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The Pocket Handkerchief Garden: 30 July 2015


Oh me of little faith.

One week after its long soak in the recycling bucket, careful planting and treading in, and leap of faith pruning, this is my blackcurrant bush.

Space for the Butterflies - The Pocket Handkerchief Garden

Do you see? Look carefully and there are little green shoots poking out from the stems.  It’s still alive! I haven’t killed it! The relief is palpable.

I’m going to attribute it to dedicated care and attention but the truth is that it’s thrived in a complete absence of any attention other than an occasional hard stare.  And the reason? Well let’s just say I haven’t watered it, or any other part of the garden this week, because I haven’t had to.  It has been raining like a child left alone with a hose.  All week, and it seems that the blackcurrant loves it.

Space for the Butterflies - The Pocket Handkerchief Garden

Unfortunately my strawberries seem to be suffering from a lack of sunshine; they’re getting bit but they’re not turning red, they just look pale pink and slightly bedraggled.  It’s a very sorry state of affairs for what looks to be a great crop so I’ve got all my fingers crossed for some sunbeams next week.

On the other hand, the tomatoes in the back garden are growing nicely, as are the beans (we have two flowers now) and miracle of miracles, the courgette has another flower.

Space for the Butterflies - The Pocket Handkerchief Garden

Well it might be the same courgette or it might be the other one.  If it falls off I’m definitely claiming that it’s the other one, and my garden fairy (my aunt) tells me that they do have male and female flowers so all may yet be well.

Space for the Butterflies - The Pocket Handkerchief Garden

And in the other bed, well nothing much is happening.  I have a packet of Pak Choi seeds on my desk to go in the spot where we had garlic, but I’m afraid I’m turning out to be a fair-weather farmer this week and I haven’t gone out to plant them.  I don’t mind the wet and rain and cold when it’s autumn or winter, and I can even cope with it in the Spring, but I am absolutely certain that July does not call for wind, driving rain and the need for full waterproofs, a scarf, and a hat.  The garden can just wait until I can get back to it without multiple layers of clothing.

Now then, back to considering whether it would look too silly if I put an umbrella over the strawberries to give them a bit of a break!

The Pocket Handkerchief Garden so far:

23 July 2015

16 July 2015

9 July 2015

3 July 2015

25 June 2015

18 June 2015

11 June 2015

4 June 2015

28 May 2015

21 May 2015

14 May 2015

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  • sustainablemum 30/07/2015 at 8:39 am

    It has rained a lot this week hasn’t it. I get you on the not wanting to garden in this weather. We went out for a walk on Monday and it was so autumnal 🙁

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:53 pm

      It was like that last Sunday, chilly and damp and brrrr!

  • Jessy @ Our Side of the Mountain 30/07/2015 at 10:43 am

    Fortunately we’ve been blessed with just enough rain every other day or so that I haven’t had to water the garden in about 2 weeks. It’s been really nice! And yes, there are male and female flowers. My pumpkins have many males right now. Those come out first to pollinate the females which can/will bear fruit/veggies. The males die off quickly as their job is just one thing, but if the females “take” the flower will die but leave growing fruit/veggie behind. I think I have 5-7 baby pumpkins now,hoping for 10-12.

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:51 pm

      Oh that sounds like the perfect mix – perfect for veggies and for the summer holidays!

  • Ivona 30/07/2015 at 12:48 pm

    Here is really dry and hot so I had to water my greens a lot. Black currant brings back childhood memories for me, I hope yours grows well.

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:50 pm

      Oh I hope everything stays alive for you 🙂

  • Kim 31/07/2015 at 12:54 am

    I bet seeing your blackcurrant bush sprouting made you so very happy.

    Your weather is the opposite of ours, we are dry, hot and humid. Had a little rain last weekend, but it didn’t really do anything. The gardens are so very dry. I am watering, and trying to keep everything alive.

    Happy gardening!

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:48 pm

      Very happy with a side of relief 🙂

  • Carlin 31/07/2015 at 7:22 am

    Ugh, sorry about the strawberries – hope the weather starts to cooperate for you and some sun comes your way! We are the opposite right now, and I’m just trying to keep things alive too.

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:47 pm

      We need a weather swap!

  • sally 25/08/2015 at 1:28 pm

    I’m not sure whether or not I’m itching most to see more of your trip to Europe or to see how the garden has fared when you get back! I’m very tempted to skip to the end and read back but so far I’m being good.

    • Carie 27/08/2015 at 10:41 pm

      Spoiler: it survived and Europe was awesome!