Sunday, 2 May 2010


Looking more like a garden now, albeit a scruffy one.

I've planted out peas (Mange Tout Golden Sweet and Bijou, which are in spite of the name, giant mange tout) and Feltham First. I thought they might appreciate a bit of protection for a while so they have fleece wind barriers.

The beds are looking much fuller this year. I'm quite proud of the wallflower - I got a tray of neglected plants for 50p from a garden centre, and they've flourished! I gave some to my aunt too, so that 50p went quite a long way.
I never did get round to moving the rhubarb in the winter, but will do so at the end of the year. It's a daft place for it.
And yes, the grass really *does* need mowing. I will, I will.

Blossom snow; once again we had some fierce wind while the cherry tree was coming to the end of its blossom, which soon knocked it all to the ground, but I can see I have a good crop of cherries starting already. The Tuscan Kale, I'm letting go to seed, though I'm not sure if it will come true or not?

The grapevine springing back into life:

Alpine strawberry flowers

Forget-me-not - I don't think I had this last year, it must have seeded itself.


Some of last year's leaf beet has sprung back, which is just as well, as I can't seem to get any to germinate so far this year.

My very first gooseberry! I can see that something is at the leaves already, so I'd better keep an eye on it. I planted gooseberry, raspberry, and blackcurrant bushes last year, of which the raspberry was the only one to produce; hopefully I'll get something from all of them this year. The raspberry has also spread quite nicely.


  1. I got the grand sum of one cherry off my tree last year, so I'm hoping for better things from it this year. My grass also needs cutting, it seems to have grown so fast.

  2. I had about 7 kilos of cherries last year! I wonder why you didn't? Is your tree very old? My neighbours told me I wouldn't get any cherries because 'the birds and the wasps always get them', but I found that if I picked them just before fully ripe, I could then ripen them indoors on the window ledge. The birds don't seem able to eat them until they are soft, and the wasps don't show much interest till then either.

  3. The garden is certainly looking lush. Looks like you'll be having a spectacular year.

    I just love that anenome picture its beautifully composed, you should get it printed and framed.

  4. My tree was only in it's first year last year, but looking at the blossom on it this year, it should do better.

  5. Thanks Kella. :)
    Jo, good luck with your tree this year.

  6. All the hard work pays off in the end, I wish you well with your crops.

  7. Oh what a lovely blog. We have recentlty moved and now have a decent sized garden which has been turned into an allotment garden. I love it and can tell you do to. Thank you

  8. Its amazing how much you can cram into a small space. It looks lovely too.

  9. As someone who is growing in her back garden, I am so delighted to have found your blog. I am going to keep a beady eye on whats growing at yours.

    By the way, may I ask what are those ball things on your canes and where you got them. I recently puchased some terracotta piggies from Oxfam, but wouldn't mind some of these too. Anything to make the garden look a bit like a garden.

  10. Thanks for kind comments, peeps! Mangocheeks, the balls are the kind sold for kids 'ball-pools' - they're very cheap ones I got from Poundstretcher or a similar store. Just cut a cross in the bottom and push the bamboo in!