Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Chrysolina americana

            A couple of rosemary beetles on a lavender flower

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Clockwork Strawberry

The first ripe strawberry appears and tastes excellent. Coincidentally, eight years ago the first strawberry arrived on the same date.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Primed and ready to go

                               Planted out sweetcorn

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Nearly there

The gooseberries are fattening and ripening. The first should be ready to harvest in a week. Wood pigeons have started to take an interest in them, so it's a good idea to protect them with a thick net that won't get ripped to shreds on the thorns.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Crisp & Fresh

                  Plenty of crisp, fresh lettuce about now.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Out back

                    The garden's starting to come alive

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Spotted two red damselflies today, a mile apart from each other.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Not my Kniphofia

                Neighbour's red hot pokers looking flaming good

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Deadhead dianthus

These dianthus have been happy in a hanging basket for several years and respond well to deadheading.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Trending purple

These irises didn't flower last year, possibly because they didn't get enough water. Like the foxgloves in full sun, they're darker in hue than ones in the shade.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Baked garlic with side salad

Early spinach, fresh lettuce and some of the early garlic crop, which has benefited from baking in the sun.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Speckled fox

      Apart from comfrey, nothing keeps a bee busier than a foxglove

Friday, May 19, 2017

Aquilegia rose

The aquilegias - or granny bonnets - are starting to form seed heads now and the flowers will soon be gone. Meanwhile, roses have erupted into bloom and aphids have been attacking the new growth.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Après le déluge

Harvesting the last leeks and the first garlic was made easier after the torrential rain of the last couple of days, which has given the soil a proper soak for the first time in weeks. Some of the garlic seems to have a bit of white rot, so it's inadvisable to grow it in that location again and it'll need drying out and using up quickly.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Spuds bounce back

The early potatoes have recovered from the cold shock of a couple of weeks ago and are putting on new growth.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Cobra beats fox

There's something magestic, cobra-like, about verbascums, rising early before the foxgloves. Some years the spring's a bit wet for them, but they've enjoyed the recent dry weather.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Angel's wings

The angelica heads are reaching maturity and attracting a diverse range of winged insects. Harlequin ladybirds are common, if not dominant now.

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Some plants are almost impossible to eradicate, come back year after year and are a real pain. Others, like forget-me-nots, you can live with, for a bit.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Risky bet

Risked planting out some early cobra beans, which should really have collars or cloches on them to keep them warm and the lurking molluscs away.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

First Crunch

The radishes have germinated and matured quickly, giving a good peppery crunch to a salad. Unfortunately, a few of them have already been nibbled a little by something else.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Fresh Brew

A brew of comfrey and nettles to feed hungry crops. It's starting to pong good and proper now!

Sunday, May 07, 2017


This amaryllis is five or six years old now and lies dormant indoors for most of the year without much attention, until sprouting a vigorous stem, reminding you to water it, on which this year there are four vivid red flowers.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Rodents threaten floral futures

Thought that this osteospermum had succumbed to the winter, but although part of it died off, there are still plenty of these long lived flowers, which open wide in bright sunshine and close in the evening. Some of the new seedlings, sown indoors a couple of months ago, have been attacked by mice, which also seem to like Phlox and possibly Cosmos and Nicotiana, unless something else has been nibbling them.

Monday, May 01, 2017