Rain on Curly Kale – Wordless Wednesday

Rain on Curly Kale

Sunflower Competition 2014 WINNER!

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The sunflowers have all grown to their highest peak so it is time to announce this years winner of the Sowandso Sunflower competition 2014.

Wildflowers – Wordless Wednesday

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Growing Veg in a Flower Border

Veg and flower border feature

This year I am experimenting with growing vegetables in a flower border because believe or not, some vegetables can be just as beautiful as flowers!

Swamp Milkweed – Asclepias Incarnata

Swampweed Feature

This lovely flower with an unfortunate name has been growing for the second year in my garden and for the first time it has produced these light pink flowers.

4 Reasons to Grow Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi green feature

Last year I had not even heard of Kohlrabi but friends of mine gave me a few seeds to try out and I must say I am pleasantly surprised by this vegetable.

First Artichoke Flower – Wordless Wednesday

First Artichoke flower Feature

Wildflower Meadow in full Bloom

Wildflower Meadow Feature

Remember we sowed a wildflower meadow in March? We sowed perennials indigenous to the region and suitable for the heavy clay soil we have here.

First Blueberry of the Season – Wordless Wednesday

Blueberries Feature

The Polytunnel in July

Polytunnel in July feature

It’s already mid July and summer is well and truly here. We’ve had our first heatwave making it extremely hot in the polytunnel. In these conditions, the only thing to do is water the plants very early in the morning, open all the doors and side ventilation and leave it be until dinner time for a quick in-and-out to harvest produce for supper.

Our very first rose…

Rose Feature

This year I am growing roses for the first time. I never bothered with them before, thinking they were fussy and needed a lot of maintenance but when I saw a box containing two plants for 2.99 at our local budget supermarket I thought, why not!

Elderflower Champagne Recipe

Elderflowers ready for champagne making

Don’t you just love the smell of elderflowers? Did you know that next to elderflower cordial you could also make a delicious elderflower champagne? And that it is extremely easy to do?

Nuts for Cobnuts – Wordless Wednesday

Cobnut feature

Harvest Monday – July 7th

Harvest Monday July 7th feature

All that sunshine that we have been having has done wonders for the vegetables in the polytunnel. Everything is growing a lot faster then last year but then again, we constructed the tunnel in April so this year I had the advantage of an early start.