Sunday, 24 July 2011
A lot of farms have little or no flower gardens - or even vegetable plots. I suppose when a farmer has been working the land all day the last thing he wishes to do in the evening is work the garden .Luckily that is not true of this farmer who particularly enjoys his vegetable garden and takes great pride in picking the crops. When the peas are ready he will sit all morning podding them and then I will switch on our second freezer and freeze them for Winter; the same goes for broad beans and runner beans.
With the flower garden it is a slightly different matter. Friends who farm always say that their flower garden gets a "good do" in the Spring and then has to look after itself until the Autumn. I must say it always looks lovely when I go to see it, mainly because it is so closely planted that there is hardly room for a weed to grow.
This morning, having a couple of hours to spare and a lovely morning with it, the farmer and I both worked in our front garden all morning, I mainly cut back things which have taken over. Our clematis montana has used one of the climbing roses as a rambling post so it took me a long time to cut that back. Also the roses have almost finished their first bloom, apart from one old bush which is absolutely covered in blossom, so they needed cutting back to give them time to flower again before the Autumn. Then a good feed while the ground is a bit damp and that has given them a boost which I am sure they needed. Meanwhile the farmer did more strenuous jobs like digging up difficult weeds and trying to fight back the columbine (always a losing battle). Three barrow-loads later the garden was looking a little tidier and we were both feeling pleased with ourselves.
With silaging coming up there will be little time to work in it again for a few weeks, so it was a job well done. I have taken a few photographs so that you get some idea of what is flowering at the moment.
The plants are - the rose still flowering abundantly (don't know its name),crocosmia Lucifer, a very late forget-me-not hiding under a leaf, a Japanese anemone, a semi-wild sweet pea with a lovely scent, a poppy (self seeded), and Ligularia (much beloved of slugs and snails).
The weather here is beautiful today - just right - and I am going to try my home-made Frozen Yoghourt sweet at tea-time as a healthy alternative to ice cream.
The farmer's verdict will decide whether I make any more or not!