Rona's Garden

19 June 2011 | Posted in General by The Marshalls Family

Cherry TreeAfter 101 years we have experienced the driest spring in Cambridge. Don’t I know it, having tried to keep the plants well watered has been a nightmare.

However, the Sea Kale is finally showing signs of life; I had almost given up on it. My Hostas are in full flower (minus the slug damage), so there have definitely have been some benefits to this dry weather.

The bees in my garden have done very well, with every tree, and shrub laden with fruit and flowers. The Bee’s Mix Seed from last season grew perfectly and with the borage, clover and chives all flowering early it has provided the bees with an abundance of pollen and nectar.

Sweet PeasUnfortunately, the cherry got blackfly and there seems to be no hoverflies or earwigs to help. No rain meant the fruit is very small going red and falling off a very stressed cherry tree.

The Physalis (cape gooseberry) has been the seed to drive me to distraction. At the third attempt it has only just started to germinate. Unless summer carries on until November, I really can’t see it being of any use. I guess I will win some and lose some.

This years Sweet Peas have been stunning and the perfume is heavenly. We have grown them on a new style of support which we weren’t too sure about, but it has been very successful.


20 June 2011 - Chris Cooke Wrote:

For what it's worth, I note that in one of his books Bob Flowerdew suggests that it is best to grow Cape Gooseberries as a perennial, overwintering the plants (or cuttings taken from them) somewhere warm and starting in growth in the spring for an early crop. I shall be giving this method a try myself.

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