Damson Cottage Garden

June Week 1… Sunshine, Cherries and Marigolds

What a week! We have been bathed in glorious sunshine and have loved being out in the garden.

Damson cottage garden summer

Sunshine, garden bench, ice lolly – Bliss!

Cherry Tree

We wanted a fruit tree to hide some of a north facing fence and decided our best bet would be a morello cherry tree. They are happy facing north and we love cherries and their blossom. James planted it about 1 foot away from the fence and leant the tree towards it. He (unconventionally) used staples to hold pieces of string to the fence, then tied the tree loosely to them in a fan shape. I’m so happy with it, fingers crossed for our own cherries this year.

Fanned morello cherry tree on a fence

Fanned cherry tree, we will cut off the branches that stick out in the Autumn

James stapled pieces of string to the fence, then tied the string loosely to the branches to fan them out. Any branches sticking out the wrong way will be cut off in the Autumn.

James stapled pieces of string to the fence, then tied the string loosely to the branches to fan them out.

Marigolds

Sarah and I planted marigolds to line our garden path. I love marigolds next to the path. I always associate Marigolds with France and having them next to my path makes me feel I own a small part of a French village! We pinched off the tops of the plants to encourage them to bush out, in the process I got a lovely poesy of flowers for the house.

Lovely marigolds

Lovely marigolds

Courgettes, Leeks and Parsnips

James made two new raised beds from planks and filled them with a soil and well rotted manure mix. I planted the young courgette plants that were sown in April in one bed and leek and parsnip seeds in the other bed.

Young courgette plant in its new home

Young courgette plant in its new home

Our First Vegetable Harvest

I harvested our first veg crop- icicle radishes. Its only been a month since we sowed them, so quick and easy. The only problem is – we realised we don’t like this type of radish! Too peppery…

Icicle radish

Our first vegetable harvest – The peppery Icicle Radish!

Anyone want 300 radishes?! Jane

4 Responses to June Week 1… Sunshine, Cherries and Marigolds

  1. Stephen Kean says:

    Had great fun reading this. Photos great too.

    • admin says:

      Thank you so much, I love taking photos and am still getting used to my shiny new camera, glad you like it, Jane

  2. Jeff humphries says:

    Just read your blog and will be replacing our thorny pyracantha with a cherry tree on our north facing wall.

    • admin says:

      I don’t think you will regret it! Jane

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