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Late August around the garden.

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This summer has been fantastic in the garden, compared to the last three when I can’t remember sitting out more than half a dozen times because it was either raining or the wind was so cold. We have hardly been indoors this summer and it’s been such a pleasure to work, play with the grandchildren or just sit in the garden. My garden had just about finished flowering by this time last year, so it’s lovely to see so many plants still going strong today and more just coming into flower. Here are a few I am quite pleased with……

The Echinops seeds I set in the spring are only just big enough to pot on. seeds were never so slow to grow as they seem to have been last spring. I’m not sure if it was the coolness or the poorness of the compost I bought. I hope I can keep them for next year.

I am thrilled with these rose cuttings I took 2 years ago. They have all flowered really well this year.


The fruit and veg have done pretty well this year. The strawberries are just finishing. The grandchildren have loved picking them. Same with the peas, they have eaten as many from the pods in the garden as they have had cooked. I poach the pears and store in the freezer. They taste like tinned pears and everyone likes them. The Greengage plums are almost finished, they have been very sweet and juicy this year. I am hoping to make some Crab apple jelly with all the fruit on the crab apple and some Chinese Pickle with the green tomatoes and the cucumbers. The thornless blackberry and runner beans have produced loads this year and we have been really enjoying picking and eating them. I have managed to freeze quite a few too. The only thing I was disappointed with was the broccoli because I left it too late to protect them with fleece and the cabbage whites got to them so they are full of caterpillars and holes now!!! We have only had a couple of boilings, the rest will have to go in the compost. Never mind, it’s a lesson learned…lol The onions are ready for lifting. We have been pulling them as we need them up to now along with the beetroot. I am going to make Beetroot chutney later.
Well thats about all for now . We have 3 days to ourselves before the children arrive again for the weekend, so it’s into the garden, legs up and chill out.
I hope you are still enjoying this summer in your garden and feeling the benefit of the warmth and sunshine. I hope it goes on for at least another month…..

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Yes, it has been a wonderful season, and so welcome after the last few years. It will be great if it lingers for a while.

Your garden looks lovely. You must be thrilled to have such success with the rose cuttings.

Enjoy your quiet days!

28 Aug, 2013

 

Thanks, I am thrilled with the cuttings. I have taken some from the Hot Chocolate rose.....fingers crossed they take root.

28 Aug, 2013

 

A good chance, I should think.

28 Aug, 2013

 

I'm glad you've been making the most of the weather. Your plants seem to have thrived too :o)
Good luck with your veg and fruit ! I'm sure you'll continue to enjoy them ...

28 Aug, 2013

bjs
Bjs
 

Your garden looks really good well done.

28 Aug, 2013

 

Looking really nice Hb, good range of colours as well.

28 Aug, 2013

 

Wonderfully productive garden Hb.....well done with the roses...I have a 'hot chocolate'...any tips on rooting please?...:>)

28 Aug, 2013

 

Your gdn is lovely & also very productive.It must save you quite a lot of money as veg is so expensive in the supermarkets these days,& so much nicer to just go & pick& eat fresh. I grew a runner bean called Cobra, it has tiny lilac flowers & the beans are like French Beans.They were really just grown to plug a hole in the fence, but turned out to be nice, so next year I'm going for a few extra.Love your double pink hollyhock,& the pale pink Fuchsia.This weather is fab. long may it continue.Rest up before the week-end & enjoy your g.children when they come!

28 Aug, 2013

 

Enjoy your 3 days respite Hb.!! Lovely show you've got in your garden,whats your pink penstemon called?

28 Aug, 2013

 

Wow everything looking so good !

28 Aug, 2013

 

Thankyou everyone. The way I took cuttings for the roses Motti was to cut an 8-10 inch piece of this years growth and cut the top above a bud and the bottom below a bud, removing all the bottom leaves and just leaving 2 or 3 at the top. Then insert four around the edge of a medium size pot filled with moist compost and vermiculite. (50/50) I put the pot in the shade and brought it into the cold greenhouse for the winter. The ones that rooted, I potted up individually last summer and they flowered this year. I'm going to try with the other roses this year. It's always worth a try...nothing to lose eh! Some people dip the end in rooting powder but I didn't as I hadn't any at the time.

Feverfew I wouldn't mind trying those Cobra beans. I used to grow white flowering climbing French beans but they didn't crop for as long as these Scarlet emperor. They were lovely and tender though.
Gralew the Penstemon is Beech Park. It's done really well again this year.

28 Aug, 2013

 

Your garden is still looking lovely Hb. with quite a lot of colour, mine seems to be fading fast now although i have noticed the roses trying to flower yet again so that's a bonus. Glad the little ones have been a help in picking things! they are funny aren't they, no waiting for things to be cooked, mind you I used to eat all my mum's peas, fond memories there. I tell you that we purchased some compost BOGOF, and it was the worst compost ever, all our veg. failed everything, so I uprooted the tomatoes and gave them some fresh compost from B&Q and they are providing us now with fruit, at least we saved something, will never buy that rubbish compost again, think its best to purchase what you know and not always a cheap one!

