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.

Continue reading “Tomatoes & Cuttings”

Six on Saturday 2020 29-08

If anyone had told me a few years ago, that I would be out in the garden in the pouring rain, cutting back plants and lifting others from a muddy border I would have laughed and said, “Me? No, not me”. I’ve always been a fair-weather gardener but in recent years I’ve come to realise that you can’t always wait for dry, sunny days.

The border revamp is fairly well underway and this week we’ve removed Sambucus ‘Black Beauty’ and Lavatera ‘Rosea’. It was a wet, messy, muddy job with my husband doing all the heavy digging (he wasn’t enjoying it!) while I was tasked with removing all branches and stems to clear the way. Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 29-08”

Six on Saturday 2020 22-08

Roses, cosmos and various annuals are still growing, but the main colour in the borders is now being provided by dahlias and the rudbeckias featured in last week’s post. A couple more dahlias have good strong buds, and they should flower in a few days. Fingers crossed.

However, the garden is looking a little bit weary now. It’s had a lot to contend with this year. The unusually hot and dry spring, followed by a cold and wet summer, then a hint of August warmth combined with torrential downpours must have been as problematic for the plants as for gardeners.

This Tuesday’s rain hit the ground and flowed like a fast-running Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 22-08”

Six on Saturday 2020 15-08

Autumn is fast approaching, though at the moment we’re currently having a lovely warm spell of weather – so this week’s six is a tiny taster of the colours that we should be starting to see in a few weeks time. There’s reds, oranges, yellows, golds, and hints of purple. If autumn is this colourful then I’ll be smiling.

Temperatures from Wednesday on have been in the mid-twenties (my daughters who live in warmer lands tell me that’s cold) but for us, it’s about as high as we like it. My memories of 35-40C temperatures on visits to Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 15-08”

Six on Saturday 2020 08-08

There’s been a chill in the air this week, and too much rain. It feels like late September and the plants don’t like it. I don’t like it either. Temperatures were hovering around 15C (59F) during much of the week, but it hasn’t been all doom and gloom, as Thursday was glorious. We took our two local grandchildren to the park in the morning, and then to the almost empty beach, where the ‘paddle’ that we envisaged they would enjoy became belly flops into the waves. They had fun…and deserved that time running, jumping and diving into the waves; at age six and almost-two yrs old, lockdown has been a difficult and confusing time for them as well as for grown-ups.

Today is another glorious day, and I’m determined Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 08-08”