The weather will be gorgeous this weekend, which means it will be really hot to work in my back garden (the allotment is out for the moment as my friend is on a holiday). We are progressing slowly with putting in the stepping stones and ground cover and I will post later in the week about that, I think.
Here are bits and pieces from around the garden:
Lilies have started to grow – I got at deal from RHS, however, I have never grown them before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t realise they would be so feathery when they are new. Bonus is evidence that I reuse potting mix when I can – an errant Swiss chard (I think) and a tomato seedling. The sweet peas were not germinating well so I guess I just stuck them in old mix and there were other seeds that hadn’t germinated and now decided the time was right. It just goes to show that you should wait a little longer before getting rid of seeds that haven’t shown up yet; although depending on which tomato that turns out to be I think three (or five) months is a long time to be patient.
Oh and the lilies are ‘Black Beauty’, Lilium speciosum var. rubrum and Lilium regale – however one of the three I planted in the ground and they have not shown up (shh I think they are dead; unless…). The weather was so bad, that the delay made them very wrinkly so I am glad some decided to show up.
Generic garden bed picture – we have been enjoying Swiss chard and kale for dinner in recent nights and a couple of dwarf courgettes that I fried in bread crumbs (I don’t like courgette but you can’t really have bad ‘anything’ fried in breadcrumbs)
Most of my tomatoes are in flower – I am trying the string cordon method this year; last year it was the ‘wild I don’t have time to prune’ method so I am mixing it up this year. I am going to let three main shoots grow and then prune/pinch the rest through the year. This is ‘Money Maker’ (or ‘Blizzard’ F2, I am not sure), it is the biggest so I have had to tie this already as it was falling over (but only a couple of feet high).
Tiny ‘Miniature White’ cucumber – it is a very small plant and next year I hope the weather is warmer earlier or I will sow later.
I thought that the corn was doing fine in the cold weather as it was growing slowly and getting fatter stalks but yesterday I see that it is already tasselling even though it is only a couple of feet high. I read that this is due to the cold weather (or can be drought) stressing them out but most people said that when the weather became warm they shot up and still produced ears like they were supposed to. I have six stalks so even one each will still be a nice amount but at the moment they are too short to even fit an ear on so I don’t what the tassel is even going to pollinate.
The grand finale (or beginning I guess) is the peony (unknown inherited with house); on Wednesday it was about to bust so I said I would post on Saturday if it opened. It is the first one but I am sure there will be many to follow since we are expecting another lot of 27 degrees next week; I am going to buy a swimming pool for myself.
I hope you are all having a lovely bank holiday weekend (or regular non-fiscally related weekend) and that the weather will be as sunny as my back garden is right now. Now that this brag-athon is over and you would like to see more Six on Saturday then head over to The Propagator – the master creator of this lovely tradition; I am off to toil in the soil.