28 Aug, 2013

 

Thanks Grandmage its nice to have a prolonged flowering season for a change isn't it. The youngsters have loved being in the garden with me. Matthew was miffed because there weren't any carrots ready...lol they were inspecting the blueberry bush every hour, it seemed, in case another one was ripe enough.. Emily must have sown a pepper seed in the fruit border because she keeps saying its growing, while looking at a wallflower plant!!! I will tell her I moved it into the greenhouse, as the ones in there are coming on well now. Lol. I cut all the rhubarb down a couple of weeks ago and I noticed today that its got quite a few leaves coming up again. That will be the third lot this year!!
We got the compost from B&Q 3 forĀ£10, but it was very rough stuff. I tried John Inness seed compost but that was too heavy, so mixed it with Pearlite and that helped a bit. This last lot I got from B&Q seems loads better. Pity you can't see through the bags...lol

28 Aug, 2013

 

Hi Sheila, your garden is looking really good, a lot more colour in it than there is in mine, well done, Derek.

28 Aug, 2013

 

Thankyou very much Derek.

28 Aug, 2013

 

Hasn't this summer been marvellous HB! Glad to have read you've been making the most of it - as have the grandchildren. I live very near a childrens play park and it's been great all summer listening to them all laughing, shouting and on occasion crying.
You've masses still going on - gorgeous hot summer colours. Can you tell me - is the yellow flower a perennial sunflower please?

28 Aug, 2013

 

Which one do you mean Scottish?

28 Aug, 2013

 

Homebird your garden has always been a lovely garden so its great that the flowering season has been extended this year with the great weather we have been having, and I can see you are going to be extra busy in the kitchen with all that produce.

28 Aug, 2013

 

Thanks very much Stroller for a lovely comment. I think my garden has improved in leaps and bounds since I joined you on here. It's given me the impetuous to change things and ideas of what I want. I have prepared the veg today for the pickle and got it soaking in salt water for tomorrow when I can finish it. I sit in the garden and prep the beans for freezing. It's not a chore then....lol

28 Aug, 2013

 

Oops sorry HB should have said 7th picture down.

28 Aug, 2013

 

A lovely selection of colour,H.bird..and all that produce too..but you have a few little willing hands to help you pick it,and eat it ! :o) I'm happy with this summer too..and I think we are all reaping the rewards this year,be it flowers or fruit and veg..let's hope for another good month :o)

28 Aug, 2013

 

It's Heliopsis Scottish. Between 4 and 6 foot tall. Can be quite invasive. The roots run a mock if you let it, so best contained. I dig round it every spring and remove the runners to keep it where I want it. You are right it's been a great summer and its so nice to hear the children laughing and enjoying themselves. We all needed a good summer this year, the eternal cold and dull weather was getting us all down. I certainly feel better. X

28 Aug, 2013

 

Oh! I do hope so Bloomer. Thank you so much. We were all ready for a proper summer for a change weren't we. The gardens have responded well too and really made being out there a pleasure.

28 Aug, 2013

amy
Amy
 

Still plenty of colour there Hb ,your flowers / fruit /veg have done very well it has been a wonderful summer , like you we have been outside as much as possible , you do your rose cuttings the same way I do except Mine aren't that long I count 4 buds from top to bottom I also find it easier to put them in a trench in the garden because I'm lazy and they take less looking after Lol ...

29 Aug, 2013

 

Haven't you got Greenfingers HB? Lots of wonderful colour and produce (the garden peas which I have grown in the past have Never seen the pan!) Let's hope the forecast of an autumnal September is wrong and we keep summer a little longer. Enjoy the grand children at the weekend.

30 Aug, 2013

 

Yes,you have some great colour for this time of year.It's been a smashing summer(once it finally got started)
On my veg patch, I've found the fruiting plants and Brassicas have done brilliantly but roots have been pretty much a waste of time(I think the soil stayed cold after such a long late winter and cold spring)
Ps, I have a specially made frame covered with Enviromesh(Agralan) to protect my Brassicas.it really is the best way, I've found(although very expensive) and our Calabrese and cabbages have beensuperb this year.

31 Aug, 2013

 

Amy thankyou, I will try that with the rose cuttings..

Waddy thankyou. hasn't it been cold lately. The forcaster said tonight that the temperature today was what we would normally expect for the end of October. Brrrr.

Thanks Paul, T is goig to build me a friut cage type structure over my small veg plot for next year that I can cover with fleece. My greens were clean as a whistle and growing brilliantly until I removed the fleece cloche and put net over. The butterflies got in and within the week the cabbage had more holes in than a net curtain..... and the broccoli were useless as they were full of caterpillars. The only things left were the sprouts. We live and learn....lol

16 Sep, 2013

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