Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Days of Roses

 Aah ....I wish I could share with  you the perfume of this gorgeous rose growing in my hedgerow !
        It was already here when we moved house .
  Can anyone identify the name of this rose for me please ?

 It rambles through the ferns , primroses, foxgloves, clematis and lovely Johnson's Blue  Geraniums .

                                                   Geranium  Johnson's Blue .

 I also have Rosa " American Pillar " which I brought with me from An Grouse Cottage , when we moved from there . A rambling Wichurana rose bred by Dr Walter Van Fleet in 1862 . It is a very popular rose and can be seen in many of our prettiest gardens in and around Mullion village  .
 I never move house without taking cuttings and when they bloom , their flowers and scent bring back such happy memories .


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Poppies and Cosmos

Very very hot today , but I managed to do a bit in the veg garden this morning . I got up at 4.30 am ,opened up the greenhouse windows , wearily hauled watering cans around  , pulled weeds , planted out the last of the Runner Beans and stood mesmerised by the beauty of it all .

Two years ago my church friends ( St Michael's Church Mullion )  Derrick and Moira gave me an envelope full of Poppy seeds from her garden before she moved away .
We do miss you Moira !
 I scattered them everywhere, I love Poppies !

                       Well , they didn't come up , not a single one , until this year !

                       Just so lovely, hopefully I will never be without them now !

 I always leave a few leeks to flower for the bees and try to save their seeds for next year .

 The veg beds are full of foxgloves white and pink , the strange leek buds and Poppies .

                When the sun comes up the bees will be dancing around them.

             I very soon had to go in , happy that I,d done a little bit in the veg garden .
The Gete okosomin Squash is still doing ok and spent the night outside to acclimatise .
I dont know how much the roots have grown and if they are established enough to be planted out  yet .I think I,ll wait untill the weather breaks and we get some rain .
 It is SO hot now ,as I,m writing this . We have all come in to get away from the heat .
We will walk the dog later on when it cools down a little .
 Birdie is busy feeding her young , but is still coming for her grapes...nice and cool from the fridge .

                Remember I said that I,d pinched out my Cosmos seedlings ?

Well I had put the tops into a vase of water , rather absent mindedly actually .
     .....but look !..........   roots  !  :)
So if you haven't pinched yours out yet , you might like to do this and get some more Cosmos plants for free !  

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Gete okosomin --- Very hot days !

                                Do you ever get the feeling you're being watched ?

                                    He's waiting for me to plant out my Cosmos !
I haven't been able to plant them out as now the weather is just so unbearably hot and the ground too hard and dry . I'll plant them out during the next rain shower..for now , I have pinched the tops off to make them grow bushier and they are on the garden chair out of reach of cheeky Peter Rabbit !

Gete-okosomin Squash update ..The "cutting" was in the Solar shed , during the day the leaves drooped terribly in the heat even though I opened the window . It would then pick up over night . It looked to me that although the big leaves were drooping  , there was some new growth coming .

The weather has been getting hotter and  hotter here in Mullion ( lots of people getting sunburnt on the local beaches) So I brought it out of the Solar shed and put it on the picnic table .

                                    It really did not like the hot mid-day sun .

                                                So I found a shadier spot for it .
The stump with the three cotyldon leaves as withered away , it is still in the ground and I'll leave it for a bit longer in case it sends up a shoot from below , but I doubt it .
 But I think I might have saved the cutting feeling a bit happier today  .