Garden Photography

In the growing garden: 7 July


It’s been a couple of weeks since I did a little garden update and my growing garden has been growing.  Mostly in the wonderful summer time sort of way, and just a little bit in an ‘aargh I’m really busy and I can’t quite keep up with it sort of way’.  The rain has been wonderful for the whole garden, and really rubbish for letting me actually get out there of an evening or at the weekend to tidy it up and do the little bits and bobs that need doing so mostly it’s been left to itself.  Fortunately neither veggie nor flowers gardens seems to mind too much.

Space for the Butterflies - the growing garden

We were in Devon at the weekend where the hydrangeas are in full deep china blue bloom.  Further north mine are just starting to make an appearance and I can just about forgive the lack of blue this year given when I get highlighter pen pink and the loveliest of blue blushed lilac.

Space for the Butterflies - the growing garden

The roses have their own rambling dance across the back fence, and showers of petals douse my little boy every time he slams a football into the back fence.  These pale pink beauties are hiding from him, tucked up behind a bramble but given away by their gorgeous scent.

Space for the Butterflies - the growing garden

In the fruit bed the strawberries are all over now.  We did have some, but I never got around to netting them and the birds had more but I don’t think we minded too much.  I’m never going to have a strawberry patch that can produce an entire supper’s worth of berries unless I dig up the whole lawn; these are more about the fun of watching and waiting for the strawberries to turn red and then timing just right to get to them first.  Next year though, netting.

Next door to the fruit the onions and garlic are all wilting down nicely and I think it’s time for the garlic at least to come up.  I’ve tried lifting a couple to see how they were getting on but for the first few I wondered whether things had got a bit muddled between the planting and the harvesting because what I was pulling as garlic turned out to be a single bulb, more like an onion than a head of garlic split into cloves.  Fortunately third time lucky I pulled a nice fat proper looking garlic.  Whatever the funny ones are, if it doesn’t look right then it doesn’t go in the kitchen and I’ll just chalk it up to experience. But if there’s something obvious I should know as to why it didn’t work then please let me know.

Space for the Butterflies - the growing garden

The parsnips and purple beans are putting everything else to shame. The parsnips are a regular forest, I have no idea whether they’re too close together or whether they’ll be OK but I’ve gone with what felt about right and if we have lots of teeny tiny parsnips this winter I’ll know for next year.

Space for the Butterflies - the growing garden

And at last, we have promise of beans. Well promise of beans and what I think may actually be a teeny tiny baby purple bean.  We’ve celebrated by finally getting around to staking them and hopefully before too long it will be purple beans for supper.

Space for the Butterflies - the growing garden

Speaking of staking, and slightly off centre wonky staking at that, I’ve also (and also finally) staked up the sugarsnap peas.  I’ve given them a little arch to climb along but apparently it clashed with their outfits or something because they turned up their little climber feelers at it and steadfastly insisted on being ground cover peas, no matter how many times I tried to give them a persuasive twirl around the hoop as I passed by.  Now we have bamboo of the ‘rescued from the floor of the shed because I couldn’t find where we’d put the rest of it’ variety and some very snazzy green garden twine and they’re quite happily ensconced in a sort of wigwam with one minor addition because one pole was too short. So far they seem to love it and I’m determined to protect them from the birds. They may take our strawberries, but they’ll never take our peas..!

My spinach forrest has been eyeing up a bit of a bolt this week.  It also seems to have got a bit squashed in places (Pip Squeak?!) so after I’d taken these pictures I basically attacked it with a pair of scissors and enlisted some child labour to help with stripping the leaves.  We got a colander-full and what I left behind will either grow again, or it really won’t and I’ll have to pull it all out and plant again – but maybe a little more sparsely this time.

Space for the Butterflies - the growing garden

The carrots are another crop where I’m worrying about spacing.  This is how close they are together at the moment and I don’t really want to thin them any more because then I’ll only be growing about five carrots total so I’m hoping they’ve got enough room to grow long enough.  Because my little photobombing gardener is getting so very excited about the prospect of actually being able to pull things up without a cry of “nooooooo!” that the least I can do is make sure there’s a carrot on the end of it for his snack!Space for the Butterflies - the growing garden



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  • Vickie 07/07/2016 at 4:54 pm

    It’s all looking marvelous Carie! With regards to your carrots, the spacing looks fine from what I can see in the photo. If you’re not sure and want to thin further you can transplant the thinnings. If you pull them out using a cork screw kind of twist you shouldn’t break the taproot. Then you just need to make holes with a dibber or bit of bamboo cane and drop the thinnings in. Good luck!

  • Claire 09/07/2016 at 8:11 am

    Your garden is looking great
    I’don’t love to grow fruit, vegetables and more flowers in the next few years. I think my eldest (3 years) would love it but we haven’t been very organised this year as we have a newborn.

  • 09/07/2016 at 9:18 am

    It’s looking great Carie! Also your close up flower photography is beautiful. We are having trouble with our peas behaving and growing up their stakes too. Are your boxes covered underneath? Ours are because we read something about it helping with weeds but now I think our veg won’t be able to grow deep enough?

  • Elizabeth - Simply Blossoms 09/07/2016 at 12:29 pm

    Oh I hear you about the not keeping up with the garden at this time year! It’s beautiful and wild and crazy isn’t it? Your veg beds look amazing. And those hydrangeas….I could look at those forever. Just lovely x #HDYGG

  • Gemma Garner 10/07/2016 at 10:31 pm

    Blue hydrangeas are the best — but saying that, mine has turned pink in places and the multicoloured petals are beauuuutiful. I think the single bulbs of garlic are just under developed and probably need a bit more time in the ground to form cloves. We had a couple like that this year; they taste just as good 🙂

  • chickenruby 24/07/2016 at 11:00 am

    lol at thinning the carrots out and only growing 5