Etched Behind Eyelids | June 2024

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My hoya Bella flowered. This was my first hoya to bloom for me, it was a very exciting moment!

One of the allotment cats. He’s a very friendly show off. Seconds after I captured this photo of him he fell off the water butt because he was performing a roly-poly to invite head pats and lost his balance.

Foxgloves in the woods up at Sutton Park one midsummer evening.

Anaphalis at Winterbourne. I am growing this on our allotment in one of our perennial herb and flower beds, but as I have started it from seed I don’t expect flowers until next summer.

Winterbourne holds the national anthemis collection. I always love visiting when they’re in full flower.

I see faces, do you too? I love that the gardeners have grown rambling roses up this old tree.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens have a really good rose garden.

My hoya Rebecca flowered too.

Gustave enjoying the sunshine whilst some of my houseplants take a summer holiday on the balcony. There are usually a load of pots where he’s lying, I think he was enjoying the opportunity to bask in the best light!

The Sutton Park ponies.

As always, these photos were taken with a long lens and I made sure not to corner or crowd them whilst they grazed.

Another allotment cat. This one lives with the family who tend this plot, as they have a house on the street with a gate out onto the allotments. Their cats often join them whilst they garden.

The first harvest of summer. Blackfly got our broad beans but I didn’t do anything about it as I knew that if I left them to it, the ladybirds and hoverflies would use the broad beans as a host plant. Sure enough, we now have a healthy population of predatory insects and, so far our French beans and second sowing of broad beans are pristine, no pest damage. We got a small crops of beans from the plants, so not all was lost.

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  1. wideeyedtree says:

    Oh, all those beautiful flowers! And your first harvest looks just perfect! I sowed so many peas this year, but is was not a pea year sadly, the plants stayed very small, bloomed early and withered fast. I tried different places in the garden to see if I had done something wrong, but it was everywhere the same. I love peas very much! Especially picked fresh and eaten raw. Maybe I will plant some snapdragon flowers in the freed-up spots, let’s see 🙂 Have a lovely evening and take good care of yourself! Sending much love!

    • Stephanie says:

      Oh I like the idea of planting snapdragons! I tried to grow some in the spring but I seem to struggle with germinating very small seeds, they just stalled in our cold and overcast conditions and failed to thrive. I will try again in the autumn as I’ve read they’re a good contender for autumn sowing. Our peas were a struggle, too. The first lot I sowed didn’t come to much, and we have had barely any sugar snaps whereas last year they did really well. Our full sized peas have done well, but I did sow far more than I needed in order to get a crop. It’s interesting how some years are just good years for certain vegetables and other years aren’t, and there’s no obvious reason why. Thank you, it is very satisfying to harvest something you’ve grown yourself isn’t it? Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and write to me!

  2. wideeyedtree says:

    I think it really mainly is the weather condition/temperatures that makes the most influence. Because in all those years I treat the soil relatively the same and also how I handle watering. And still the differences are huge from year to year in certain plants. Yes, indeed, it’s very satisfying to harvest from the plants you care for all season long. I still love blogs so much, the pace of it, everything! I will happily visit as long as they will exist 🙂 Much love, dear friend!

    • Stephanie says:

      It’s reassuring for me to hear that you experience huge variations too, as you’re more experienced than me so have more years to compare. I love blogs too and wish that they’d make a proper comeback. I know substack and newsletters are popular at the moment but I love hobby blogs written by people who just want to share their passions and connect, and substack blogs can feel quite commercial at times. I’m glad you keep yours still, and a few others do too. Like you I just love the pace and depth of it, and that blogging feels more personal (than Instagram) these days.

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