The garden is a little parched, and I’ve sown even more seeds
To say it’s been hot in the southeast of the UK over the last few weeks has been an understatement. Unfortunately, it has taken its toll on some of the plants in our cottage garden bed. I fear we may have lost one of our new clematis, which was stunning, but only time will tell.
We also believe we may have a new lodger in the garden, or the little fellas are just passing through each evening to an onward retreat. We had a suspicion that one or two hedgehogs wandered through a gap between a stone pillar and a wooden fence, and now I think we were right.
A couple of weeks ago, when we had the 40 degrees heat, I read that placing some water in a dish for the local wildlife is a good idea. Now every morning, when I pop out onto our courtyard patio, one of the water dishes is empty and occasionally other evidence. We’ll now have to see if we can get photographic proof.
What we’ve been up to this monthIn the garden and on the website
July seems to have been slow progress in the garden, and the heat hasn’t helped.
The courtyard patio is in full bloom, so it’s such a pleasure sitting out there of an evening. Enjoying the beautiful colours and watching the butterflies and bees making the most of the blossom.
The tomato plants are coming on leaps and bounds, and I’ve had to re-stake them as they began to topple over.
It looks like we will have quite a crop from the tomatoes. In hindsight, I should have given a couple away; the same applies to our chillies, although I did hand out a few to friends and family.
However, we’re going to have to find some more spicy recipes.
As I’ve previously mentioned, we also manage the website ‘Our World for You’, which enabled us to visit Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire. The historic village of Lacock and Lacock Abbey are managed by the National Trust, so the gardens are always a delight to visit.
Watch this space for a little insight into their garden, which I’ll post in August.
To ensure we keep our crop of basil, parsley and lettuce flourishing through the season, I’ve sowed more seeds. The lettuce was amazing, so I can’t wait to see them thriving again.
Achievements for JulyLet’s keep ticking those boxes
In July we haven’t quite managed to dedicate the usual couple of days a week to the garden. The weather and our lack of time have been a hinderance.
So, let’s see what we’ve managed to tick off for July.
Lessons learnt & mistakes madeYou live and learn
I think this is more of a lesson learnt, and it relates to nasturtiums.
I do love nasturtiums and their tumbling effect when they grow; however, once little critters start to arrive, the poor nasturtiums are decimated.
We grew nasturtium from seed because we wanted to fill our old chimney pots and our upcycled chimenea, and they would look attractive flowing down.
Well, I have now come up with another plan for our pots, and I’m just hoping that the cuttings from my thunbergia or black-eyed Susan vine will grow in time.
I have read that if I cut off some shoots at around 6 to 8 inches in length and place them in water, they will sprout roots. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they take. I can then pot them on asap and will have tumbling thunbergia instead of nasturtium.
I’ll update you in August.
Our plans for the coming monthWhat’s on your to-do list?
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