Thriving on neglect

Poor garden. We’ve been so busy over the last few weeks that there has been no time to look after things properly except for five minutes snatched here and there to do the bare essentials. The weeds in places are an embarrassment but I’m turning a blind eye and focusing on better and prettier things; thank goodness nature does the job and carries on despite my neglect. If nothing else, we won’t go hungry!

The climbing beans have shot up this week: a wigwam of purple ‘Cosse Violette’

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and two of red borlotti ‘Lingua di Fuoco’.

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The dwarf beans ‘Canadian Wonder’ are lagging behind and there are lots of spaces so I think I’ll make one decent row out of two patchy ones.

The courgettes and squash plants have looked a bit yellow and pinched since they went outside, no wonder as warm weather gave way to a week of bitterly cold northerly winds and they literally shivered. They’re greening up  slowly in the sunshine now though, and covered in flower buds.

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In the tunnel, the pampered butternut squash ‘Hunter’ are flaunting their bright colours…

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…while the jalepeno chillies and tomato ‘Bambino’ are a little more subtle.

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Outside, there are flowers on the ‘Early Onward’ peas

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while in the shady tunnel between them and the ‘Douce Provence’ peas the ‘Little Gem’ lettuce are hearting up nicely.

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Not such good news where the rocket is concerned: flea beetles are the bane of my gardening life here, they’re like a rash and leave everything as perforated as  teabags.

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The ‘Greyhound’ summer cabbage are holding their own against the pigeons this year, the ‘Ailsa Craig’ and ‘Grenada’ onions grown from seed are also growing but they desperately need hand weeding.

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The soft fruit patch is a mass of colour thanks to Californian poppies and phacelia, all self-set (there are some fruit bushes in there somewhere).

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The phacelia is literally buzzing with bees and it’s a short hop from there to the broad beans which have collapsed in the wind (despite our best attempts to tie them up) but they still smell lovely and are setting masses of pods.

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I literally threw the tomatoes into the ground last week, a new sunny patch hastily prepared for them in the flower garden. They didn’t look too chuffed with the cold wind either but they’ll go, and with 15 plants of 7 varieties I think we might be alright for toms come summer! I’ve stuffed basil, borage and calendula around them as companion plants, and a wigwam of morning glory, black-eyed Susie and some more ‘Cosse Violette’ beans as a backdrop – if only one of those grows it will be a touch of colour.

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Further up the border, the flowers are putting on a grand show in purples, blues and pinks – it’s a bit like Monet-With-Weeds.

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I really do have to get in there and tidy up but in the meantime, find myself far too distracted by the little visitors who are enjoying the flowers as much as me.

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On second thoughts, as everything seems to be doing perfectly well without me, perhaps I should just leave it all be? 🙂

 

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2 thoughts on “Thriving on neglect

  1. Wow, they all look awesome & the flowers are just beautiful. I wonder if my seeds would grow with neglect too as they don’t grow with help 🙂

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    • I’m beginning to think neglect is a good thing – or maybe I’m just a very lazy gardener! I just love anything that sets seed all over the place, it’s such an easy (and cheap) way to have lots of colour, although borage tends to drive my husband up the wall. 🙂

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