Bit of a review
by Wendy Syddall
At the end of summer, probably the main flowering season in my garden I like to think about what has gone well and what has gone less well.
The weather has been a bit odd to say the least this summer which has been good for some plants and not others.
Fruit wise, the raspberries have been brilliant. The tomatoes less so, we’ve had 2 beefsteak tomatoes although I was advised they wouldn’t ripen outside and they did. (1 picture below) The other 2 were very unsuccessful especially as one wasn’t what it said on the label and so I didn’t know what was ripe when.
My sweetpeas have been amazing but I need to give them something better to grow up next year rather than the next closet plant – they just didn’t like their bamboo canes) The cosmos and dahlias (some grown from seed are pictured below) have had mixed results – some have flowered for months and others haven’t yet flowered. They need to hurry up otherwise it’ll be too late! I keep trying to persuade them – it’s supposed to be good for plants if you talk to them! Presumably they breathe in what we breathe out.
The roses especially the ones against the fence (climbers I think – again pictures below) have also been great. They like the rain. I also have an alstroemeria (lily) that has flowered for months although it’s sister in the back garden only really flowered once and has been resting ever since!
There are other successes and failures but that will do for now. I’m interested to know what has gone well and badly in your garden this year – so do leave a comment.
Hello Wendy – our dahlia’s are proving brilliant this year but in the main the veg has struggled along at best in all this dry weather!
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Veg wise, broad beans did very well (and no blackfly) while runner beans were slow t get going but are continuing to flower and produce. Cosmos has done exceptionally well in the front garden.