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Garden August 2019

Courgettes 

This courgette plant is flying – 1 new courgette daily. It takes up half the bed and more.

Border

Coreopsis.

Sunflower

The chair collapsed under my colossal weight and I unceremoniously fell within the chair. It was comedy gold, but can a funny act be funny, if no-one is there to see the joke? I wasn’t laughing! (It is like the Zen koan, if you tell a joke in the forest but no one is there to hear it, was it really a joke?) Continue Reading →

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Meditation is no protection from greedy wood pigeons

Yesterday, I was meditating in my outside room when I heard a very heavy bird land on the roof. Immediately my meditation was disturbed and I feared it was a greedy wood-pigeon who was going to start chomping away at my beautiful brassicas just a few feet away. However, I thought I ought to try and be spiritual and remain detached from my vegetable garden.

So I kept meditating but it wasn’t a very good meditation, because I was worrying about the effects of wood pigeons. After 10 minutes I gave up my attempts at meditation and went outside to see my vegetable planters. Two really fat wood pigeons looked very guilty and flew off. In ten minutes they had wreaked havoc.

pigeons-brassicas

So I have had to net the brassicas. Continue Reading →

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Mid August Flowers

Mid August

Border mid August.

Rudbeckia Goldstrum – a very well behaved perennial.

Phlox – sweet scent.

A dry border – mostly silvers and lavenders.

grass

Grass blowing in the wind gives a new dimension.

Grass.

More Rudbeckia

Red flowers

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EP  Evening Primrose

Garden in the sun.

Courgette plant

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Orchids that flower themselves to death

There are some kinds of orchids that can ‘flower themselves to death.’ – they put all their energy into producing flowers, then eventually they run out of energy and die.

The leaves of this orchid indicate neglect – lack of water, food, humidity and proper conditions. Yet, there is a profusion of beautiful blooms.

I bought this from a market stall in Leeds 18 months ago. It has been flowering almost continuously ever since. Despite my parents not looking after it properly in my absence, it keeps going. It’s actually doing better than some of the orchids I properly look after in Oxford.

Some plants are very different – unless they are given exactly the conditions they require, they won’t flower.

But, an orchid will survive just about everything except over-watering.

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