger pot before being planted into the garden. 

The new potatoes I planted in buckets are breaking through the compost and soon I'll have to cover them with more compost. I'm really looking forward to having new potatoes in about twelve weeks time. Yummy! 

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Then and now!

The above photo is of the garden now. Pots have been left since they last flowered and leaves have gathered around them. A sad and sorry sight. The rest of the garden isn't much better!

The photo above and below are of how it used to look at the same time but a couple of years ago! Unfortunately although I lost interest for a year or two things went on growing! Leaves fell from the oak tree and buried plants and earth. The birds had a great time scratching for bugs under the carpet of leaves.

Herbs such as lemon balm have grown where they wanted and spread over a large part of the herb garden. Marjoran and oregano have gone wild. The herbs I really like have given up the ghost and gone. So I have to plant more dill, basil and coriander. These are not hardy perennials but with our mild winters I had found they went on from year to year but neglect did for them eventually!  

A bit of good news! After Graeme moved the blackcurrant bush I pruned it and in a fit of waste not, want not, I put the cuttings into some compost and put it on the kitchen window sill. And now the cuttings are showing signs of life. The buds are breaking open to show green tips of leaves. So if all goes well I will have four new blackcurrant bushes. Of course blackcurrant is one of the easiest plants to propogate!

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Sunny and Warm!

How lovely on the first day in March to have no wind and lots of lovely warm sunshine! It was so lovely that I had to spend as much time as possible outside before I had to go to work. Graeme moved a blackcurrant for me which is something I've been meaning to do for a long time. Now it is in the sun and hopefully will produce lots of fruit. It is a large sweet fruiting variety so will be a good addition to the smaller fruited varieties.

The birds have been collecting the moss that we have raked up off the lawn for their nests. The magpies have already got a nest going in the Hawthorne tree and are making a continual racket as they wage war with the wood pigeons! The squirrel is their other target!

Lots of self sown for-get-me nots, so there will be some colour a bit later on. At the moment the only thing flowering is the evergreen clematis and the flowers though pretty are fairly nondescript. They are white with purple streaks inside the bell shape which one doesn't see unless one is right underneath the flower. The camelia continues to be a riot of colour with more buds blossoming daily.

Sadly they have forcast rain for the weekend which apart from keeping the potato buckets moist will impinge on any gardening I might do. Oh well back to the sewing machine and the dyeing!

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Back in the garden!

Well I have finally got back into the garden. My new husband isn't a gardener but he's good with lawns! At the moment he is tackling the moss that has taken a hold over half of it! 
The garden is really sad as nothing has been done to it for over two years. So I am now fired up with enthusiasm to tidy and get planting. 

I made a good start today by planting two planters with new potatoes! 

I also did some pruning and gathered up some of the many fallen leaves. The herb garden had a good tidying up and now looks quite bare.  

It needs forking over and weeding now. At the same time as we bought the compost for the potatoes I also bought some seeds and want to grow lettuce, beetroot and more herbs such as dill, basil and tarragon. We have had such a mild winter that the bronze fennel and the ordinary fennel have both overwintered with no problems. 

The camelia is looking lovely and so early!