Tomatoes & Cuttings

Winners & Losers

The 2020 tomato plants have now been evicted from the greenhouse; I’m sad to see some of them go because they’ve been delicious, others I’m a bit disappointed that they didn’t live up to expectations.

But first, a little success story. Earlier in the year when I watched the Chelsea Flower Show, I saw presenter Toby Buckland demonstrating how to make more tomato plants for free. It was such a simple process, that I thought it couldn’t possibly be that easy, and after a few days, when I had freed up a bit of time, I cut off some longer side shoots (those that I’d forgotten to take out, or just missed) and put them into pots. Seriously, it couldn’t be that easy to create a tomato plant? About 10 or so days later I removed them from their shady spot and took a peek to see if any had rooted. They had – all were growing well, and suddenly I had too many. However, I potted them all on, gave a few away and kept about ten plants, which grew at a surprisingly fast rate.

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Six on Saturday 2020 17-10

On Monday morning a mist was rolling down towards us from the fields behind us. The garden was still and silent, except for one little bird who was happily chirping away. It was raining – a steady, fine drizzle – the type of rain that you think isn’t too wet to work in, but soaks through everything in minutes.

Rain also has the effect of intensifying colours – it’s all to do with refraction, though I won’t pretend to understand anything about that. I went indoors to collect my camera and took a few shots of some wet foliage before reminding myself that the camera isn’t waterproof.

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Six on Saturday 2020 10-10

The warm September and early October weather has been appreciated, by me and by the plants, especially the roses. They’re not all looking good, some have succumbed to the advancing season and others to the effects of black spot, which has been awful this year. There are a few that are looking great, and although they’ve been shown on the blog in the past, I can’t let the season pass without allowing them another weekend in the limelight.

The warmer weather also brought back the aphids and I’ve been trying to squish as many as possible when I see them, but it’s turning cold now, and hopefully, that will finish them off because my gardening gloves have been getting into a terrible mess. Yuck.

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Six on Saturday 2020 03-10

There are times when gardening has to take a back seat, and I have two such afternoons each week. We had mixed weather again this week, some days heavy rain, others gloriously sunny. On two of those sunny afternoons we were back on the beach, and of course, the play park on the prom, with our two-year-old grandson, a little boy who has the ability to spread his own sunshine wherever he goes. I’m sure I could have been getting some plants and bulbs into the ground, and making the most of the good weather, but when you have a little person who waves, smiles and calls out ‘Hiya’ to everyone he passes, gardening jobs that you are desperate to tackle, become less pressing.

Every person we passed responded with a smile and a friendly acknowledgement and it’s nice to think that one little person’s warmth perhaps brightened up someone else’s day. We grown-ups could learn a lot from little children.

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Six on Saturday 2020 26-09

Our overnight temperatures dropped to 3C & 4C during the past few nights, and tonight is forecast to be a very cold 1C (33.8F). Brrr… I hope the dahlias can cope with this, it’s still September and I’d like to have them flowering in the garden for a few more weeks yet. I checked on D. ‘Chat Noir’ on Thursday evening when I went out to close up the greenhouse and I was so excited to see it covered in masses of buds – some ready to open. Just imagine what a display that would be if they were to open together…I can dream, can’t I?

This week, we have been treated to loads of gloriously sunny days and, in sheltered spots, it’s been warm too. I paid the nursery another visit (more below), sowed Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 26-09”