Favourite Flower 2019 Gaura the Bride

Although this plant was started from seed last year, 2018, it didn’t come into its own until this Summer. This years favourite flower then is Gaura Lindheimeri, commonly known as Whirling Butterflies. The variety I have is white and called, The Bride.

It is such a lovely plant that, although I intend to propagate the plant I have, I intend to start more of the other varieties and colours. There is a dark pink variety, Belleza, that is smaller than mine and I am on the hunt for some seeds.

To propagate in July dip each gaura stem in powdered, gel or liquid rooting hormone, then plant the stems in the holes, just deep enough to stand upright. Pat the soil lightly around the stems. Be sure the leaves are not touching the soil.

Remembering Adam – Viola Sororia Freckles 2017


Quite unlike any other variety, Viola Sororia Freckles bears violet, speckled flowers from spring through to summer. The blooms are carried above neat clumps of heart shaped foliage. This Violet will self-seed freely. Perfect for growing in containers or rockeries. These plants propagate by forming rhizomes and spreading into large clumps. They also make beautiful star shaped seed heads and throw out their seeds to fall and make new plants. They are hardy and need very little care. These tough little plants will seed themselves anywhere. They’re  strong like Adam was strong and they will be growing all over the garden along with lots of other Violas next year and every year in memory of my brave boy.

Red or Dead



This evening we spent an hour and a half at the plots. I gathered some beans and carrots for tea. We also cut a decent cauliflower to go with them. Half went in the pot and half in the freezer. We decided to dig up the Roseval potatoes and one whole row only gave enough for about two meals for the three of us. What we did get looked ok so we will do the taste test later as they are in the saucepan at the moment. I was unsure about peeling or not but in the end I scraped them and they were still red underneath the thin papery outside layer. I have pulled four sticks of Rhubarb against advice I had read about leaving the plant alone for the first year. Lastly we brought home another lettuce and a few turnips that had shot up overnight it seemed to me.

Peas in a Pod – 2007

In complete contrast to yesterday we worked at the plot today in torrential rain. Rob pulled up the rest of the pea plants and I sat in the shed doorway and pulled the pods off. We filled a large washing up bowl. The peas were growing around the inside of the second brassica cage so after Rob had pulled them up he pulled all the weeds too. When we left it looked really tidy with quite a bit almost ready to harvest.


We brought home two cauliflowers, one we shall eat with our evening meal and the other will be put in the freezer. The plants we put in yesterday on plot eighteen were looking good and seemed to like the rain. The rain hasn’t let up all day and the garden at home is like a swamp. Luckily the allotment plots are on a gentle slope so no waterlogging there, thank goodness.


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Cabbages and Queens

We spent hours at the plots today in sweltering heat. Firstly we transplanted the brassicas from the nusery bed over to the new brassica cage on plot 18. We still have some small plants waiting to grow on a little more. Rob dug up a row of potatoes, British Queen, and we were very pleased with the harvest. I tidied and watered in the lean to and the greenhouse then weeded the runner bean trench and fed the beans. I was able to harvest enough beans for a dinner and pulled a few carrots, Autumn King, to go with them. Rob spent ages weeding in the fruit bed and it looked beautiful when it was finished.


I harvested a few decent beetroot for pickling and another couple of cougettes for who knows what. Finally we harvested some radishes, the last of the spring onions and a couple of butterhead lettuce. At home we have four cherries on the tree that are almost ripe. I keep checking them every day because I’m sure the ducks will pinch them as soon as they are ready.