2016 – what to say? It’s been a year of political upheaval, the loss of some of our favourite actors and musicians and some deep personal loss among my own family and friends. But this blog is about seeing the goodness, celebrating the positive and looking for hope. So this year I’ve made some awards in my garden – although not all positive, it’s true. Opening the awards envelope, we have
Most unsuccessful vegetable
Sweetcorn – it somehow never got going this year and then I left it in the ground because it was so useless, but here it is in the fabulous frost of late November, transformed into something rather beautiful.
The tomatoes were almost a close second – very few ripened this year, a lot of them got blight, but there were plenty of green ones, leading to lots of green tomato marmalade
Most successful vegetable
The wonderful marrows – beautiful, tasty, relatively slug free and the cause of endless recipe development. We’ve even tried the ‘mock crystallised ginger’ – see here for recipe – it turned out, as I predicted, really more like jam but not a bad thing for that.
In close joint second place though, are broad beans, runner beans, courgettes, and peas
Most colourful vegetable
Equal first place goes to the rainbow chard and blue and pink peas
Cheekiest snail – this one
Simplest garden pleasures
Violas, bees, daffodils, spring flowers
Longest trip to a garden centre
To collect roses – for details see here. And you can’t have too many roses
or apples (although not all of them were from my garden)
Biggest garden loss
My lovely hamamelis succumbed to something: drought maybe, not sure. But it is certainly not going to flower this coming year so will need to be replaced.
Most impressive weather
Least impressive garden task: Not making strawberry beds, Not doing anything about the dreadful conifers, just not spending enough time in the garden.
I’ve missed a lot out but these were some of my stars.
So on the list for next year …..marrows, apples, peas, beans, roses, daffodils, crocuses, swiss chard, courgettes, tomatoes, … and doing something about the hamamelis, the strawberry bed and the conifers.
Happy New Year to all my readers – I hope that 2017 brings you joy and lovely vegetables