July garden: foxes and thunderstorms

Falling behind with blogging again but here’s some of what’s been going on in the garden: Lots of flowers all coming out just now. Strawberries and raspberries at their best – and good enough to make some rather yummy strawberry scones to share with my sons who managed to be here at the same time for the first time in many months. Vegetables coming along slowly. Here are some of the peas and the first cucumber: We had an impressive thunderstorm and extensive flooding at the weekend. All fine in my garden but the roads round about turned into rivers. … Continue reading July garden: foxes and thunderstorms

Six foxgloves, six peas and a lettuce glut

Once again I failed to do a #SixonSaturday post but I did submit these rather lovely foxgloves via twitter. These are all growing along the back hedge and the new fence at the side of the garden, some transplanted from the raspberry bed during a weeding session back in January – for more see here – they have come out rather well, I think. I had wondered about doing a six for my six varieties of peas, but didn’t quite get round to it. So here they are for you, rather late on Sunday instead: I’ve already forgotten which one … Continue reading Six foxgloves, six peas and a lettuce glut

Seven years of blogging

Seven years ago I wrote my first blog post – you can see it here – it was all about the ways in which my front garden brings pleasure to passers by as well as me. When we first moved here nearly twelve years ago, the front garden was just a car park. Today it is full of flowers and bees and brings us joy. Today was another of those days when I couldn’t help reflecting on the difference this makes. Here’s what it looked like in the early days when I had just started digging holes in the paving … Continue reading Seven years of blogging

Broccoli cycle

This is the time of year when the full circle of the broccoli life cycle becomes clear. You may remember last year’s broccoli, which completely took over the runner bean bed. The runner beans are long gone and so are most of the broccoli plants but this one is still valiantly standing and still producing succulent purple florets. We had these lightly steamed in a garden salad. They were rather good. The other remaining plant has finally gone to seed and has some lovely yellow flowers. Soon I’ll have to dig these up to make room for the next crop, … Continue reading Broccoli cycle

Six on Tuesday

It’s all go in the garden just now and somehow I’ve forgotten to blog about it. I missed SixonSaturday so here’s a wee update of sixish on Tuesday. These gorgeous self-seeded wallflowers are flowering in funny little corners of the front garden: 2. I got along to the allotment last week and used some spare bits of wood to create a sort of terrace for one of the beds which was threatening to overflow down the hill. Here it is in all its glory. Please excuse the weeds and note the almost complete lack of broad beans in this bed, … Continue reading Six on Tuesday

Chatting about the blog

I recently talked about the blog on a podcast – link here, recorded by musicians Besingende Ged├ílland for their Wordlende series. Wordlende is a ‘chance to talk, commune and conspire with individuals who involve environmental practices in their day to day life’. Other podcasts in the series tell you about music, foraging and the wonders of nature. You’ll find me talking mainly about vegetables, but also about growing up in Shetland, the joy of seedlings, sharing tomatoes and spiky cucumbers, the wonder of apples, making weed pesto, environmental issues and how a song by Joni Mitchell inspired the name for … Continue reading Chatting about the blog

A frosty Six on Saturday

A rather late and rather quick contribution to #SixonSaturday. Despite waking up horribly early this morning it has taken until late evening to write this. The tiny advantage of waking up at 5.30am was that I got to see the garden emerging from the dark, listen to the dawn chorus and with still a sprinkle of frost everywhere. So here’s my six: Frost covered snakeshead fritillary – beautiful flower at the best of times, enhanced by frost 2. A slightly frosty daffodil – they are looking their very best at the moment 3. Another daffodil – I’m afraid I don’t … Continue reading A frosty Six on Saturday

Spring flowers and a new bench

The garden and the blog have suffered a bit lately from too much other work going on in my life. I’ve hardly stepped outside the door all week except for necessary permitted walks and I haven’t managed to write much or read all your lovely blogs either. However this weekend I achieved a thing, in fact a new garden bench: This was not made by me, as such but I did put it together from the flatpack which arrived in a great big box, bringing joy in abundance for Bella. I don’t often buy new stuff for the garden but … Continue reading Spring flowers and a new bench

Spring is in the air

How can it be a week since we had four inches of snow in the garden? Today we had lunch outside and hung out a washing, which nearly dried before it got dark and I sowed some seeds (just a few tiny lettuce and spinach seeds in the seed house) and I walked to the allotment wearing ordinary shoes instead of boots and I didn’t have to wear a a woolly hat and we harvested the last of the Brussels sprouts. Spring is definitely coming Meanwhile I have plotted my revenge against the pigeons. There are signs of new growth … Continue reading Spring is in the air

January flowers

Today has been mild and I have been in the garden for the first time in weeks, or possibly months. I’ve been doing some tidying up and noticing the tiny signs of spring that are appearing in dark corners. I found a hellebore flower, crocuses and irises peeking though the soil and the witchhazel’s golden blooms just appearing. We have a new fence along one side of the garden, behind the raspberries. This area used to be dominated by my neighbours’ miscellaneous shrubs and conifers but there’s a space about a foot wide which has only bare soil. I’ve been … Continue reading January flowers