Janice's Sweet Peas

Treat of treats, I have just come home from the  plot with a gift, a beautiful bunch of fragrant sweet peas. The very essence of Summer.  Sown by Janice at the end of last year these are competition standard and will hopefully win her a prize in the Ruislip show on Saturday.

Thank you Janice!



Thursday Plotlines

A slightly off piste week for us. Derek took part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride at the weekend so most of  our time was tied up with that. There was a lot of preparation to do on Saturday, parking to organise, first aid kits, snacks, puncture repair kits etc. and an early start on Sunday to get to Clapham Common in time for the designated 8.00am start. I hope you don’t mind a little bragging here but I’m very proud to say that he completed the race arriving in Brighton mid afternoon.

Southbourne Gardens

We did manage to fit in some time at the plot and Saturday afternoon was spent finally putting everything in the ground, courgettes, aubergines, the rest of the tomatoes and some of the chillies.  We thought is would take a couple of hours but you know how it goes and we finally left at around five. We missed the EHS Summer Show that was taking place in the Community Hall, which of course meant missing the home made cakes.  The plus is that the greenhouse and the cold frames  are now completely empty.

Geranium Rozanne

I have a new crush.  The object of my affections is Geranium Rozanne, a hardy perennial ‘cranesbill’ variety.  It drew attention not only because it was in full bloom in an otherwise green border but  also because it was chock full of bees.

Geranium Rozanne

Geranium Rozanne

I’ve since found out that this variety was voted Plant of the Centenary  by the public at the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show, chose from a shortlist of ten, one representing each decade of the show’s history.