Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Collecting the First Seeds

Campsis radicans, the Trumpet vine, finally splits open. Some of the last year's capsules fell down on the ground, and have collected the seeds. I don't really need it, but a friend of mine would like to try growing the Trumpet vine from seed. 

The early blooming Allium schoenoprasum, Chives, has already brought the seeds. I am planning the new herb garden and will sow it right on the site. 

Nigella, Love-in-a-Mist is not yet ripe for the picking, but I keep a close watch on it. This one has pale pink flowers instead of usual blue. It is also a good self-seeder so, I will let few capsules to spread the seeds naturally.

Levisticum officinalis, Lovage being a bold and bushy plant, sprouted the umbrella-like flower the sky high. It is over two meters high this year! The last year, the seeds I collected from this plant, travelled literally all over the world. Happy to share it.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017


Hemerocallis fulva in full bloom.

'Elegant Candy'

'El Desperado'


H. fulva

'Crimson Pirate'

Thursday, 15 June 2017

What's Blooming in my Garden Today?


Gaura lindheimerii

Clematis sp.

Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'

Petunia sp.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Bad Neighbours

The beetroot close to lovage is small and pale green. Obviously, these two aren't the good neighbours. Now I know.
It was raining in the morning quite a lot. I am happy because I don't have to water the garden. 

The runner bean 'Firestorm' have the first flowers. With the flowers being so bright red, the name of this bean variety is well deserved.

The dwarf bean 'Amethyst' has already the first pods. It produces about 15 cm long slender pods. Pity the lovely purple colour turns into green once cooked.

The pumpkin spreads like crazy.

The cucumbers sown five days ago grow very quickly. Now I can mulch this bed as well.



Sunday, 11 June 2017

Harvesting the Peas

Some of the peas reached the peak and were ready to be harvested. This is the second time I pick the pods. There is still lots of flowers on the plants so, I didn't pull them out.  

I haven't found any unhealthy pea. 

This round brought 2 kg of peas, which will be stored in the deep freezer.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Field Horsetail Tea

Yesterday afternoon I picked up 2 kg of Field Horsetail, Equisetum arvense. I used half a kilo to make a tea and put the most of it on the table to dry.  
This tea is very god when used as a plant spray. It is a natural fungicide and strengthens the plant's health.
Here is the recipe:

1 kg of fresh plant (or 150 g dried)
10 L water
Leave it 24 hours. Tomorrow, put some water and the whole of the horsetail into a pot and cook for half an hour. Leave it to cool down. Add the rest of the water and strain. To make a spray, use 1 part tea and 5 parts water. 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Mulching the Vegetable Garden

As I said yesterday, I opened one of my compost bins and saw it is ready for use. I have just finished mulching my vegetable garden beds. The compost was this time incredibly dark.

I think I the brown to green material ratio was almost ideal because I had plenty of leaves, cardboard and brown paper, plus, kitchen waste, some sheep manure and green waste. So, I could always make a good mixture of diverse material. 

I also poured over it dead nettle and comfrey manure a few times. It is a very good composting process activator. The compost is about ten months old. Lovely to see the creatures in it.

And, this is the final result.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Finally Rain

As I said, finally rain! It filled the barrels under the water spouts and watered well the garden. For last few days, I have been looking into the sky and praying for some rain. There were dark clouds and even the thunder, but not a drop of rain. Until today. 

Yesterday evening, I have planted out my cucumbers. As you can see, some of them like 'Cetriolo' germinated well while the other named 'Cornichons de Paris' didn't. 

I made the bed with lots of compost mixed into the soil and added the support because I want my cucumbers to climb. Tomorrow I will spread some more compost as a mulch all over the veggie beds. When I removed the front pallet from the compost heap, I was really surprised to see how dark it is.

 Beautiful. I guess this compost heap was properly made. I had enough of brown material to mix with the green + kitchen waste.

I am looking forward to working in the garden tomorrow, emptying the bin and starting the new heap.

Saturday, 3 June 2017


'Alnwick Castle'

'Bobby James'

'Chapeau de Napoleon'

'Graham Thomas'



Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Vegetable Garden Update

Undoubtedly, May and June are the months when my garden looks at its best. Tha's is probably in many of the other gardens because most of the plants bloom in this period of the year. Irises and peonies slowly fade away, but the roses take over. The other flowering plants, such as Kniphofia nad Hemerocallis, will flower very soon.

The weather is getting warmer and, when I can, I have to go to the garden very early in the day. Last weekend I mostly worked in the vegetable garden. The peas have the pods and are still blooming a lot.

The Swiss chard and beetroot are doing very well. The runner beans started to twine around the supports I made.

I had lots of not yet fully broken down compost and spread it all over the tomato beds as an about 10 cm thick mulch. It will certainly benefit the tomato growth. As an addition to this, I made 10 litres of comfrey fertiliser. It is especially good for tomatoes. I use it diluted 1:10 and water the plants directly onto the root.

Now is the time to plant the flower seedlings on their place in the garden. This year I sowed lots of flowers, among them the lupins, nasturtiums, asters, zinnias, and pot marigolds. To my great surprise, I found some of the pots empty! Some animal dug out the seedlings. 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Feast for the Eyes

Rose 'Augusta Louise'

Rose 'Cardinal de Richelieu'

Rose 'Iceberg'

Rose 'Blue for You'

Rose 'Leda'

'Sophie's Rose'