Here we are on the ninth of the month and not a word written yet! May a busy month for most of us, a month when temperatures are on the rise and threats of frost are ever present, seedlings are galloping away and greenhouses getting ever fuller. The photo is of apple blossom on “Belle de Boskoop” a culinary apple which if left for picking until late December can be treated as a dessert apple. I have to say that I think that 2013 will be a bumper year for fruit in our garden, the apples are loaded with blossom mainly due to the intense cold of winter we endured in 2012 which has set the fruit buds very nicely thank you.
We have blueberries, gooseberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants that are full of blossom, just keeping our fingers crossed that Jack Frost keeps away until the fruit sets. Not such a rosy picture on the blackberry front, quite a few of our canes were badly damaged last year due to the very windy weather. They were fixed to the wall but due to the buffeting they received several canes were destroyed. A lesson learned for this year. As you can see, the blueberries are being well looked after !
The small amount of vegetables we grow are doing quite nicely, but more of that in later editions. The tomato greenhouse has been planted up with ten different varieties this year together with two cucumbers, these two species are not supposed to be compatible but I have been growing them for nearly twenty years in this way and no problems so far. Our smaller house will be accommodating chillies, sweet peppers and new to us ‘cucamelons’ Melothria scabra. My wife recently acquired a copy of James Wong’s “Homegrown Revolution”, a book which gives a new slant on vegetable growing as we know it. Cucamelons are a cross between a cucumber and a watermelon with a slight taste of lime but not much bigger that a grape ! Will keep an eye on this one.
We are rapidly approaching the time when we plant out all of our home raised hardy and half hardy annuals, most of these will be in pots to accompany our fuchsias, the wife’s passion. This year we have asters, dahlias, gazanias, calendula, cosmos and a whole host of bee attracting plants, more on this in the next bulletin.
As ever I am looking forward to Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day (GBBD) on the fifteenth of the month, I have a good quantity of blooms for May. I will close as I opened with a photo of my favourite blossom.