Some late colour and another Gift

Just taking this opportunity to write a post. It’s Granddaughters day, so after printing on t’shirts this morning and helping to lop some wayward branches off the Medlar, Mr Malc has taken the girls to the allotment to get them off their screens !

So with a little peace and quiet I thought I would show a few more pictures of the garden.


The Apricot has started to bear fruit. After a very good start with the blossom, then the June drop, I have ended up with aboutΒ  a dozen apricots. I am quite pleased with this, they are large, looking ripe but not quite.


After our trip to N’ Wales and our stop off at Crug Farm Plants we arrived home and I couldn’t wait to find homes for some of my treasures. This one being Roscoea purpurea f. rubra Gurkha RedStem, I don’t think I have ever seen a red Roscoea before and it is going to be quite a strong plant.


These are the fattening buds of Bomarea boliviensis , this is a non climbing bomarea with pink and green trumpets. I will post a picture as soon as they open properly. Crug Farm Plants.

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Gladiolous Papilio ‘Ruby’. Bought in 2012 from Elizabeth MacGregor, when planted it immediately broke into lots of small bulbs, so this is the first time they have been mature enough to flower. Boy what a stunner, it was worth the wait. Several stems and still lots of immature bulbs.


Now I’ve always had a liking for Thalictrum and when in flower whatever the type I can never pot enough up to sell. This is a new one for me, it being a very large flower, Thalictrum delavayi BWJ7770. Grown from seed collected by Bleddyn Wynn – Jones in 2000 from Yunnan China. Crug Farm Plants.

This is one plant I would love to see seed around.


This is another Thalictrum from Crug 2013. A very tiny flower short well branched deep purple stems, looking very stiff compared to any other I have. Thalictrum BSWJ4946.

Last Sunday I had a walk with Mr Malc to the allotment, I was really pleased I did, nearly every plot that was cultivated had some kind of flower or flowers growing on it.


A very colourful walk.


Mr Malc’s sunflowers ‘Black Magic’ doing very well thank you, I’m growing these at home and they are about as thick as a garden cane… 😦


Some extra tomato plants were put into the pepper house and are doing really well, Marmande. We have been cropping tomato from the other greenhouse for a month or more.


The peppers are also doing well, we just need a bit more sun to ripen them.


Cabbages, Kale and Brussels sprouts are looking the best we have seen for a few years now, no sign of club root.


And the sweet corn ! That’s a crop we are really looking forward to.


Now at home I grow a few measly Cosmos, but here we have ten, yes ten plants. I have had bunches and bunches bought home for me for at least six to eight weeks now. So I won’t bother growing them at home anymore.


This is my little plot that I put some bi-annuals in earlier in the year. These were all grown from seed this spring soΒ  no -way was I expecting any of these to flower before I lifted them for next year, but here we have Delphinium, Hollyhock and Lupins. So do you think they are worth lifting next year or do you think I am wasting my time and they won’t flower again ? Who knows….


Now this is our gift. Our neighbour has a friend who was clearing his parents house out. Apparently they were bigger hoarders than me, so when asked, would we like one of three benches that they had found in a shed, we said ‘mmm let us think’…no we didn’t, we said yes please and after a quick clean and a rub down, a spot of black paint on the rivets and legs we have a very nice bench. Thank you Mr T’s friend.

Here’s hoping for a bit more sun to ripen all of our fruit and veg and whatever you are doing in your gardens at this time of year, please take time out to sit on your bench and take in all the beautiful sights and smells….. Sue



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11 responses to “Some late colour and another Gift

  1. Life is good – granddaughters visiting, gorgeous flowers everywhere you look, and delicious veggies to eat. Everything is beautiful, and I love the Cosmos and the Black Magic Sunflowers. πŸ™‚


  2. Wow – hasn’t Mr Malc done well on the allotment?! Why do you think there is such a difference with the sunflowers and cosmos? I would hope your delphinium and lupin would come aqain next year, bar slug banquets, hollyhock too I expect. I have been looking out for one of the shorter thalictrum with the purple flowers after getting rid of my huge yellow flowered one – the only one of mine that seemed to seed around was the native meadow rue which I am now struggling to get rid off, but I WILL, sometime… πŸ˜‰


  3. diversifolius

    How I envy you for all these treasures! That’s the only red Roscoea known and apparently doesn’t set seeds (but maybe it will in your garden πŸ™‚ and all the Thalictrums! But I wouldn’t say no to a gifted bench either πŸ™‚


    • Thanks for your comment, I thought the roscoea was unusual. I’d looked at it in an old catalogue of Crugs and marked it a WANT, so when I got there I asked if they had one. He said not on the sales area but he went in the poly tunnel and found one with buds on it … to cherish I think. Just hope it bulks up well. One can never have enough seating in the garden … πŸ™‚


  4. You have such a variety in your garden and allotment. The allotments look so lovely with all the flowers. Why wouldn’t the lupins and delphineums flower again? I love the bench. We had an old one and the wood was getting black and streaky (it was only a cheap pine one) and we painted it with Cuprinol shades and it has been a great success. Amelia


    • I was wondering about the L and D’s with them being biennial and possibly short lived. I couldn’t understand why they had flowered in the first year, I thought that was going to be a bad sign. Anyway I have spaces for them in the autumn and I will keep my fingers crossed. I love painted furniture, especially indoors. I think every room in the house has something that I have painted or white washed with emulsion. It gets a bit addictive but it’s cheaper than buying new. Most of my furniture was bought in the late 80’s early 90’s and the pine went really orange, so I didn’t think I was ruining it as we didn’t like it anyway. And I have to say that my whole house is French inspired. :-). It’s good to recycle as you have with your bench. πŸ™‚

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