26 August 2011Some activities are just plain bizarre. And growing potatoes in pots, when you have a perfectly good vegetable patch, seems like one of them. Especially as they have less space to grow and need more watering.
17 August 2011.The roof garden is currently bejeweled with flowers and looks very pretty. Tiny sapphire blue nigella flowers, caged within spiky green tendrils, are blooming in a shallow tray of dirt. Romantically known as love-in-the-mist, nigella seeds are edible and can be sprinkled onto salads or mixed into bread and cakes.
7 August 2011.This is the second post mentioning garlic in a short while, but I make no apologies. Having harvested nearly 150 bulbs of the stuff and finding myself in its spiritual home, the Isle of Wight (yachting eat your heart out) I had to go and visit the fabled garlic farm...
11 July 2011.Flower shows are changing. Where RHS Chelsea has enthusiastically brought herbs and brassicas into the ornamental fold, so RHS Hampton Court now seems more design led. The formerly solid bastion of bouffant, naturalistic planting seems to have segued into sharp edges, clipped globes and concept-art.
16 June 2011.The roof is currently tangled with knotty vines and fragrant with the scent of sweet-peas. Alongside a rainbow of pea petals, raindrops ball and gleam on spinach leaves and purple potatoes plants sport stunning, long nosed blooms. The runners are clambering up their bean poles, salad leaves and herbs get bushier and more delicious by the day, and my tiny pepper and squash plants feel full of promise.
9 June 2011.All is ticking along nicely on the plot and in the greenhouse this week. I planted out my tomatoes and squashes about a week ago, which was a bit of a gamble but so far all seems OK although it hasn't exactly been warm. The leaves haven't tuned too blue!
6 May 2011.Bright sunshine, glorious warmth. What else to do but relax in the recliner, gaze languidly up into the apple tree, and "What the...?!?"
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