Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Sedums In Flower Pots For The Butterflies And Us To Enjoy!

I planted up some of the flower Pots with Sedums on Sunday morning.  If you want to attract Butterflies and Bees to your garden grow Buddleia shrubs and Sedum perennials.  I make hundreds of Sedum cuttings and they are one of the quickest cuttings to root.

Don't  think I have ever seen so many Butterflies in our gardens than this year.  We must be doing something right.

The old Butler's/Belfast sink was my grandmothers.  If it could speak.  What stories could it or would it tell?


A better picture.  

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Life On The Range.. Or Even In Front Of It!

Domino decided to lie in front of the lit range last night.  It gets nippy at night in the countryside next to the sea.  There was no watching Gardeners'World or Gogglebox for Domino.   He just lay there and dreamed of catching rats and mice.  He calls them Mr and Mrs Longtail.  He did eventually get up and go on his night shift.

Have you lit your fire yet?

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Old Gardening Books.

The wife recently bought me a gardening book from a car boot sale.  It set her back the princely sum of 50 Cents.  Its entitled: ROCK GARDENS By Lewis B Meredith.
Published in 1914.  The year of the start of the First World War.
The Iris Valley In the Author's Garden.
A touching couple of lines of a gift from a son to his mother.

  I browse read the book in less than an hour.  The principles of clearing, weeding, construction and planting are the same but the price of plants have altered a little in the last one hundred and five years in the following passage:

The cost of plants varies also not a little; but, excluding the rarer kinds, I should say about five shillings a dozen is a fair price to pay.

Flipping heck.  I thought I sold my Perennial plants cheap!

Did I learn anything reading the book?  Yes that gardening methods are still basically the same: two men working together will do more in one day than a man working on his own for two days.  

Also cutting up zinc strips and tying them together with copper wire and wrapping them around precious and tender plants will give old Mr and Mrs slug or snail a mighty electric shock!  

The book is a second edition and you can buy it on Amazon for Four Pounds plus packaging I suppose?  I had a good hours reading for fifty Cents.  I put it on my book shelf and it seems to have settled in nicely with all the other myriad of books and stuff we collect!

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

"I Thought You Were Laughing At Me?" " I Was".

When I went to A New Day music festival in August.  I was walking down  the sloping natural arena of a field towards the beer tent and a middle aged lady started laughing at me.  I just shrugged my shoulders and carried on to the beer tent.  I purchased a pint of ditch water, I mean bitter. Four quid for a pint of cat wee.  An hour earlier I had been purchasing pints of bitter in Wetherspoon's for just two Pounds a throw

Any way.

The lady had only followed me into the beer tent and smiled and  I said to her:

"I thought you were laughing at me?"

She laughed and said:

"I was."

We both laughed.

Then she told me she was looking at my t shirt.  It was my Night Of The Prog festival T shirt from 2017.  Which was in Loreley in Germany.  Her son was in one of the bands listed on the back of my shirt.

She was Norwegian.  So I said: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

We laughed again.

A Norman Wisdom song began to play in my mental jukebox:




Friday, 6 September 2019

Cuttings, Cuttings, Everywhere!

I have been busy making shrub cuttings and dividing perennials.  Some of them live outside.  In the photo above you can see some fuchsia and Sedum cuttings that I found with roots attached this morning.  They only took three weeks to grow roots.  These ones have been living outside and have had plenty of rain to water them.
Here they  are potted up and ready to grow on.  Do you like the organized chaos that is my poly-tunnel?  An old patio table is now my potting bench.






Shrubs that I potted on and grew over the last year or so.  Even the paths are full of plants.

Sedums in pots and more cuttings in trays.  The nettles like it here too!

The poly-tunnel is filling up with shrub cuttings next to the Kale and Chilies.
Have you made any plant cuttings lately?  It's easy to get them to strike.  All they need is watering and a bit of patience.  Three weeks can seem a very long time.  The wife says I would make plants in the bathroom.  Well you have to do something when you live in the countryside next to the sea.

Monday, 2 September 2019

Gone Away Toby Jug.

We went scouring the charity and antique shops and a car-boot sale at the weekend.  One needs to satisfy the inner Magpie and Womble instinct that we both share.

The wife spotted the Toby jug in a cabinet.  It's from the 1950's, Royal Doulton entitled 'Gone Away'and a limited edition.  I like how the fox cunningly resides  on the huntsman's shoulder.  My brother collects the jugs so we bought it and it now sits in the display cabinet with the rest of the jugs!

I bought 5 spider plants and four Aloe Vera house plants from the car boot sale.  I have now got 8 spider plants.  You know the gardeners mathematical equation don't you?  The only way to multiply is to divide!


Friday, 30 August 2019

A Very Strange Looking Vegetable.

I walked into someones poly-tunnel the other day and I saw the weirdest vegetable I have ever seen.  Do you know what it is?  Apparently its a Tromboncini or Italian squash or Zucchetta.  Sounds like an Italian scooter.  Or perhaps a scooter what an Italian Mod would ride?  

Any way.  The kind grower gave me a Tromboncini to take home, cook and eat.  So I took it home, chopped it up, deseeded and saved a dozen of the seeds to grow next year and got an adult (the wife) to roast it in the oven for yours truly.

It tasted very much like Courgette or Zucchini or Marrow.  It's supposed to be full of vitamins or Viteamins if you live on t'other side of the Atlantic.  

Did you like it Dave?  Hmm...  Not really!  Would you grow it again?  Yes definitely if only for its trellis like growth and its looks like something from Jack and the Beanstalk. Anybody know where the goose that lays the golden egg lives?  

What's the weirdest vegetable you have seen or grown?  

Sedums In Flower Pots For The Butterflies And Us To Enjoy!

I planted up some of the flower Pots with Sedums on Sunday morning.  If you want to attract Butterflies and Bees to your garden grow Budd...