Saturday, 30 May 2009

planting out

Viewing the garden
from the new patio

A bee on a rose

The vegetable garden

All those cold wet Saturdays spent in the potting shed, sowing seeds, pricking out, listening to the football, potting on and wishing your little plants to prosper are finally rewarded. Yes it's Cup Final Saturday, the sun is shining and the garden is alive with bird song and spring colour. The move from May to June signals an end to the risk of late frosts and a cue to get planting. Summer bedding starting to feel pot bound can be given freedom to grow and flourish. All those tender veg plants desperate to produce food, can fill the vegetable beds.

As the garden birds busily ferry food to their young and the bees buzz by, it is a good time to sit back and take stock of what's happening and enjoy the promise of what is yet to come.

Summer bedding planted out: zinnia, sweetpeas, rubekia, salvia, marigolds and geraniums.

Vegetables planted in the kitchen garden: courgettes, sweetcorn, cucumbers, aubergines, broccoli, sweet peppers, chili peppers, and a range of tomatoes.

More garden photos here - Flickr


  1. Now I can stop looking out the window in the evening, wondering if the plants are going to tough it out, or whine at the frost. In June that can be replaced by wondering what is creating those suspicious little holes in the leaves. :)
    I like the blue underplanting around the roses, a pretty combination.

  2. It is good to be past frost and able to set your sites on what is to be. I also grow tomatoes, what varieties are in your garden?

  3. I also have a kitchen garden and a small rose garden.I think roses are the most beautiful flower whether it is a red,white or pink one and i love my rose garden more then my kitchen garden because flowers looks more beautiful then vegetables.the most effective quality of flowers is that u can express your feelings to your loved ones by giving them flowers without saying 2much so my opinion is 2grow flowers and gift flowers....but anyways i loved your kitchen garden.

  4. Thanks for the comments.

    Northern Shade: the blue under planting is Geranium (Johnson's Blue) but to be honest the photo angle is deceptive - they're planted quite a way from the rose. By the way the rose is an unknown, I'm in the process of tracing its name.

    Avis: this year I'm growing garden perl (cherry in a hanging basket), golden sunrise, super marmande and alicante. Next year I'm hoping to try some heritage varieties.

    sue: kitchen gardens are great but as you say flowers are lovely too. I'm happy to have a mix of both.

  5. Your garden is lovely. Thank you for the inspiring photos and posts.

  6. This is lovely garden as always, I’m impatient for lusher greenery, particularly since these pups are so visible in my living area. Someday soon I’ll pop in some more established plants.

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