Monday, 21 June 2010

Dry, dry, dry

Another gratuitous picture of my Himalayan Blue Poppy, this time with both flower buds open. I'm going to let it go to seed now and see if I can get some seed from it to germinate next year.
And this scented yellow rose has just started to bloom, handily at head height for a 3-year old girl who passed by and said "Mummy, look at this lovely flower."
On the vegetable plot, things are doing ok but slowing up a bit due to the very dry weather - our last rain was over a week ago and that wasn't enough anyway. So I've started rotation watering - every day certain plants get a drenching, over a week they all get some. It's the only way to do it on a large plot without the use of a hose. These peas have reached their full height now - a little over 5 feet. If you love peas, I would encourage you to grow a tall variety, for two reasons. Firstly, self-interest - you get a lot more produce from the same land than with a short variety and they crop over a longer period. Secondly, to save the old, tall varieties from extinction - since the seed companies concentrated on short varieties for the benefit of farmers the number of old peas has dwindled. This is Alderman, a superb sweet pea that also freezes well.
After months in the ground doing nothing the onions are starting to look like, well, onions! They don't mind the dry conditions fortunately. One advantage of a dry spring after a very cold winter is that the slug population has been decimated, so the onions don't have to fight off the slugs this year. My shallots are also doing well and should be ready in the next week or two.
And these redcurrants are starting to colour up, unfortunately. I still have some of last year's crop in the freezer and 6 jars of redcurrant jam left and have no idea what I'm going to do with this year's bumper crop - lots of jam for Christmas presents I think!
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