Thursday, 10 November 2016

Garden Review - in Pictures


I don't seem to have been out in the garden very often with the camera this year, but here's a brief review anyway :-

apricot blossom in late winter...
and a futile attempt to protect the apricot flowers from frost with fleece....
it's just too cold & windy here to set fruit outdoors on plants that make
blossom so early in the year, so the tree's now been cut down.

but we haven't totally given up, and have just planted a young
dwarf apricot tree in a 50 litre pot, which can be brought into
the greenhouse over winter - the other new tree's a quince

it was a very good year for rhubarb, with three harvests....

chaffinch in song....

peonies - beautiful, but only in flower for a couple of weeks....
garlic drying in the greenhouse....
blackcurrants - very good crop this year....
carrots grown in containers after the early potatoes...
pumpkin - one of only three to grow, and all quite small
blueberries - good crop from one bush, but not from the other...
pattison - generally poor results from several plants...
chrysanthemums grown in pots....
cottage perennials started from seed - lupins, delphiniums,
kniphofia and foxgloves, plus some of  our smaller palms
apples - reliable as ever...

asters in pots....
tomatoes 'Tres Cantos' - tasty but a very poor yield...
aubergines - some good fruits but
generally a poor yield from six plants
marrows - not bad, maybe 12 fruits from 4 plants...

onions 'Stuttgarter' - we didn't sow nearly enough this year...
perennial sweet peas - late to flower but still going !
newly-landscaped area - there's a separate post on this...
we've laid the greenhouse with paving slabs (free from our neighbour).
In future, we'll grow tomatoes and cucumbers in pots using fresh
compost each year, which will hopefully improve the yields
bargain basement time - three hydrangeas for £10 from the local garden
centre, simply because they don't look very appealing at this time of year
I think this is a Mistle Thrush rather than a Song Thrush,
 simply because of the height at which it was singing
from, but maybe you know better....
Blue Tit on the new overhead power
 cable to the greenhouse...
Goldfinch... this photo's in the 2016 folder, 
but it might actually be from a previous year...



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