Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Haddock's et al.



It's a start.

The first lot of Tomatoes are in, the red Onions are looking good, and I have planted out those long thin peppers that I love so much.

We still have a copious supply of perpetual Spinach, which I am loth to grub-up, and another row has already been sown. Everyone should grow this stuff; wonderful!

The Cauli' and Calabrese plants haven't grown much (probably because it's so dry), but they'll romp once we have some rain.

The Tayberries are looking very good, and all of my 'scrumped' soft fruit suckers seem to have taken.


There are plenty of flowers about. This mix of Wisteria and Clematis is on the 'tower'.

All in all, I'm happy with the state of play. A lot more still to do, but everything from now on is pure pleasure!




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    1. It's a start. Very dry here; we need rain.

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    2. Same here - due to arrive at the weekend.

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  2. I love when you post photos of "The Tower" covered with beautiful flowers.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. The flowers have gone crazy this year.

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  3. The flowery cover on the tower is gorgeous. Haddock's looking good. Have a good growing season

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    1. Can't wait to start harvesting. The first should be the Calabrese, but they are very slow so far.

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  4. I think the rain will arrive at the weekend. I like your mix of clematis and wisteria.

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    1. They go well together. It says 'light rain' for the weekend; I wonder what that means? Probably 'no rain'!

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  5. I can nearly hear the bees humming in the clematis and Wisteria. You too have been a very busy bee getting Haddocks ready for the season.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. I managed to keep Haddock's pretty weed-free, and dug over, through the winter. It's been quite painless this Spring.

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  6. While it may be dry, things are looking very green and lush.

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    1. We've only just had our leaves, so they're all young and fresh.

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  7. Lovely flowers, amazingly green the grass, and food growing! Here it's another battle with the ivy and collecting cones. They are good for heating in winter. But first to get the summer tyres on the van.

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    1. Our Parason Pines have been dropping cones. I'm keeping the seeds for extracting a few Pine Kernels. Maybe we'll have enough to make our own Pesto!

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    2. Umbrella pines are one of my favourite trees.

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    3. I planted two, one of which will probably have to be felled (it's in the wrong place). They are beautiful trees.

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  8. you're very dry...we're very wet, and cold...we need a happy medium! I haven't started spring planting,let alone sowing outside

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    1. It really is dry here, we're promised some rain for the weekend, but their promises aren't always fulfilled.

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  9. The fleurs are stunning! Nice looking soil you have there for your patch, too. I understand it's quite a fiddle to shell pinenuts, hence their high price.

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    1. I haven't tried yet, but I imagine a hammer will do the job. No doubt it'll take a while to fill a thimble with them!

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  10. I am always in awe of your beautiful Wisteria and Clematis. Magnificent!

    My veg garden is set up like yours but only a quarter the size. I also have not planted anything yet because even though it is finally warm, I can not trust Mother Nature and will wait till May. Hopefully, she will not have any more surprises for us.

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    1. Traditionally we risk frosts until mid-May, but I cross my fingers and pray. I keep a lot of big old plastic pots up at Haddock's in readiness for a frost warning. Any risk and I cover everything fragile over night.

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  11. It all looks great, especially the clematis. It is still to cold here to get started.

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    1. It's turned much colder here today... I'm almost thinking of returning to long trousers!

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  12. Cold here today on the east coast. You are about three weeks ahead of us with the wisteria.

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    1. Cold here today too. Longs back on. Planted out the Peppers and Aubergines today. All doing well (fingers crossed).

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  13. I'd love to have a poly-tunnel to create some heat so that I could grow things but I think that's just a pipe-dream now.

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    1. I sometimes think the same, it would be much easier to manage watering, bugs, diseases, etc.

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