Monthly Round Up: July

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To-Do List

Another tick on this year’s To-Do list. After the front path and drive (cleaned and sealed), the wall and gatepost (painted), I’ve had the paintbrush in my hand yet again – this time for the garage door! I can’t remember the last time I painted it but it’s been quite some time.

An up-and-over door isn’t the easiest thing to paint. I managed the top of the door (standing inside the garage with the door open) and the bottom of the door (standing outside on a stepladder), but I could only manage the lower half of each side due to lack of space inside the garage. It could probably do with a second coat (sometime) but it’s better than it was and I quite like the neutral brown colour.

I’ve still got to pain the white door surround. The paint here is flaking off so will need brushing and sanding, but that will be done at a later date, as will the door behind the brick arch (image 1 & 2). In the final image, the garage door looks blue, but it’s just the reflection of the sky in the wet (brown) paint – I haven’t “missed a bit”.

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Monthly Round-up: June

Peas and Sweet Peas

Are doing well. Not yet an overabundance, but soon, perhaps. And there are – finally – flower buds on the perennial sweet pea tower.

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Six on Saturday: 5 December 2020

Hello December. I wonder what you have in store for us, weatherwise, this month? Rain, rain and more rain by the look of it so far! Too wet to go outside and tidy the borders (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it).

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With my Cupani sweetpeas growing too well, I’ve given most of them a gentle trim. Fingers crossed I haven’t killed them.

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Six on Saturday: 7 November 2020

Yesterday was a dry day, misty first thing, bright sunshine later on. It gave me the chance to get outside and brush the leaves from my patio. Now they’re in a black plastic dustbin until they wilt a little. There will be plenty more to come. I also planted the last of my onion delivery (Radar) – 14 in a trough and 12 in a pot. There are 32 to go to my brother as soon as Welsh lockdown ends. Unfortunately, I had to throw 7 away as they were mouldy and soft. I think they were packed in a hurry and may have been damp.

This morning was a misty one, but dry again and brightening up now. It gave me the chance to tidy and lightly trim the front border, throw next-door’s mouldy apples back over the wall, and drain two water butts, before emptying compost from six large pots (used for tomatoes) into my compost bins. This meant I could move the table and chairs back to its usual spot in front of the potting shed.

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The last of the strawflowers are still waiting for me to find them a home. I think I need to invest in some florists’ wire and tape to do them justice (and give them longer ‘stems’). I’ll definitely try growing these again.

With no room in the onion bed at the allotment, I’ve planted my shallots at home. There are only 10. I’ve never grown shallots before so, given the size of the sets, I did wonder if it was even worth planting them – but it appears they produce multiple bulbs from one set – between 4 and 12, though I’m not expecting that many. Now I wonder if I’ve planted them too close together.

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