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We have probably grown too many sweet peas this year (if you can have too many). The seed was selected for scent and even though the flowers are mostly varying forms of white, the scent is amazing. Dotted around the house and in the vegetable garden (where they are growing), the perfume is amazing,...Continue reading
The lavender we have planted around the house is coming into flower. The bees are all over it. Honey bees and bumble bees, all going from bush to bush. Fantastic!...
Yesterday evening was glorious. Warm and sunny, the bees were still flying at 9:00pm! I took the opportunity to walk around the apiaries and feed some of the newly housed swarms....
The apricots are beginning to ripen and turn golden orange. This variety of apricot, ‘Tomcot’, is growing near the south facing wall of the former shippen (cow shed). This year is the first year it has fruited. Apricot trees take about 5 years from planting to produce fruit. This is spot on, as I...Continue reading
Just had a fantastic day at Gardeners World Live at the NEC near Birmingham. Spent far too much money, and there was only just enough room in the car for passengers for the return journey back to Devon....
On a dull rainy day, this rose is blooming away brightening up the garden. I planted this rose about 4 years ago to ramble through this old apple tree in the garden (I think the apple tree is a seedling, the tree produces apples only any good for cider or juicing). A couple of...Continue reading
Not an ideal weekend for picking elder flowers as it was raining. However, I was out picking elder flowers to make 25 liters of Elder Flower Champagne. They are now in a bucket with the sugar, lemon juice and rind, water yeast nutrient and yeast. Over the next couple of days, the yeast will...Continue reading
Swarm season is upon us and it has been quite a busy year so far! Honey Bee Swarm Season is normally in the months of May to June, and this year there seems to be a lot of bees looking for new places to live. As a Bee Keeper and registered swarm collector (See...Continue reading
Just taken the dog for a walk, and came across these drifts of wild flowers. Totally beautiful! A mixture of Cornflower, Ox-Eye Daisy and Poppies. Unfortunately, I could not claim that these were growing wild, as the drifts had been planted in a green space by housing developers on a new housing estate. Hopefully...Continue reading
I have a bumper crop of nectarines this year. Not ready to pick yet, but require a bit of attention. You may remember me fertilising the flowers back in early March, well now it is time to thin the fruitlets. To encourage bigger fruit and prevent overcropping, which can result in biannual crops, it...Continue reading