When we returned from our quick trip to Greece, it seemed that the UK garden had burst into bloom and was showing a lot of new growth. We’re definitely entering the new fruiting season. If the blossoms on the cherry tree are anything to go by, I’ll be getting a good crop of Morellos again this year.
A few weeks later, they became proto-fruit. Definitely a good crop this year – if the birds don’t get them first.
The quince is the last fruit tree in the garden to bloom. Beautiful pale pink petals. (Yes, we have had a fair share of rain!)
After last year’s disastrous fig (non)crop – they were all stunted and fell off – I might actually get figs this year. It looks like the tree has settled into its pot and the fledgling ant colony seems to have been flooded out last year with copious applications of water, but I must remain vigilant! It is almost impossible to completely get rid of ants.
The grape vine is recovering nicely from its earlier radical prune. Tiny grape clusters are forming.
Many of the berries are blooming – blackberry (top left in image below), loganberry (right) and blueberry (bottom left).
Some are actually fruiting – red currant (top left in image below), black currant (top right) and gooseberry (bottom).
The raspberries are getting ready for their first, early crop from last year’s canes. New canes are just beginning to come up through the soil for a later autumnal crop.
As always, a few new raspberries have cropped up in the neighbouring bed along side the currants and gooseberries. I call them the raspberry escapees, from spreading roots (rhizomes, I think they are called). I will need to dig them out, and perhaps give them away. I wish I had more space!
The herb garden is flourishing. The three different sages (purple, bicoloured, and normal culinary sage) were clipped and new plants propagated last year.
The chive clumps seem to be growing and covering a large corner of the herb garden. Good thing, too, since I’ve read somewhere that ants do not like chives and I seem to have a perpetual problem with the critters.
Another pest that is a distinct problem in mild wet Britain is the slug and its relation, the snail. For the longest time, I had wondered if my fennel was dead, but then I noticed that there were little green nubs covered in slime at the base of last year’s canes – a sure indicator of slugs and/or snails getting to the new shoots. So, the copper ring went around, but did not do much good. I’m afraid that I eventually had to resort to slug pellets – though the organic, ecologically friendly sort. Finally, the green fronds started appearing.
On the other hand, the mint, being relegated to a large rectangular pot on the edge of the herb garden is slug free and is enjoying fresh healthy growth. Time to start using it in cooking.
While the other herbs are starting, the wild garlic is winding down with a lovely display of its white (edible) flowers. Pretty in salads.
Last, but not least, the rhubarb has become a monster. I’ve been harvesting it and enjoying strawberry-rhubarb gelato and rhubarb crumble. Also, contemplating rhubarb wine, which I chickened out of doing last year. Somehow, I don’t see myself doing it this year, either. Too many other things to do!
All in all, a decided contrast to next year’s garden:
Tasks to be done:
- Uproot the raspberry escapees and find new homes for the plants, and …
- Research growing conditions of the fruit that best grow in Greece, and …
- Continue to maintain the UK garden and to tidy as much away as possible, paring things down to a minimum.
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