iris

This flower has just become a favourite May flower-the Bearded Iris, Celebration Song. I love this old ladyish colour combination of soft apricot and lavender blue and the startling tangerine “beard”, and it has a strong but  indescribable perfume too.

If I had a huge garden there would be a border filled with these and lavenders-a soft, girly pastel border to enjoy whilst wearing cotton summer frocks and drinking Pimms. Today it was jeans, a fleece and a cup of tea! And there’s just the one plant.

I have told its story in paint on the other blog

shooting stars

The sky was quite clear last night, and just before eleven o’ clock we caught a glimpse of a shooting star, bright, brief and beautiful, part of the August astronomical firework display known as the Perseids. These meteors are debris from the comet Swift Tuttle and when they hit the Earth’s atmosphere at approximately 140,000mph they disintegrate in flashes of light. Wonderful to catch a glimpse of them.

No photograph I’m afraid, but I did glimpse these botanical shooting stars at the local National Trust garden yesterday.

The planting here was still looking fresh despite the long dry summer, but this last few days we have had enough rain to make the grass grow again, and at home I have sown some vegetable seeds for the autumn. The ground should soon be workable again. I have put in late sowings of rocket and lettuce, as well as mizuna and pak choi. This afternoon I will plant some Japanese onion seeds to produce small plants to overwinter, and some French beans to see if I can catch a late crop.

It has been a challenging season-when isn’t it?-but on the whole reasonably successful. The drier weather has meant fewer blights, but slightly smaller yields of potatoes. The onions have done well, the celeriac failed and ran to seed.  Unwatered carrots, beetroot and parsnips are flavourful but less succulent than they might be. But the pumpkins! HUGE! The first season I have succeeded. There will be pictures, and a catch up with the no-dig experiment. How has your growing season been?

I hope to be a bit more present here in the next few weeks as the weather changes, but it surely has been a glorious summer.