Friday, 11 July 2014

June to July ...

... at the allotment.
An end of June snapshot of what was happening on the "new" allotment.
The first courgette developing.
The carrots, beetroot and parsnips beginning to grow.
Lots of lettuce to eat.
My favourite fruit to harvest.
I have to confess that some of these didn't make it off the allotment! ;)
June has definitely been the month for strawberries.
The first French bean.
Tom Thumb peas.
Pak choi that something is nibbling!
We have been eating the cavolo nero.

Sorrel to add to salads.
Sweet Williams for the table.
All photographed beneath this beautiful evening sky.
The hollyhock is in flower.
 Still picking my favourite fruit.
 Harvesting lots of Rainbow radishes.
 Looking forward to this season's beetroot.
 The roots have grown some more.

... in the garden.
I started picking sweet peas.
 Ella discovered the catmint! :)

 An invader appeared! Great mullein.
 The verbena bonariensis began flowering
as did the dahlias
 and hydrangeas.

Lots more cosmos is in flower.
 The climbing annuals are in bloom.  Such a gorgeous blue!
 Lots of clematis blooms now decorate the garden.

Abraham D'Arby is stunning!
The Fairy rose bush is so laden with blooms that the branches are bent over.  I have to stake this plant up every summer.
 Rose Joie de Vivre enjoying more light now that I have trimmed the hedge in the front garden.
 The three buddleias are in full bloom.  The flower spikes on this one are huge!
 Black Knight

 Delicate astilbe Sprite is in bloom.

 We have had a lot of rain, but the sun has been shining again this week.
 I'm still picking sweet peas
 and I have been collecting seeds.
 Butterflies have been flitting around the garden, this one is a comma butterfly
 and yesterday we also had a visit from this dragonfly, a female broad-bodied chaser.

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