How does your garden grow?

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Spreckly
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Not heard the term "rewilding". I certainly do not wish that to happen to my garden, apart from a small wild area under the plum and apple trees, where I have hyacinths, primroses, cowslips, ox eye daisies, aconites and ragged robin. We planted all of the flowers several years ago.

My rasps are little white buds, could do with some decent rain, and the strawberries are very white, thanks to all the surrounding weeds!
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Bad year for soft fruit - no strawberries at all, possibly choked by the buttercups which grew amongst them. The rasps did nothing either.

Last week, the gardener who helps out every few months came, and strimmed the strawberry/buttercup patch down completely, removed the grass, and other weeds, so the vegetable patch is no longer an eyesore. It really upset me to see it so overgrown, after the years it had yielded our veg. Hopefully now it can be kept under control

My tubs and hanging baskets have been poor this summer, partly due to dry weather, and my inability to lift a watering can. The roses, and lilies however have and are doing really well. I have a Jackmanii clematis which is a picture, and to my relief my Old Glory rose, which I have had for many years is flowering, after I cut it right back when my son installed a new trellis. I thought I had killed it off.

Despite weedkilling the drive and rear gravel area, four times this year, the weeds have been worse than I have ever experienced. I have gone out and done small sessions of removing some handfuls, but the gardener applied a stronger solution last week, and I am so hoping to see the end of them.

The council no longer cut the grass verges right back and there is a healthy crop of willow herb, which is not helping!
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Weeds. Tell me about it. I've been struggling too. A session today on the brambles before the Green Bin is emptied tomorrow.

I've dug my potatoes, some have been badly hollowed out by slugs, and I couldn't get the variety I wanted.

Picked the last of the Czar early plums (except a few high ones). Good crop, plenty frozen & eaten and some in the fridge. The Victoria are pathetic. Good size fruit but only a handful. I think we had a cold spell when they should have been pollinated.
Started picking the James Grieve too. They are ripening in the porch - I prefer them yellow and sweet (but still with a crisp sharp bite). Also piked a few brambles and made an individual bramble & windfall crumble.
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Not updated this for a while so here goes.
Victoria plums - only about a dozen from 3 trees. Not many greengages either. Damsons reasonable (I like them raw when ripe, as well as stewed or in jam). There were many too high to reach, they've formed a thicket at the bottom of the garden, from runners or stones. Just thrown away the last 3 that were over-ripe.
The Conference pears didn't do well fairly small crop and many of them thin. Don't think they were pollinated properly. They are in the porch waiting to ripen (I cooked a few last night and ate a raw one that was ready).
I wondered if I would take apples to sell in aid of choir as I have in previous years, but the committee decided that, though we would meet to sing, they wanted to discourage mingling. I do take them to dance club, but we only have about 20 attending.
So my 'apples on the verge' charity stall returned. Advertised on the village Facebook page. A big box of seconds and windfalls, and punnets of good fruit. £24 raised so far for Save the Children Fund. Someone comes along about once a week and swoops the lot, I think for Alpacas.
And there is a Food Hub in Northwich that works in collaboration with Chester Food Bank. On my way to choir I drive near one the person who runs the community shop , so I've been delivering 20lb boxes every week as I pick.
Early apples -
James Grieve, good;
Worcester, good, not that I think they compare with other sorts, so I just pick them to give away, or pick them up when they are so ripe they drop. The last have dropped off this week.
Laxton's Exquisite, hardly any. Usually a big crop that is best eaten when picked.
Laxton's Superb, better crop than usual, though still only enough for me + a few for the stall.
Mid season -
Lord Lambourne, good crop. best before end of September so I've given most away. Cox type. The last of those also fell off this week
Cox, only about 6 pound of those so I'm keeping them for myself. Lots last year.
Chivers, mostly picked and given away (not my favourites), but lots of little ones still unpicked, might leave them for the birds.
Late
Kidds Orange, some are now ripe enough to pick. And some on the ground which are now in the box on the verge. My favourite, I sampled one of the windfalls for lunch. They are really nice in November, a bit wrinkly and tasteless after Christmas but still good for stewing.
Crispin, not ripe yet.
Granny Smith won't be ripe till nearly Christmas. I use them as a late cooker when the Bramley's are finished or unusable.
I have 2 Bramley trees, the big fruit is all high. I've made a start. Someone who came last year might be coming to pick some. My book says pick from last week in September.
The Packham's pear is starting to be ready. It is a low spreading droopy tree and something has been gnawing the windfalls and low fruit. Squirrels perhaps. It was recommended as good in Cheshire, but only some taste nice when ripe, the rest take the skin off your teeth. But good for cooking.

Yesterday and today I've spent some time picking but as much tugging at nettles that were stinging me as I tried to pick the pears and Kidd's.
Don't mention brambles, it never ends.
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