Our Blooming Blog

Bees do have a smell

Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine It’s good to think that the garden is doing its bit to help our local bees. For a start, we give them water in a small container filled with glass pebbles in dinosaur world. This way they don’t get dragged down into the water and have someone safe to stand. I have no idea where their hive is. But as bees can easily travel 2 miles from their hive to forage it could be quite some distance away. We also have a garden of lovely flowers like nasturtium, salvia and sunflowers full of nectar for the bees. So when you come to the garden to relax,

The glory of gardening; hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature

“The glory of gardening; hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.” Alfred Austin (poet) Rain at last, and most plants seem a lot happier after being refreshed. Although some plants and art in the garden are looking a bit bedraggled by the heavier downpours. You may remember that one of the tomato plants in the hanging basket was damaged by heavy rain a couple of weeks ago. Well I had to cut the broken part of the plant off, leaving me with a lot of green tomatoes. And this week I found a use for them. I made some ‘chow chow’ which is described as a Chinese piccalilli. The ingredients include green tomatoes, cucumber and beans which we have a lot of in the veg garden. So it was

An onion can make people cry

"An onion can make people cry but there's never been a vegetable that can make people laugh." - Will Rogers I’m not sure I agree with that. I’ve had many a laugh at a strange shaped vegetable. Some of our veg in the garden can be an odd shape. Usually because of erratic watering or it’s being forced to change direction because of overcrowding. The first of our Rainbow Carrots are a good example. These two seem to be having a cuddle. If you follow the idea of companion planting, alliums (plants like onions, garlic and leeks) should be planted with carrots as they confuse the carrot fly. I assume it’s the smell. Alliums also deter slugs and keep fungal infections at bay so they are a useful g

A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins

"A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins." - Laurie Colwin Well, it’s August and school holidays. So of course the weather has changed a bit. Heavy rain, strong winds, cloudy, sunny intervals. But August is also when all our veg starts to ripen too. Early August is also known as the festival of Lammas ‘the feast of the first fruits’ And the garden is certainly having its own harvest festival at the moment. I popped in to the garden on Tuesday to check for any damage that the recent heavy showers and winds had caused. Apart from Flora the scarecrow having lost her head a bit, there wasn’t much. What I don’t understand is, with all that rain, the veg garden still se

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