Hope and Plums

In all the wedding cake, hope is the sweetest of the plums.

Douglas Jerrold

Despite the temperature and wind, a lone Peacock toughed it out in the garden this morning. I’m sure there would have been more if we’d had more time, but we could only manage a flying visit. Julia was taking a group for someone else at the main building and we had to be there for nine.

While Julia had a word with the school caretaker I took the chance to take some photos. These include the fruit and some of the beds. I took the fruit because it’s a nice thing to photograph (and some of it is just starting to ripen). The beds are quite good too, with some of the grasses now starting to show well.

I’m taking them as reference shots to help Julia with her garden planning. Now the mint has been cleared by one of the volunteers (too soon in my opinion) they are looking a bit bare, and devoid of pollinators. Apart from that I’m doing nothing – Julia can work out what happens next.

It’s going to be very interesting as the seasons come round, as we need to see what bulbs are planted.

In truth nothing much needs doing as it’s a well established garden with plenty of provision for wildlife, but there’s always something needing to be done. They look white and green from the photos but there is lavender in there and a few remaining orange lilies with scattered evening primrose.

Soon we will be picking fruit and collecting manure for the rhubarb beds. The rhubarb has been a bit week this year, a sure sign it needs feeding as it’s always known as a “hungry crop” by ancient gardeners leaning on spades.

When we fed the rhubarb on the farm we ended up with a rhubarb jungle, so watch this space for further news.


17 thoughts on “Hope and Plums

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  2. Lavinia Ross

    Beautiful butterfly, and fruit, Quercus! I love this time of year for all the good things coming in from the garden. The excessive heat I could without, though.

  3. jeffpermie

    I’ve just recently made a nice Marrow and Plum Jam, I will post it sometime soon when I get the chance so keep an eye out, I will try remember to message you once it is up 🙂

  4. Helen

    The garden looks great to me!

    Before I got my rhubarb crown a farmer warned me that rhubarb is ‘very greedy’. Usually I put compost on twice a year, but this year the summer feed is liquid from the bokashi. It seems to be working 😊.


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