A two week spell of summer weather with quite dry conditions followed by a very wet week, was great for plant growth, but not so great for flowers. However this is summer in Scotland so we are in the garden on every dry day unless it is too hot when we then relax on the patio. When the rain comes I am back in the studio to crack on with my latest painting project.
As the world moves on into an age of high technology, change and progress are happening at all levels.
Every year has a different story to tell in the garden as no two years are alike, and one year’s climate can affect plants over several years.
Blackcurrants are now almost an essential fruit on allotments and in gardens. They have come a long way over the years.
Now that the growing season has finished most summer crops have been harvested.
The beginning of October should be the time when autumn kicks in and summer becomes a pleasant but distant memory.
Winter has arrived as Caroline sweeps over the land and many of us wake up to a covering of snow plus a few trees, fences and sheds blown about.
Whether we grow fruit, vegetables or flowers, our success lies in the fertility of the soil in which everything grows.
We are now beginning to reap the benefits from this warm summer, as the first strawberries ripened up at the end of May.
Sunny days are arriving so now we can get down to some serious sowing and planting on the vegetable patch. A lot of plants have been ready to plant, but it was necessary to wait till the soil had warmed up as cold north winds continue to dominate our spring weather.