Scenes from the garden in July

Last month I posted some scenes from our cosy little garden in early June. I thought I’d make a monthly feature of it, because it’s amazing how much it’s changed since my last post. I’ve been working in the garden a lot this month – that is, working on my laptop, not gardening! So when I get tired of writing I enjoy looking round the garden and seeing what’s new.

With the weather so hot and lovely, we’ve been enjoying a fair few barbecues in the evenings. My old one bit the dust – or rather the rust – so we got a new one.

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Since my last post, a woodpigeon comes in several times a day for a drink from the pond. He used to bring his wife, as pictured here, but we haven’t seen her for a while so I don’t know what happened there.

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Towards the end of last month the brambles produced these beautiful flowers. I love their delicate shade of pink and crumpled, fragile texture.

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It wasn’t long before the petals disappeared and the fruits started to grow. Unfortunately I’m not fond of the taste of blackberries, but I love them nonetheless; it reminds me of when we were little and spending all our time at the stables. We used to pick blackberries and take them to the owner of the stableyard as a present, staining our hands in the process. It feels quite early for blackberries; in my head I associate them with September. But I’ve checked and apparently July to October is normal!

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The tomato plants are also now growing fruits, though none of them have turned red yet.

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The strawberry plant has been a bit of a disappointment. It grew a few very small strawberries, but they didn’t grow to much and trails of slime revealed that a slug got to them before they had a chance to develop into fully-fledged fruits. However, the plant has sprouted a couple of runners, and, on a friend’s advice, I’ve put these on two little pots of soil in the hope that they will grow roots and I’ll have three plants by next year.

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The onions are starting to look a lot more oniony now. They won’t have room to grow massive in this pot, but I’m scared to move them (and don’t have time), so I think they’ll be more like shallots by the time I pick them.

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It’s hard to imagine that I grew the courgettes from seeds, as they now look like this. The flowers have come out in the last couple of days and there will soon be little courgettes growing at the base of them. I’ve been astonished at how quickly these plants have grown – so fast that you could see they looked visibly bigger at the end of the day than they did at the beginning.

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The rose bush flowered and was absolutely covered in beautifully fragranced blooms, which then sent petals all over the grass, turning it white as snow.

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Various poppies have sprung up and flowered around the garden. They only seem to flower one at a time. We didn’t plant these, so they’re always a nice surprise. Those little seed pods should be doing the job of planting some more for us before too long, ready for next year.

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These are some more flowers I’ve grown from seeds. They’re Nigella, or ‘Love in a Mist’.

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Another random poppy that we didn’t plant, with a backdrop of more Nigella.

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This little patch of garden is one I’ve let grow wild into a sort of wildflower meadow. I sent off for free wildflower seeds from Countryfile to fill a spare square of earth, and they’re just starting to flower. Doing my bit for the butterflies and bees!

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I’ve saved the real gem for last: the waterlilies. These are just stunning, and I can’t take an ounce of credit for them. These beautiful flowers simply pop up from beneath the surface of the pond one day each summer and then spend the following weeks opening and closing throughout the day. There are three or four of them and they are easily the most photogenic thing in the garden.

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Hopefully by my next post I’ll have some nice red tomatoes to show off. Fingers crossed the slugs don’t get to those too!

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