Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Autumn Crocus

I forget I have these until September each year when they appear as if from nowhere. This year I must repost them after flowering as they have multiplied.  They require no attention or special treatment, completely reliable.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Katy Apples

I picked the Katy Apples today, later than normal.  Everything is late this year, but strangely the Worcester Pearmain Apples were ready before them and picked last week. Some of the Katy apples were reluctant to leave the tree, needing a little encouragement.

Normally you know an apple is ready when you lift it by 90 degrees and the stalk detaches from the tree. But this year they have been hanging on, even though the fruits are fully ripe.  But with increasing fallers, I had to pick them. Strangely, some apples have stalks where the inside was dry and detaching but the outer surface was still live, so they stayed attached until a gust of wind came along. Never seen that before.  But a good crop, half a sack full of lovely red fruit.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

September Flower

This is acidanthera bicolor, a bulb planted earlier this year. Actually there were 20 bulbs but only one has flowered. It could be because of the poor weather this year, who knows? But a pretty flower, with 4 sequential blooms.

Friday, 11 September 2015

A Tale of 2 Tomato Plants

These plants are the same Bush variety (Totem), in the same location, with the same treatment. One has 2 enormous fruits on it, the other has multiple small ones.  Never had this difference before, anyone else seen anything like this?

Thursday, 3 September 2015


Germination is always tricky with beetroot, the soil and air temperatures have to be just right, and conditions not too damp.  You need a crystal ball!  I always sow under a cliche, to keep them warm and dry.  However, you really can't predict how they will do. So this beetroot is from the first sowing, which has produced really good roots. The second sowing has produced nothing but leaves. No idea why, the weather was warmer!  I grow egyptian flat/turnip rooted, they do best for me.