We’ve reached that point in the year where the garden is chugging away. Most of the hard work is temporarily done and we are picking beans… lots and lots of beans!
We’re getting lots of chillies and herbs too. I’m drying the sage to use for stuffing.
We’ve been tucking into our homegrown basil. I’ll definitely grow this again next year.
Look whose back! The sparrows! They’re mobbing the garden is groups; hiding in pots, pecking at the lettuce seedlings and generally being cheeky. And it’s not just sparrows, the swallows nesting in the apex of our roof have been busy making a Jackson Pollock on the patio below. I’ll spare you a photo. They also pooed on my back when I bent down to take my shoes off.
Do you remember the Buddleja Sungold I bought at the beginning of the year? It turned out I’d been watering a dead stick for months (in my defence, it arrived with no leaves on) and when I realised it was never going to do anything I ordered a replacement. The first flowers appeared this week!
I’ve been making the most of the flowers before they disappear for a few months. We had people staying with us for a few days over the weekend so it was a good excuse to pick lots of flowers to put in the house! I’m loving yellow flowers with purple and blue this year.
This was a mishmash of whatever was ready for picking that day. Which turned out to be cosmos, petunias and cornflowers.
And another yellow bunch with dwarf gladioli, scabious, corn marigold (bright yellow flowers) and cornflowers.
This is one of the bargainous £1.20 begonias I picked up from the ‘dead section’ in a garden centre. Half the time the plants only need a bit of deadheading and some water.
Lastly, we’ve finally caught up with everyone else and their blackberry picking. I was getting
a bit very jealous seeing people picking plump blackberries while ours were still green and hard. We’ve eaten quite a few and I’m also freezing some so we can eat blackberry crumble all Winter.
Hooray for early blackberries!