27 July 2010 10:39:53
Ist Cauliflower for 2010 (harvested 19th July )
I took this picture of my first cauliflower harvested on the 19th July - John (Johnplotman) this is specifically for you to show you I got there in the end with the cauliflowers thanks for all advice last year. Will definately be growing again next year as a big hit with all the family - cauliflower cheese lovely
17 July 2010 23:28:08
Once we had checked the house had not burned down , the car was not stolen and the animals were all intact it was time to inspect the garden. What a lot of growth in 16 days and definately no sign of a drought. The sweet peas a glorious sight out the back window first year to grow them and thrilled with results, astibles in white pink and deep red all in flower since we left, day lilies and croscomia lucifer blooming in the veg garden cucumbers ready for picking, First Cauliflowers ready for harvesting , second crop of peas, beetroot, broad beans and all repeat salads doing well. The tomatoes seem to be doing ok lots of fruit but thought I would have more at this stage, runner beans lots of flowers no beans and we have had full branches break off our apple trees they are so weighed down with fruit. As for the weeds well how come they always seem to grow at twice the pace of everything else.
We had a wonderful holiday it was a camping Holiday near a seaside town in Brittany called Benodet - we travelled around the area quite a bit and I was so impressed with the flowers in all the small towns they have a scheme called towns in flower and most of the planting was very imaginative and striking. They also make a feature of all their roundabouts each one has a theme and some of them were very clever. Hydrangeas of all colours, Agapanthus all in flower, Croscomia, Black eyed susies, day lilies , and grasses uses to great effect in mass plantings. I Visited one garden which had a great collection of mature acers and A lovely large water garden (pictures to follow) We also came across a retirement garden in Quimper which had three sections one of which was tropical - It reminded me of all our brave gardening friends like Rachel and Bill who are doing so well with the tropical plants I have only a few pictures of this garden and again I will post next week when I back at work ( Takes an age to put up each picture at home)
Looking forward to catching up on all your journals but will be pretty busy over the next week or so every evening trying to get rid of all the weeds - operatioin transformation starts tomorrow last day of freedom before going back to work