Thursday, 7 August 2014

Garden Update

The last 3 weeks have been tough on our garden. The lawn is hanging on by a thread,despite Sion regularly giving it a good soaking, hosepipe in one hand, beer in the other. 

My strawberry planter struggled to hold onto moisture, anytime I watered it ran straight out of the holes. I think the plants may survive, just - but they're looking very sorry for themselves.

The petunias had a heavy session of dead heading last weekend and are just starting to re-flower now. I brought some miniature chrysanthemum plants to pot up and add some extra colour which is helping to brighten the patio.




The big news is that my tomatoes have finally, finally, started to ripen! Only two baby tomatoes so far, I think the larger varieties will still need a good week or so to start ripening. Just in case I've started to look at green tomato relish recipes!



After over 3 weeks of no real rain, last Friday we had a good overnight soaking. what a difference it made. Everything is starting to re-grow and green up. Everywhere I looked little creatures had come out of hiding to enjoy the damp weather and cooler conditions.




Finally the bulbs that I planted back in March have started to flower. Such an elegant but delicate flower. Once all the individual flowers have opened it will look beautiful. Now I just need to try and remember what it was called!!

  
Joining in this week with Manneskjur #HDYGG
  
Mammasaurus and How Does Your Garden Grow?





11 comments:

  1. Our pots have been struggling to hold water too, everything is looking quite dry. Bring on the rain!! Your flowers are looking pretty. If you're left with lots of green tomatoes, green tomato chutney is tasty. That's my fallback for this year :)

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  2. hooray for garden tomatoes. they are the best!!

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  3. Home grown tomatoes are so lovely-I've had my first real success with them this year. I hope you enjoy a bounty :)

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  4. We've had the first red tomatoes here this week too! We've had a few wet nights too so I think that's helping things along too. Our lawn is the same, struggling to hold any signs of ever being green - part of me is glad the builders are coming next week - they'll mess it a up and the keeping it watered will be no longer needed!
    Thanks for joining in and sharing x

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  5. Great update, and loving seeing so many posts featuring tomatoes so nearly turning colour! We're having the opposite problem with our strawberry plants- they are currently in tubs but aren't draining well so are getting waterlogged :-( Thinking of moving them into hangers like you, and trying to salvage them! #HDYGG

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  6. Stopping by from How Does Your Garden Grow. Your mums look fantastic! (So who cares about the lawn, right?) ;)

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  7. Those flowers are gorgeous. Our petunias are doing amazing, first time I've grown them and probably the first plant I've ever actually dead headed properly.
    We have two tomatoes starting to blush this week, I'm almost tempted to try a real tomato!

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  8. Did you know the large insect on your sunflower is a Hornet Hoverfly? They only arrived in the UK in the 1940's and since then have been steadily spreading. The organisation Buglife is tracking them and would be interested in knowing that you have one in your garden - http://www.buglife.org.uk/bugs-and-habitats/hornet-hoverfly

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    1. I did think it was a very docile bee! I've let buglife know - thanks for the tip! :)

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    2. No problem - we have them here and the first one I saw was on the back of one of our pigs. I have to admit I thought it was horse fly and squashed it. Ooops.

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  9. Lovely toms. Less lovely snail though!

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