Thursday, 23 June 2011

one strawberry with cream anyone?

On Tuesday I drove home in the sunshine, a rare thing in Kent because we have had nothing but grey skies and rain. So I got in and set about pottering in the garden for an hour or so to wind down. My strawberries have been doing really well but this picture shows one huge strawberry (picture taken by my son Jack). I gave them a feed two weeks ago and since then they have been producing all sizes but this one is a whoppa! One question, what do I do with all the runners I now have? Do I snip them off and pot them up?

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Saturday evening

Didn't it rain today?! I thought we had enough during the week then it rained some more today, came down in bucket loads. I'm not complaining because it means I don't have to water the garden. We have eaten lots of strawberries this week, some snow peas, a small bunch of carrots and a few peas. Not much else ready yet apart from Swiss Chard and a few green beans, I still need to plant out some other seedings, I doubt if I'll get it done this weekend.

I took an order for a wedding for 25 lavender bags this week. So I've spent most of this evening making them ready to fill them tomorrow. Here is a picture of them in two stacks, all Cath Kidston, all very pretty. I hope the lady who receives them is happy with them, a nice touch for wedding favours.

I'm off to carry on with my knitting, another project! This one is lovely and I'm going to try to finish this one before I start another one. Famous last words. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Amanda

Sunday, 5 June 2011

rain drops ...

We have had rain here most of the afternoon and now evening. A complete change from Friday when I visited RHS Hyde Hall and managed to get sunburnt walking around all day, but my own fault for not taking up my sister's offer of sun screen! It is a lot better today but one side is still warm, hopefully another application of Sudocreme will help tonight. I'll do another entry next week to update you on my fantastic day and all the lovely people I met, so much to tell you all and so many pictures.

I love the garden when its raining and the colours against the grey paving circle, shame the camera doesn't catch it perfectly. And rain saves me having to water it all evening with watering cans. On Saturday I dug out my rosemary, it was so big and getting woody it just had to go. But all is not lost because I took loads of cuttings to pot up next week when I have more time and bought a low growing one in the plant shop at Hyde Hall called Fota Blue.

Today was the monthly Iwade village market and despite the weather, half term and Rochester Dickens festival not that far away we still had a busy day. So another one over for four weeks, just need to source some more stall holders to fill the hall garden area. It's getting harder to secure people despite all my efforts of emails and telephone calls. But I'm not one to give up and where theres a will....

Black bird update - three eggs! Yes three eggs, brilliant news. When I dug out the rosemary I managed to scape one more trug full out of the compost bin, Mr Blackbird was very pleased with the fresh supply of worms.

I'm off to carry on with some crochet and relax after a busy weekend. Hope you all had a good weekend and managed to get into the garden or allotment. Amanda x