Summer Time starts

The clocks go forward tonight, lovely sunny day outside, time to update this blog

My runners are now all germinated, well all except the mystery one I found, the beans have rotted so never will know what they were. Because the weather is good I have started to harden the runners off, first day out in the sun today, they were galloping away in the conservatory

The tomatoes are now showing the first true leaves, not going leggy and still on the window sill, but no extra heat except from normal room

The mini roses, I have now planted them into a large pot at Age Concern, I did take a photo but it really was a poor shot so not posting that

A lovely show of daffs now in the sun, the early Tete a Tete are going over, but plenty of other varieties to come

My peach is in blossom, but has peach leaf curl, which I was expecting since it is now outside, will just have to take it’s chances because the greenhouse is no longer suitable

And lastly, one of my figs, the one in the conservatory, has embryo figs showing, not quite pea sized yet

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Beans are go

Now made the final sowings, indoors, of all my beans, both Runner and climbing French

The ones sown a week or so back, White Emergo and black climbing French are well and truly germinated and have now been moved to the unheated conservatory before they get too leggy

Now sown Runner beans, Firestorm and Scarlet Emperor, climbing French bean Monte Cristo.

Plus a mystery runner bean, own seed, from a pod I had “put by” some years back, but lost the label. I think it may be Wisley Magic but the seed is large white and not really sure. Wait and see, it may never germinate anyway

And during the seed sort out I found an unopened packet of Borage seed, 2015, sown in a pot and will be lovely for the bees if they grow, should do, I know they grew like weeds when I had them previously

Apricot, the seven year itch?

The Spring sun had a suprise for me, my Aprigold apricot, bought & planted October 2009 has blossom on it after seven years of waiting

I bought it pot grown from Blackmoor Nursey, it produced a couple of blossoms in 2010, but never fruited, and has failed to flower ever since. It does not look the best of trees TBH, never really flourished and it had crossed my mind to chuck it out

Maybe it read my thoughts? Whatever, here in sun is a couple of flowers, a few more pink buds are showing but fruit could be a step too far to hope

Spring Sowing starts

The weather is improving daily, and my itchy fingers just had to get going sowing for summer

I have an electric thermostat controlled propagator, had it for over twenty years and still going well

Decided early start for 2017, indoors, for beans and tomatoes

My beans, both self saved seeds from last year, are runner, White Emergo and an unknown climbing black French bean from Bill at Age Concern, six of each sown into loo roll innards

I have two other varieties but short of loo rolls so will hold off sowing these for a week or so

Also sown, in individual cells in a tray were four each of these tomatoes

Shirley – bought on clearance last year from Wilkinson’s

Tumbling Tom – bought on clearance last year from Wilkinson’s

Minibel – bought on clearance last year from Wilkinson’s

Unknown variety self saved seed from a very sweet cherry tom from Lidl, April last year

More roses plus alpines

It has been very wet and windy lately with storm Doris going through, but bought two more Alpines for the front, from Morrison’s as usual. In pots and growing well

Arenaria “Montana” and Alpine wallflower “Bowles mauve”. I have heard of the latter, seems to be one often mentioned, so either good and reliable or common as muck. Either way both now planted out in the front and very well watered in with the rain

Still getting roses for the Age Concern border, two more today, from Poundland, unnamed, just “white” but they will do the job. Currently soaking in a bucket for planting tomorrow

Starting to look through my seeds, getting itchy about soaing tomatoeas and maybe beans sometime soon

Pyracantha pruned to pieces

Finally finished off the very severe pruning of the Pyracantha and Buddlia, wanted to get it done before new Spring growth starts in earnest. I will forego the pyracantha flowers and berries this year but it certainly needed doing

I have left some of the larger branches near the path for me to use as steadying handholds when I use the steps

Noticed the warmth has brought on the flowers on the dwarf daffs I bought in a pot from Morrison’s last month, looking good now

Pyracantha at front with bird feeder, buddlia at the back, near the Dalek compost bins

Rhubarb and Roses

Been a bit busier today, the sun came out and it’s getting Spring like, first flower out in my garden, some may call it a weed but I call it a wild flower. A celandine glowing in the sun brightened the day with hints of more to come

Continuing stocking the Age Concern border with roses, I bought three more, unnamed from Poundland, two white and one yellow, look nice plants for a quid so not complaining. Now planted by usual dig hole and bung them in method, after an overnight soak in a bucket of water

Yesterday a friend at Age Concern gave me a spare rhubarb crown to replace the one that was destroyed by cats last year, went round his garden to collect, and now planted in a fresh spot in mine, near the fruit canes at back of garden

And with the sun out I continued cutting back the pyracantha, nearly there now, another good go should see it completed