The dreaded thesis is in the hands of the gods now. That leaves me with a cluttered desk, and quite a bit of time on my hands. What to do? Binge-watching old seasons of Gardener's World is always a go (I learned this as well during my procrastination process), plowing through the stacks of books … Continue reading Still firmly with us in the land of the living.
When working on your bachelor's thesis, sometimes you come across little finicky jobs that will make a world of difference if you did them poorly, or not at all. Fixing up references is one of those jobs - my school is notoriously picky about them. It takes not so much elbow grease, as some dissecting … Continue reading Go forth and grow roots.
I begged, I whined, I pleaded, I cried, I begged some more, and somehow got to borrow a boat to get to the island where my allotment is! Rowing all the way there makes it feel like much more of an accomplishment. I was itching to get busy digging and cutting, and was curious about … Continue reading The weather is propably to blame for those unfortunate tulips.
When looking for seeds, we'd like something showy; for the tiny little granule to turn into a whopper of a Strelitzia, for example. Often things don't turn out the way we had hoped for. Diseases strike, the seedlings are feeble, the temperature is to hot, or too cold - things are going awry. The spectacular … Continue reading A thousand yellow daisies.
Sweet peas! How about them? Last year I grew an unnamed white variety, this year I'm all out with not one, but two: a deep, dark plum coloured one called Windsor, and a creamy one touched with purple on the edges called Old Times. Some say you should grow them in autumn, but I'm not … Continue reading Is it worth sowing your sweet peas on a windowsill in January?
After a short hiatus - call it winter, call it the blues, call it whatever you want - I'm back! Here's a bit of reminiscence on when we, here up North, notice winter is not to stay for ever. Valentine's day is usually the day I notice the light is coming back. This is usually … Continue reading Lesson learned: leave those seeds the f*** alone.
Things are not going swimmingly, far from it. The whole lot in the greenhouse, pardon, the kitchen is starting to damp off, or otherwise succumb to something nasty. The Salvia Sclarea seedlings - the ones that sprouted so happily a week or what ago, the ones that I talked to and sang to every day, … Continue reading The kitchen lot should feel thankful for the fact we actually need the light above their shriveled heads.
Turns out I have an American neighbour on the allotment! He lived and thrived and surfed through the sixties and seventies, and is now happily living in Finland with his wife. Come spring, his plot has the most extravagant display of tulips - he told me he once bought them from the Netherlands by the … Continue reading Gladioli.
Amsonia Tabernaemontana sounds a bit like something you'd find in a Harry Potter book, but you'd be mistaken - it's ' just' a plant. Also called the 'Eastern Bluestar' (bit less of a mouthful), I found her on a trip to the Netherlands last year in May. She looked so photogenic even before blooming, so … Continue reading The Harry Potter plant