Sunday, 19 July 2009

First cut flower

Each year I grow flowers from seed to bring into the house. As most of the garden flowers finish by August, it's nice to have some flowers later in the year, but it is difficult to find plants which the slugs and snails don't attack. This is Cosmos Sensation, which comes in a number of shades - this first one is white. I germinate these in the shed and then plant them out when they are big enough.
The strawberries are now slowing up production, but the raspberries are now gathering pace. I cut the last rhubarb stems for this year - for a rhubarb and strawberry crumble, which was delicious! Four pounds of peas and a couple of courgettes completed the vegetable set.

We are now suffering the July monsoons, with very heavy downpours interspersed with sunny spells. After the reinforcements I made, the peas are standing up well but it really limits time in the garden - any time is spent on picking, rather than weeding, and there is a lot of weeding to do now. Maybe later in the week...
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