Sunday, 23 September 2012

Garden & Maybe Grr

Okay here goes - I am going to write first and then add photos and it might work better than it did yesterday.  Had a very busy 3 days in the garden since we returned from our trip South.   Had a lovely time south  seeing Mum & Dad and at Leuchars.  Mum is doing well and is now eating her self which is good news.  Dad is coping well and is being cared for by some wonderful people.

Leuchars was excellent - The Red Arrows never fail to amaze me as did everything else that was going on.  We had a lovely evening with Erik & Carol - forgot to take any photos - typical.  The Old Manor Hotel at Lundin Links was very nice - they are doing a lot of refurbishment to the hotel - staff and food were excellent and such lovely views.  Lovely roses and shrubs at the front of hotel.  We also had a trip to Kirkcaldy for some shopping and  I took a walk around Burntisland beach.   Did do some shopping in various places - wallpaper for the bathroom ( next project),some bits and pieces for the house and of course some new clothes.

As well as getting caught up with the washing and ironing since coming home I have been busy in the garden.   Picked 3 bags of Tatties and the ones in the ground down the side.   The Organic Lady Balfour tatties planted in the ground were huge.  I bought them because they were good to grow in rough ground and they proved their worth.  Having them today with our Beef and Peas ( mine too).  The Roosters in the bags not bad - one bag could have been better.   The others were in a mixed bag and  again a small yield and have not tasted yet - they were Juliette, Casa Blanca and Maris Peer.

My Peas have been the stars of the vegetable patch this year.  Lovely and sweet.   The Red Onions (first time trial) also very good.  Onions very small, and my shallotts seem to have disappeared.  The carrots in the pots are looking good as are the Spring Onions. The Neeps seem to be attacked by something and my cabbages well had one and looks like I might get another 2 but the rest have shot.   The butcher told me that this was because of the cold, dry spell we had.    

Tidied the beds down the side and also emptied some of the pots of this years Wallflower and Sweet William and planted them out. There are bits of the garden that I need to rearrange due to height and spread of plants which I will try and do before winter sets in.  Photographic evidence is handy.   

I have a lots of new bulbs to plant out yet.  I had before we went away taken of the top layer from last years pots and given them a fresh layer of soil with bone meal as a feed and planted pansies and violas - they are looking pretty now.

My Grow House has been such a good addition this year - better than the plastic greenhouse.  I still have lettuce and Pak Choi growing away and my Wallflower and Sweet William  are germinating away happily - not sure yet if I will leave where they are over winter or plant out on pots.  Will need to prick out and put in to bigger pots.

Today was cooler so I have cleaned out my Shed - yahoo I can find things now.

Snowy is well - been a bit lonely with us being away but Irene looks after him well.   He was in a big fight before we left with a neighbours cat but the scar on his ear is healing well as is Victor's leg where he was bitten by the other cat whilst trying to split them up.  Snowy's female friend from down the road visits regulalry.  There is always a bit of a yowling from him and a couple of sideways swipes and then it is a slow motion walk away - dont think he knows what to do with her.  She just wants to be friends.

Back to work tomorrow Boo Hoo

Elaine xx

Now to try and add some pictures ......................

My Marigolds which I am very proud of grown from seed.

My Rooster Potatoes - I had already given a bag to my neighbour David for his dinner before I took this photo!

These are the Juliette, Casblance and Maris Peer

This little tree has appeared in the garden - must have been a bird dropped a seedling - not sure what it is - any body know?

My weeding and tidying yesterday - I have added the earth from my bags of tatties.


Snowy sunning himself yesterday

My Sweet William grown from seed.

This Rose is in my mums garden - beautifully scented too.

My mums garden at Huntly.

The roses at the Old Manor Hotel, Lundin Links

Rose at the Old Manor Hotel, Lundin Links

Not sure what the little blue flower is but I grew it from seed - need to look at packets to see what it is.
That is it for today.   Now for more ironing and a bit of relaxing.

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