What’s blooming in July and creating a Garden Diary

It’s time for the monthly round-up of what’s happening in the garden! I’m now into that tricky time of trying to find days where I can work in the garden. For that I need 3 criteria to be met:

  1. Dry but not too hot
  2. Have the day free to work on the garden
  3. Be in the right mood for gardening

I’m discovering days where all 3 criteria are met are pretty hard to come by. Anyone else have that problem? I  haven’t had many opportunities to do much this month, and my to do list is growing. At least I managed to plant my tomatoes and feed the fish! Read on for the round up:

 The Front Garden

Well the Magnolia tree is doing well….

The main thing is the need to start weeding and prune the hedge! Don’t think there is anything more to say. But here’s a pic of the Virginia creeper which has sprouted to life.

And some yellow flowers down the side of the garden

The Back Garden

The back garden in July

Hm. Starting to edge dangerously away from ‘English country cottage’ towards ‘overgrown’. In my defence, it has rained a lot, and I have got out and done some pruning!

Lots of pretty blooms – but a dangerous quantity of weeds as well

The Flowers

Just a few pictures of pretty blooms:

The Clematis and roses are all doing well

The Fruit

I have had a very generous crop of strawberries, which are pretty much finished now. The slugs got their fair share too!

Some of the strawberry harvest

The little fruit plants I’ve planted don’t seem to have done much. I can only hope they’ll bed in and spring to life next year. The existing fruit trees have been much more impressive:

Peaches! They have started ripening since this pic was taken
Pears! Not many but some!

 

Apples!
Plums! Lots of them!
The monster rhubarb

 

Japanese Wineberry – intriguing

I have eaten lots and lots of rhubarb. Mainly stewed with yogurt. Anyone got any good rhubarb recipes?

The Veg

I’ve experimented with seed potatoes in several receptacles. Those planted in potato bags supplied by the garden centre appear to have been least successful. I don’t think the bags with my choice of compost provided enough drainage. 2 bags/seed potatoes produced this VERY modest crop:

 

A handful of potatoes – but still delicious

The ones planted in the ground certainly look impressive. Who knows what’s going on underneath all that foliage?

The potato forest, doing it’s thing

I’ve planted a few tomatoes and beans. But as they were the weedy leftover plants donated by Mum, and I took a bit too long to get around to planting them, they will have to be pretty determined to do anything. Holding off on a picture until I know what way this one is going to go!

The onions are not looking too good. They didn’t like being strangled by the netting I put down as part of my cat protection strategy, or the disruption of being weeded. Lessons are being learnt.

My sad onion bed

 

Weed or no weed

What do you think? Are thistle type things a weed or a plant?

Weeds? Thistles?

And Finally

A comedy picture? If in doubt, show a picture of a naked man:

 

Creating a Garden Diary

This is my 6th post on the garden! I moved in January and my first garden post was in February. The links are below. This effectively is my garden diary! I’m getting a great visual record of how the garden has changed. The photos are all stored in separate monthly folders on my PC to easily reference as well. Why not try creating your own, whether to share with other bloggers or just to help you with your garden plans? The main thing is to remember to do it every month, and have an organised way of keeping your records. This could be online, on a laptop, or you could do printouts and keep a physical journal.

The Links

See how the garden looked in June, May, April, March, and February. Check out many gorgeous gardens from around the World who join in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day here at may dreams gardens.  And leave any feedback, suggestions, hints and tips in the comments box below. They are all gratefully received by this novice gardener!