The Old House Garden Round Up: Dottie, Tilly & Tiger make an appearance. 14th June 2017.

The pets have been enjoying the garden this week. The weather has been varied but in no way as wet as last week!

Tiger has discovered the Nepeta (Cat Nip) and loves it almost as much as the bees. Dottie is just bonkers as ever!

Dottie loves to play with her towel that I lay on the patio for her to sunbathe on!

The garden has really grown after all the rain but of course with rain comes slugs and snails. I have tried beer traps, picking them off at dusk and putting down egg shells but they have still got to some of my vegetables which is frustrating! I wrote a post about dealing with slugs and snails organically here but fear I am failing somewhat!

Here are the vegetables.

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The beans and peas are doing well. The rhubarb is only in its second year so I won’t harvest from it until next year. I have put Marigolds around my pumpkin in a hope of confusing those pesky slugs!
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This bed is looking sad; I would have expected more growth really. You can see my beer trap. I’m going to add more.
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Another beer trap is full this morning!
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The vegetables in the Greenhouse are doing much better. I have found at least 2 slow worms living in here (giving me a fright!) but I think they are eating any snails or slugs that manage to get in.
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The Beetroot is looking healthy
With all the rain and wind of last week, my Lupins are looking a little flopsy but are still stunning in the cottage border.

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Flopsy Lupins!
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The Cottage Border
At the weekend we added some annuals such as Cosmos in this border to fill in any gaps. I think I would like to add some more as I love their pop of colour in here.

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The clematis is still flowering on the archway and now the rose is too. This rose is a climber called New Dawn.
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The yellow, red and orange border
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We have added some annuals such as Zinnia in here and planted some yellow lupins.
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This is the new area that we cant decide what to do with so we scattered some wildflowers seeds here for this year and they are now beginning to grow rapidly. The new roses are also blooming too. We have David Austin’s Compassion.
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This is my next project! Although it’s only overgrown. I want to see what grows here in full first.
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The Verbena are getting very tall!
I hope you have enjoyed this round up!

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