Sunday, May 27, 2018

27 Jul

Blowsy Dahlias and much more besides

This really is the time of plenty. The window boxes and pots are now in full bloom – a cascade of petunias, lobelia and trailing verbena. All are very subtle colours of blue, white and pink, and although, they look lovely, I have already decided that next year I am going to go for a more striking colour combination. The yellow, blue and purple hanging baskets on the Newcastle streets have really caught my eye – so next year it is definitely going to be a more municipal look.
The ploy tunnel is a mix at the moment – the sweet peas are nearly over, only to be replaced by the dahlias, of which I have picked the first bunch this week.

The mange tout are going strong, as are the french beans, keeping us well supplied in greens. The tomatoes, on the other hand, are miles off and I am not sure they will even fruit before we lose the sun.
Out side I have dug my first potatoes – marries peer – and delicious they were too. We were very excited to have sat down to our first home produced meal last weekend. It was hard to say goodbye, but the pigs are now safely in the freezer and last sunday we dined on roast shoulder accompanied by potatoes, mange tout and french beans – yummy and very satisfying – all we need now is to get some soft fruit going and we will be on our way to an entire meal off the land!


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