The weather has warmed up at last and everything is finally outside where it should be. The warmth and the rain has meant quite rapid growth and some things coming to the end of their flowering season.
The potatoes are doing wonderfully well, so are the two tubs of onions. I've just sown more carrot seeds in the long tub behind the potatoes, the other tub will be sown in a few weeks' time. The two pots on the pillars are finally planted with the summer bedding now that the geraniums have arrived and been hardened off.
This side of the balcony has the parsnips and carrots doing well in the long tubs. There were a few gaps where one or two seeds failed to come through so I've popped a few radish seeds in and they've started to come up too. We have quite a few strawberries now formed in the tall two tier planters and they're looking nice and healthy too.
The four tomatoes plants look a bit sad, I don't think they really liked being moved from their lovely warm home in the sun room but we do have a fair few fruits on them so they should be alright. Also up on the balcony we have one pot planted with radishes coming through nicely and the salad leaves are going great guns. They're all "cut and come again" type leaves and we've had a few meals from them already, very nice too! I wont mention the leeks, they're pathetic!
So, down in the garden we have the fuschia with lots of flower buds, the Armeria Maritima (Alba and Sea Pink) flowering nicely, some bedding begonia I've popped into some gaps and I've also planted a few dwarf lupin seeds at the back of this bed.
The Salvia Hot Lips is looking lovely, I can't wait to see the pretty red and white flowers on this plant, the Lobelia Cardinalis with it's dark red leaves is coming on - it still has a long way to go as it is a late summer flower and will eventually be about 3' high (slugs love this so we have to keep an eye on it). The allium are looking like big beautiful purple pom poms and I love them but they are just about to pass their best. The fushcia is a hardy type which has the smallish red flowers but not much sign of them yet. We did hard prune this last year and it looks so much better for it.
The two hostas in the pots are doing so well, the one on the left has six flower stalks and the one on the right has 13. They should look wonderful when in flower. The bedding begonia in the long tubs are at last starting to grow but even this small there are some flowers on them. The red rose behind (hard pruned last year) looks healthy and has some buds on, another fushcia - again pruned last year, and the lillies are looking good too.
The miniature rhodedendron is in flower, also the miniature fuschia, more lovely allium, the clump of montbretia is filling out nicely and on the right is a Christmas Rose which was a poor pathetic weakling being sold off at the local garden centre at the end of last year which I took pity on. It's took a while but it's looking healthy now.
My beautiful arum lily which the frost (very rare around here) almost killed off. I'm glad to say it's survived and is now flowering nicely. I don't think we'll have such a good show this year but at least we've still got it. To the right of it there's a rhubarb plant which we've just had our first pickings from, there's a sprout seedling growing nicely in there too and a couple of onions where I filled a gap.
The corkscrew hazel is very happy in it's new home and is growing like crazy, there are some oriental poppies growing nicely just behind it to the left and to the right are the dwarf sunflowers. The gooseberry bush could do with growing a bit (or am I too impatient?) so I've dug in a bit of feed to encourage it, some more onions to fill up a space and then the gladioli.
The big old urn now has all it's summer bedding plants, then there's more gladioli, some dwarf lupins in front, aptenia (creeping ground cover plant) to the right, cranesbill geranium, paeony then Lobelia Scarlet and Cinnabar Rose in the corner (more tall lobelia). Cherry tomatoes are in the two black pots, again I don't think they liked being moved from their snug home in the sun room but they're alive and growing.
The runner beans aren't too happy, the flowers had started to die off before we could put it outside so not many were pollinated. We have one tiny bean on but hope to get a few more from the remaining flowers. I've popped another four beans in the pot so hopefully they'll appear soon.The gorgeous Blue Moon rose in the pot has lots of buds and some are starting to open. This should be a lovely lilac flower but the buds are a dark dusky pink, it will be interesting to see what they're like when they open up. The perfume is absolutely gorgeous, a good old fashioned rose perfume - one to definitely buy if you like a rose to smell lovely!
No I didn't plant this!!! I couldn't resist, this is Tilly who managed to find a shady little spot yesterday afternoon. She was having a rest from chasing the wild rabbits who live near the yacht compound although she did bring home a mouse later on as a present for Mommy but as I didn't want it she ended up playing with it - alas I don't think it got away.
Finally the peppers in the sun room are doing really well. They're loaded with fruit at varying stages of growth with still lots more to come. I can't wait until they start to turn red.
That's about it for now. Don't forget to click on the photos if you want a better view.