I felt like a factor surveying the (mini) 'estate,' as I sauntered around the garden today, checking how the plants were thriving. And thriving they seem to be. In my kitchen garden corner I saw my new Borage plant just about ready to burst into flower. I am impatient to see the flowers. The sentinels either side, the 'soup' leaves, as I call them, were looking strong and fresh. Just out of sight below these herbs, I found some self-seeded Calendula leaves sprouting. The original plants of three years ago, have left their small legacy. The Mimulas and Pansies provide a nice splash of colour. The bare ground you see, has nature's flower seed mix about to sprout around the border, (no, not weeds). The mix allegedly keeps away pests such as slugs. When they are stronger, my other nurtured flower seedlings are destined for the rest of the space.
In a previous post, I mentioned my psychedelic salad box containing seeds of all sorts, including cucumbers. Without, at the very least, a cold frame to protect fragile seeds and to encourage seedlings to grow, I was a bit stuck. Salad leaves are no problem, they grow easy peazy, once temperatures allow, as you can see. Very soon I'll have very pretty multi-coloured bowls of salad. I'll defy anyone to not be tempted.
With hubby's ingenuity, I have acquired a cold frame-cum-greenhouse. This fish box has taken on a new lease of life.
I set to, planting seeds in peat containers. I labelled the ones from the Psychedelic box. Oh dear; I picked up the wrong pen and the names have washed off! It's going to be guess work now. I know that there are radishes, and some kind of cucumbers - I'll check the box for the rest of the likely crop.
I've got more mixed salad leaves growing in the plastic pot below; they were planted later than the ones in the tub above, and with the protection of 'the frame' they're almost the same size as the others. In the black seed tray are flowers, including cornflowers, (I hope) The seeds were rather old -several years - and I am very surprised and pleased to see a result.
The plan is to pour compost into the covered fish box when some of the seedlings are ready to prick out and use it as a mini greenhouse. Fingers crossed I choose the cucumbers, whichever leaves they are!!
I also have pots of flowers in between pots of onion and garlic chives; parsley, curly and flat. I have pineapple and apple mints, currently recovering from being re-potted. The open white fish box you see peeping out of the bottom left corner has been used for a few years for growing coriander and salad leaves. This, then, is my developing Kailyard, (Scottish, for a kitchen garden).
At the other end of the garden, hubby dug a potato patch. A present of some unusual species prompted it. Added to that, a young relative wanted to be part of the planting. Junior should return soon to see how much the potatoes have grown. Harvesting them should be fun. Junior's row is at the front, not quite as far on as the others.
I have started to develop an uncared for corner. I want it to become a country garden; you know, the kind that looks as if it all happened by itself.
Some of my fifty bluebell bulbs have grown and they are showing flower heads. I can see that the Crocosmia bulb which flowered Late Summer last year, has tripled in quantity. For a further splash of colour, I planted another fifty yellow Allium bulbs in one day of good weather in early Spring, and I do believe I can see some points of leaves breaking through the soil. If you peer into the picture, (bottom left) you will see my Primula Candelabra.
This year, after not doing much previously, it is sporting five flowering branches.
Last, today's harvest from the sea appeared. It's time to create space in the freezer.
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