Wednesday 17 April 2024

Veltheimia bracteata - update

 Also known as "The Forest Lily" has really put on a lovely show since about the end of February .

It didn't get too tall this year .

It has begun to develop seed pods .

I think it has been pollenated , maybe , by the tiny spider that lives on my kitchen window .See the cobweb ?

I am taking it up to the greenhouse for it to finish plumping up those precious seedpods and when they have done and become crisp , I will gather the seeds and sow them .

That is a seedling bulb growing along-side the mother plant  . They take a couple of years growing before they begin to bloom .   They die back and I keep them pretty dry through the summer and they seem to wake up again in the Autumn . 

        This evening's beautiful sunset . Note - the Swallows  have arrived ! 
                        Now listening out for the Cuckoos .

        I am really busy now out in the veg garden , shed and greenhouse  . Tomorrow  I will begin putting my Tomato plants and the cucumbers into their final big pot/bags .
 The compost is rubbish , we had to buy another lot ....more expensive and not much better than the first lot as it turned out . I am going to mix the two crappy composts together and add some perlite . I will be feeding the tomato plants later on . 
                  ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ That's all for now folks ! It's all happening now !  ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ


Monday 8 April 2024

My Bestie !


                                                     ๐ŸŒฟ ๐Ÿงก๐ŸŒฟ          

Sunday 7 April 2024

๐ŸŒฟReal Treasure๐ŸŒฟ

 Come with me , ever so quietly ...... 

                                  ....and take a peek .... shhhh ....

Saturday 6 April 2024

Metal Detecting Me !

 So I had an idea and got out the metal detector . It hasn't been used for a very long time and I am actually a bit worried that the batteries may be corroding inside it . 

I thought I'd just check it out , see if it still works ! 

So I swooped it up and down in the same place as I found the mud fairy ....and ..well I'm blowed made a beep !

Went and got my spade .......

Well I'm blowed !  A very pretty garden fork !  Looks quite old  , what d'you think ? 


The second sweep made a very loud noise , but it was just my spade .....and then the batteries definitely ran out ....  


Friday 5 April 2024

Mudlarking Me !


So I was just wandering around the garden , thinking about the next storm coming in . They've named it Storm Kathleen .  Severe gales . 

The sun is shining at the moment and it is quite mild out . Don't need a coat .  I'm still hurting under my left ribs,  after my fall the other day  , so I brought some logs in for the fire , but I am in too much pain to do anything else or any serious gardening . Taking paracetamol .

So I'm just mooching about really . The lichens colonising on the rocks in the labyrinth are really loving all the rain .

They are fascinating , beautiful and I leave them alone .

Then something caught  my eye ...... what on earth is that ?

Husband instantly thought "champagne cork !" 

I instantly thought " doll ! "

                 I gave it a bit of a wash in a puddle . 

                                                      ๐ŸŒฟ    ๐Ÿ˜ƒ   ๐ŸŒฟ

It made me chuckle !  I brought him in . Well I couldn't leave him outside in the mud with the nasty storm coming !   

                                         He's not looking very happy .

                                 Maybe I should clean him up a bit more .


Thursday 4 April 2024

๐ŸŒRain Rain Rain ๐ŸŒ


       It just does not stop raining and there another two named storms on the way .

             However , it is not so cold now and the tree ferns are beginning to stir .

To protect them over winter , I cover the crowns with dry fern leaves , which I have to remember to remove before the birds begin nesting .

   The new fronds are beginning to push up . I think a bird nest might easily be thrown off .

                                        They are just so beautiful !  

                                     ๐ŸŒง️      They don't mind the rain     ๐ŸŒฟ                       

The bad news is that my lovely new greenhouse is leaking , all over the place ....I am so disappointed .

My old greenhouse was built by the same company , it stood for about 15 years and although it became rather rickety it only began to leak from one window in the last couple of years  and we do get some severe gales here . It did well to last that long really .

The new one was very expensive and my husband so kind to have a new one built for me.....I felt absolutely terrible telling him that it is leaking .

 He has now been in touch with them about this . So I hope they will come and fix it soon .

I really need it to be dry as I grow cacti in here . Cacti need to be kept dry .

Fortunately I haven't brought the whole cactus collection back in yet , they are still in our front porch .

I am about to pot up the tomatoes and cucumbers into their final tubs and put up the strings for them to climb around , I've spent a lot of my time sowing and getting ready for this vegetable growing season .

