In the Pocket Handkerchief Garden: 27 August 2015


Space for the Butterflies - The Pocket Handkerchief Garden

It’s still alive! If there’s one thing you can have absolute confidence in it is of course the British Summer’s ability to water your vegetable patch while you galavant around Europe in a tent for three weeks.  It may have rained on us in the French Alps and snowed on us in the Swiss Alps but back home as far as I can gather we’ve had the drippy damp kind of summer that vegetables love.  And love it they have. Well some of them.

Space for the Butterflies - The Pocket Handkerchief Garden

Most notably the blackcurrant bush which not only has not died (phew) but is now covered with an aura of leafy green so that it both looks and faintly smells blackcurranty.  My instructions tell me that next summer I have to prune away to make a central crown of branches and as they’ve got me this far I will be instruction following to the letter in the hope of a nice crop of currants next autumn.

Space for the Butterflies - The Pocket Handkerchief Garden

The beans are also happy; all the shoots have flowers and apart from a couple of rebels who went for the netting, most of them are spiralling up my bean wigwam.  Before we went away I took the netting off the beans, blackcurrant and courgettes; it struck me that while the netting is performing superbly in keeping the cat out of the garden it might also be keeping away the bees.  And while it’s been a while since I studied biology, even I can remember that you need bees to pollinate.  Judging by the results the gamble paid off, we have no sign of the cat and there are some teeny tiny little beans.

Space for the Butterflies - The Pocket Handkerchief Garden

I think the netting may have done for the courgettes though.  The plant that had the flowers that fell off has now produced some small green yellow courgettes that also fell off in a squishy brown sort of way and I think we can all agree that my two courgette plants were clearly just not that into each other.  I do love courgettes though so roll on next year and we’ll have another go.

Space for the Butterflies - The Pocket Handkerchief Garden

Space for the Butterflies - The Pocket Handkerchief Garden

Meanwhile in the back garden my lone tomato plant has been thriving.  We have lots and lots of green tomatoes just waiting for some sunshine, and as a welcome home present, three perfectly ripe ones to add to supper.

Space for the Butterflies - The Pocket Handkerchief Garden

And while not technically veggies, the sunflowers have been going up up and away, and I’m so pleased we’re home in time to see them.  They are just so cheerful to look out onto, sunshine even on a rainy day.

Space for the Butterflies - The Pocket Handkerchief Garden

The Pocket Handkerchief Garden so far:

6 August 2015

30 July 2015

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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  • suzy mae 27/08/2015 at 9:22 am

    Yes that is one perk of all the rain we’ve been having 🙂
    Your garden looks green and lush. I love the smell of blackcurrant bushes.
    We’re still waiting for our Sunflowers to bloom. They’re right on the brink. I’m hoping they’ll make it 🙂

    • Carie 27/08/2015 at 10:07 pm

      We had three sunflowers that were presents from my aunt; one we think was sat on by the fat pigeon that lives in the garden, one is our current sunshine and the other is even taller and thinking about blooming. It’s going to be amazing when it does! And yes to the smell of blackcurrant bushes, and tomatoes too!

  • Ivona 27/08/2015 at 3:51 pm

    Looks great.

    • Carie 27/08/2015 at 10:05 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • LauraCYMFT 27/08/2015 at 8:13 pm

    Oh yum! Fresh tomatoes from your own garden.

    • Carie 27/08/2015 at 10:05 pm

      Oh they really are!

  • chickenruby 28/08/2015 at 1:49 pm

    it’s amazing sometimes how well the garden grows when we don’t do anything with it, hope you had a fab holiday

    • Carie 28/08/2015 at 10:15 pm

      Sometimes I think it does better when I ignore it!

  • Mammasaurus 28/08/2015 at 2:02 pm

    Ahhh sunflowers make me smile! Kudos to your growing skills Carrie, I grew tomatoes, beans and courgettes last year but not this year and this post makes me regret that! You can’t beat that freshly picked tomato taste can you?
    It’s been rainy and sunny here but not in equal measure, the rain far winning the race. Did you enjoy the Alps? Beautiful part of the world *day dreams*

    Thank you for joining in lovely x

    • Carie 28/08/2015 at 10:16 pm

      Oh I loved the Alps, absolutely completely fell in love and want to go back next year!

  • liv 28/08/2015 at 5:04 pm

    amazing photos! love the way you can count on your garden to get the watering it needs while you tent/explore! it’s usually that way for us in the PNW but not this year! we’ve had record breaking highs all summer.

    • Carie 28/08/2015 at 10:17 pm

      Oh it’s a small silver lining to a very big cloud!

  • Gemma 28/08/2015 at 8:58 pm

    It looks like the rain came at a good time while you were away 🙂 You have lots of lovely produce on the way, those tomatoes look tasty!

    • Carie 28/08/2015 at 10:18 pm

      Oh they’re the nicest tomatoes ever!

  • sally 29/08/2015 at 11:02 am

    A bit more than drippy and damp down here, but the garden has loved it! So glad you came back to happy plant news, and I wish you could have some of our courgettes, we have them coming out of our ears, and I don’t even much like them!

    • Carie 29/08/2015 at 10:59 pm

      Oh I wish too, I love them. If you’re not so keen on them as veggies have you tried them in cake? Nigella’s recipe is awesome!

  • Kriss MacDonald 29/08/2015 at 6:13 pm

    I really must plant some sunflowers next year with my two little ones – so gorgeous to have in one’s own garden.

    • Carie 29/08/2015 at 10:56 pm

      It’s the first time I’ve got mine growing really sky high, and they are so much fun, I think we’ll definitely plant more next year!