Heatwave Harvest

The Gribin Isaf weather station hit 32 degrees today

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Time for some cool as a courgette lunch

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with broad beans

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Perfect inside

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with our own peas (still waiting for the tomatoes)

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plus our lettuce, raspberries and elderflower champagne

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Shift Feeding

One of our bird feeders is monitored by a camera and towards the end of the afternoon there is a regular routine.

5:21 pm and it is squirrel time – a juvenile today

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5:23 pm and it is the turn of the juvenile Woodpecker

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5:35 pm and the Wood Pigeon juggernaut lands

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6:19 pm is Jay time – another juvenile

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Who knows what arrives after dark.

We Live in The Land of Plenty

Behind the Door of Plenty

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is much Bountifulness

Sometimes in the past we have suffered dropped Aubergine flowers. trying hard this year to get the watering right plus a bit of paintbrush tickling. Looking good so far

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Chillies are less precocious but they will need a lot of hot sun

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Borage is burgeoning

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We have tried very hard to keep up succession sowing of Lettuce this year and managed to keep it going to use the outside beds as well us the tunnels

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This means that lunch every day looks like this

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Peas

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of many colours

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and more to come

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If all the flowers on this spray of Idli tomatoes turn into fruit…

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We are growing eight varieties this year – Chocolate Cherry, Ailsa Craig, Black Opal, Ildi, Rosella, Shirley, Sungold, Sweet Aperitif

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Runner Beans on the up

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Cabbage doing what Cabbage does

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Broad Beans ready soon

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Of course, we have too many Courgette plants

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Nasturtiums for garnish

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Cucumbers rising

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Strawberries everywhere

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Coriander always ready

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Tarragon too

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Not looking like a good year for Apples after a bumper crop last

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Plums look ok

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Currents, soon to be Red

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And ones already Black

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ready for fermenting

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Berries, soon to be Blue

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Squash swelling

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Celeriac

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Raspberries trying to escape

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Caught them

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July Jewels

Some little treasures spotted around the plot today.

It is the colour of this rose that is special to us and this year it is producing more blooms than ever

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This one might not be as accessible to insects but it certainly packs in the petals

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The male Chaser turns up every year and sits on the stump waiting for a female

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The Golden-ringed dragonfly seems to prefer thistles

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It is a good year for thistles – including the white ones

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Ox-Eye Daisies are dominating in the Orchard meadow this year but the Poppies are getting a look in

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together with one solitary Cornflower

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No problem with insect access here

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And the closer you look, the more marvels you see

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Electrifying the compost

It is three months since The Dowdings neared completion

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and time for the first turning

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These are of course multi-purpose compost bins

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including tool store and eighteen square metres of rain collecting roof.

With rain in short supply at the moment and The Lake looking rather low

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it is just a matter of moving the water 150 metres down there.

Gravity is on our side but a bit of captured sunlight

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A bit on intelligent energy store

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and a couple of wires

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lets’ a pump give things a bit of a boost

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and off it goes

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First down to the duck butt

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and onward under the meadow through a pipe we put down a few years ago

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and out into The Lake

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These irises will be happier

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June Acceleration Part 3: The Blue and The Purple

If June so far has been a bright swathe of Yellow and Green punctuated with White fluffy bits then plants that can manage Blue make themselves stand out

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in this case the Ceanothus behind the Lake

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Also happily in that location is a burst of Green Alkanet

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Happily that is for us – it has also put down roots below one of the polytunnels and never ceases to arise and invade the vegetable beds.

Here it can roam as much as it likes

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As we remarked the other day, the flavours in the meadow change each year. Right now there seems to be more luscious patches of Clover than in the past

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Not sure how we feel about this as we are trying to reduce nitrogen there.

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Sure it will work out ok once the Yellow Rattle has finished its root sucking – that too is more widespread than ever this year.

The Comfrey is starting to flower, to the delight of this bee

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We have pea flowers in a range of whites, blues and purples. Wonder if this will be reflected in the colour of the peas.

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The Orange Tips are enjoying the Aubretia

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There is always a bit of sadness looking at a Lilac in full bloom (How many plants have a name which is also a colour?)

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It is not complete without dozens of Peacocks, Tortoiseshells and Red Admirals.

The Wisteria on the front of the house died last year (it has been replaced but it will take time to cover the same area) The Clematis has expanded to take advantage of the extra space

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This Iris moves us back from Purple to Blue

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To end with with the Rhododendron

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Like the Green Alkanet, very nice in its place

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June Acceleration Part 2: The White

We are looking for the pause button on June, or at least the slo-mo setting that makes it last for, oh ever…

There is a hedgeline on land near us which has grown into a row of mature trees and right now the Rowan and Hawthorn have have turned it into a wall of White.

Looking at one of our Hawthorns

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we can see how the blossoms cover the branches, completely covering the leaves

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our bees are happy.

The high light of June casts sharp shadows

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and emphasises the secret shady places

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Our orchard mini-meadow, where this tulip flowers

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is so vibrant that some of last year’s seed have migrated to a hard gravel path next to a shed. This Ox-eye daisy is currently about five feet tall and still going up

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Promise of peas

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More white blossom

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Claire is a Speckled (with White) Sussex and is proving an excellent mother (again)

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and our Silver Fox rabbits really show off their Silver in the June sun

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