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July is here!


In 10 days time we will have lived in our new home for 5 months! We are really enjoying this very quiet spot. It’s far more quiet than our old country home in Scotland as we no longer have a road in front of us. Only the little access for our neighbours. There are Red Kites to watch overhead and a Nightingale and Owls to enjoy in the evenings, as well as all the blackbirds, Robins etc. The dreaded slugs still haven’t found the Hostas, and I think when they do I’m going to put the dog hair from Willow around them and peg it down. I bet they won’t like that! And we certainly have plenty to spare!

So, here are some photos from this morning. I’m doing the weeding today, which isn’t too much of a chore, and breaking up the clay lumps as I go. It’s not heavy work, and a couple of hours is all I need. It’s not as cold as yesterday, but overcast and a bit grey. Hey ho. I can’t do anything about that.

I have one baby tomato so far and a few buds on the courgettes. A Persimmon tree which I bought in an online sale arrived bare root, very late in the spring and has been a stick in a pot since. But Halleluia, it is growing!

Anyway, thank you for looking in!

My first outdoor tomato!

Tiny courgette buds

I know…it two tiny buds. But Ai’m excited to be growing a Japanese Persimmon tree!

The Fig has begun its ‘fence training’

One of a pair of Lemon trees which I plan to grow indoors during the winter.

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Time flies, doesn't it, Karen. Your plants will son be mingling.

2 Jul, 2024


Karen, you and Scott have worked wonders with the gardens in that time. Everything looks so fresh and healthy ... let's hope for some more sunny days ahead for you to enjoy being outdoors.

2 Jul, 2024


Thanks Angela and Shirley! Xx

2 Jul, 2024


You have made a beautiful courtyard garden Karen in such a short time! Where you are sounds to be in a lovely spot too. I've not seen red kites here, but plenty of buzzards on a warm sunny day.
I'm interested to see how the Persimmon comes along..

9 Jul, 2024


The garden is coming on a treat now Karen and so glad I have at least found some of the members blogs.
I only get on to the site through google, but still can't get the news.
I am not sure where you are now, but it must be a treat to see red kites.

12 Jul, 2024


We are in Shaftesbury, Dorset. I think when the Red Kites were released, it was done in secret. I’m not sure how long ago. But it is wonderful to see them. Very special. There is also a Nightingale in the woodland. This week we have been visited by a Wren, so it just gets better and better!

13 Jul, 2024


Karen, I share your happiness about the birds as we have been watching lots of Sparrows, a baby Robin, many Finches and Tits this morning ... :o)

14 Jul, 2024


It all looks amazing Karen, I've enjoyed following it all come together as I did with your previous gardens, I remember telling you that it wouldn't take you long...

14 Jul, 2024


I was visited by a baby blackbird in my washing basket this morning Karen!
I took it down the garden to mum and closed the gate..:))

17 Jul, 2024

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