I’m not entirely sure which particular species it is but I am guessing it’s a Agonum Marginatum beetle.
On a stroll along the River Thames between Shiplake and Wargrave today, the mayflies were out in force. Doing thier thing of hovering up, dropping back down and repeating non stop, no doubt in search of a mate to complete their short life cycle.
..and so the annual Garden Posts Sunflower growing competition commences.
Who will grow the tallest Sunflower this year?
Cow Parsley growing in the dappled sunshine in the hedgerows of England at this time of year is as good as any cultivated flower in my opinion.
An uninvited guest has been eating bean shoots in my greenhouse shortly after the seeds have germinated.
This is the third case of the missing shoot and the culprit has yet to be identified, however, as soon as he or she is caught in the act, justice will be served swiftly.
Ever since we moved into this house, we have been looking for a wooden garden swing seat, however, every time we went to look at any, we were never impressed with how durable they appeared. That was until we visited RHS Wisely and sat on one overlooking the Trial Fields.
This seat was well built, incredibly comfortable and looked like it would last for years and years.
We discovered the seat was made by Sitting Spiritually. So, one Sunday afternoon, I sent them a contact form via their website and to my surprise I got a call back within minutes (on a Sunday!). I was impressed.
We ended up ordering the same design we had sat on at Wisely. It’s a 3 seater Tranquility in oak with fan back, steel suspension springs and wine shelves (of course).
When the bench was finished, Sitting Spiritually emailed over photos of our seat before collecting the outstanding balance and arranging delivery.
The seat was delivered at exactly the time promised and was erected onsite by the delivery company.
Here are a few picture of our seat in place.
Here we are on a relativity cold and damp May day and the bees are busying away preparing the wild strawberries.
Judging by the number of flowers, I think we could be in for a bumper crop this year.
Here’s to thinking of a bowl full of wild strawberries and cream and maybe even a glass of something fizzy.
Last year I had some great results growing cucamelon which were seeds from the James Wong’s Homegrown Revolution seed collection, so I thought I would try some more of his unusual seeds this year.
This is a first for me – growing Tomatillo. I sowed the seeds in individual seed pods using John Innes seed compost and popped them in a heated propagator in the greenhouse.
As you can see, the seeds all germinated nicely, however, I suspect I was a little slow in getting them out of the propagator and into more natural light. They have shot a little tall, searching out more light, than I would have liked.
My plan is to do what I would do with normal tomatoes and plant them deep when I plant them on.
Wish me luck.
Cape Gooseberry is the fruit of the Physalis Peruviana plant. The fruit is sometimes called Inca Berry, Aztec Berry, Golden Berry and a number of other things around the world.
I sowed the seeds back in early March, about 10mm deep using John Innes Seed Compost in individual pods, then placed them in a heated propagator in the greenhouse.
Every seed germinated nicely and have been growing nicely in the greenhouse ever since.
As the seedlings are now about 3 – 4 inches tall, I decided it was time to pot them on.
I potted them on into individual pots using John Innes No.1 and they are back in the unheated greenhouse growing nicely.
I anticipate planting them out into grow bags or individual 30cm pots later in May.
Once my pea ‘meteor’ crop was over, I left the last of the pods on the plant to dry out.
As you can see, the pods have completely dried out, so before the rain came today, I collected a good number of them and tucked them away in a brown bag, ready for next year.
These are some sweet peas that were sown in pots in the greenhouse in early spring. The tops were pinched out when they were about 7 inches tall. I then potted them on individually, before transplanting into a large terracotta pot, placed outside in late spring.
The seeds are ones I collected in January 2011, so these ones were free!
- Agonum Marginatum Beetle
- Mayflies on the River Thames
- Sunflower Growing Competition
- Cow Parsley in Hedgerows
- Bean Shoots Eaten
- Garden Swing Seat
- Bees on Wild Strawberries
- Growing Tomatillo
- Growing Cape Gooseberry
- Pea Meteor Seeds
- Sweet Pea Flowers
- Vista White Pelargonium
- Garlic Rust
- Potato Flowers
- Growing Carrots in Pots
- Allium Aflatunense
- Bluebell Wood
- Apple Blossom
- Climbing Bean Fasold
- Growing Cucamelon
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