This is a puddle right in the middle of the greenhouse , so it is coming in from the roof apex . This has got to be fixed as in the winter the water will freeze and possibly crack the glass .
There are plants in the greenhouse all year round . 
I am so upset .

Oh .......and last night was the night of snails ! Did you notice ?  They are all coming out now !


Tuesday 26 March 2024

Lettuces and Leeks


So while my husband was whizzing around with the lawnmower ....

.... I went up into the vegetable garden to check on my garlic . 
 I follow several really good Vegetable gardeners on YouTube and one of the best is Cliff and Diane's - Castle Hill Garden .  I highly recommend this YouTube channel ! 
 ๐ŸŒฟOh ! I will talk about some of my other favourites next time ๐ŸŒฟ

On yesterday's video , Cliff was saying that the garlic could benefit from a bit of a feed now .  I will have to have a rummage about in the shed to find some ! Also I can take off the grids now and do a bit of a weeding around them . I'm pleased with how they're looking .

Rhubarb is looking good too . I still have to plant out the clump that was coming up under the fence and another lot to give to my next door neighbour .

Primroses are coming up in the labyrinth .

I have been taking lots of photos of them with a view to doing some watercolour painting .

I was enjoying watching this little ant and took several photos of him until I noticed someone else in the picture ! 


Uploaded this by mistake . It's my second Monkey Puzzle baby that I planted out recently . I grew it from seed/nut about four or five years ago I think . They are fussy about where they want to grow . The one I planted in the far corner facing West was not happy and didn't make it . The one down in the lower garden facing South East is doing very well . So this one is also facing South East ...maybe more South actually , I am happy about all the rain we've had to get it settled in and get it's roots down .

I moved the cucumbers and tomato plants into the greenhouse for more all around light . I haven't filled the pot/bags with compost yet .   I'm still upset about the rubbish Verve compost and can't afford to buy another lot . I'm thinking that maybe it won't be so bad , as I will eventually be feeding the tomatoes .

Over in the shed , this water pumping sprayer thing has been brilliant , but now , a year on , has begun to splutter and not work properly . Husband needs to look at it . 
Tomato feed at the ready ....thinks to myself ...I need to find the other fertiliser for the garlic .

I got most of the leeks pricked out and potted on  . I don't usually do that . I usually wait until they are bigger . Not sure why I even did that really ...not really necessary . 
 We love leeks and grow lots of them ! I prefer to put my effort into growing leeks rather than onions . Onions don't do very well for me . They used to , but not any more . Having said that I have ordered a small amount of onion sets , Centurion white ones and Red Baron red ones . I wasn't going to as I felt I was falling behind in everything I had to do , but I feel like I'm catching up again now .  I also bought a packet of Spring Onion seeds - North Holland Blood Red . Simply because they look so pretty on the plate ! 

I love it when we have everything we need for a delicious salad . These are my Lettuce seedlings all potted up . Mostly Romaine varieties which we like . Flashy Trout , Jericho , red romaine , Paris Island  I think .  Time to sow more to keep them coming .
 I grow the lettuces in the shed to full size . I water them lovingly , sing to them and watch that no nasty slugs go crawling over them . ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿฅฌ๐ŸŒฟ

The Tomatoes are Super Sweet 100 f1 and Alicante . I have stopped trying out any other varieties as these always do so reliably well for me growing as I do in the greenhouse .
 I must remember to bring down the Sweet Peppers from my bedroom windowsill and put them into the greenhouse . I might even move them up into their final size pots now . Just thinking about it .

Time to sow some more veg seeds , I need to have a sort through my seed boxes .

Too soon to sow beans , courgettes and butternuts ...but I,m thinking about it and getting their pots ready !
I think I'm going to wait another week or two and sow some flower seeds instead .
 I have ordered some Sweet Corn , Spring Onion and Parsnip seeds .

             So that's all fer now folks ! 
                        I'm off to put my feet up and do another sort of sewing ! x


Good Morning Sunshine !


       Lovely morning . Blue sky . Sunshine . Sparkling dew . 

                The Spring surge is happening at last .

              Good morning little fern's time to wake up ! 

                   Good morning little honey bee ! 

Now I must go and get the washing done , it should be a good drying day last ! 

I'll be sorting out my seedlings up in the shed after brekkers .....see you later !  ๐ŸŒฟ