Thursday, 12 September 2013

How does your garden grow?






The bees seem to be slowing down in the garden this week; my lavender that had been so busy and noisy is now unnervingly quiet.

The few that remain can be found only in the brightest of flowers.

This one was a very greedy bee, drunkenly staggering around the flower, covered head to toe (do bees have toes?) in pollen.

The leaves are starting to turn.  They look so pretty and are still strong enough to just hold on in the cool, rainy breeze.
The damson tree hangs low this year, laden with even more fruit.

And my green chillies are still green.  (Having never grown them before I'm not sure if they will stay green or turn red sometime, so I have left some on the plants to see.)

And you may remember the old bath we found at the bottom of the garden?  My husband and step son carried it to its new home and I have been filling it with spent grow-bags and windfall apples.  My plan had been to make it a herb bath, but I have read up on herb growing and I'm not sure many herbs would survive winter outdoors.  So I thought I might fill it with spring bulbs, then once they go over plant up the herbs.  Are you a herb grower? Is this a good plan? Or are there herbs that could weather the winter?

Linking up to Mammasaurus and her splendid 'How does your garden grow?'

Mammasaurus - How Does Your Garden Grow?

29 comments:

  1. oh wow fabulous bee pictures and I love Mr Greedy, isn't he superb. Everything is just gorgeous and your Damson tree is like a dream come true for me, just spectacular. I love this linky so much, it really cheers me up :)

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    1. Mr Greedy Drunken Bee rocks yes :) It cheers me up too. Thank you for popping by lovely xx

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  2. what beautiful shots you have going on here. your garden still looks lovely and i have total garden tub envy right now

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    1. Ha! Thank you - I feel like I have a blank canvas with my tub and I'm not too sure what to do with it! x

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  3. Such vivid colours and amazing bee shots! The chillis looks great, even if they are still green and probably are meant to be. I quite fancy trying to grow some next year. xx

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    1. Yes do try some next year - they've been ever so resilient to all the neglect we've thrown their way ;) I think bell peppers are trickier and none of those came through this year. xx

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  4. I love that pollen coated bee! I know just what you mean about it being unnervingly quiet round the lavender, we have a handful of bees left here, butterflies seem to be taking their place now.
    Love that you are getting ready to plant the bath up, no idea about herbs in Winter, we have a herb garden and they all pretty much die back over winter and then reappear in spring!

    Ace photos missus - thanks for joining in again, your photos are making my stinking cold feel a lot better!

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    1. Hope the cold has passed now. I'm thinking of leaving herb planting until spring and just make it an early flowering bulb bath for now. Thank you for hosting this link and all your support xx

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  5. What a stunning garden you have!
    I can offer precisely zip advice on herbs I'm afraid, but the bath looks great!

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    1. Thank you! I'm excited to get the bath sorted. Need to put some copper strips around the base to keep the pesky slugs away. x

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  6. We grow some herbs but sadly Im not the gardener so can't answer the question! They aren't very hardy though so I wouldn't think winter is the best time for them. Probably wait to late spring next year when the frosts have definitely gone. Gorgeous pics as always. Love the one of the drunken bee!

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    1. Yes I think you're right Suzanne. I get so impatient, but I'm going with early flowering bulbs for prettiness and herb planting late spring. The drunken bee is fab isn't he?! So greedy x

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  7. Hmm, I'm not sure bees do have toes, but I'm not sure! I've just planted up a little herb garden, and though I know precisely nothing myself, my mum (keen gardener!) helped me do it with her cuttings and seemed happy with me doing it, but time will tell here, I suppose..! The bulb planting in spring sounds nice, though, anyway.

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    1. Yes going with the bulb option. I hope bees do have toes :) x

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  8. Please can bees have toes I like that idea! I nearly wrote in a post I saw a snails eyes today - I'm not sure they do. A wonderful post, I particularly like the bee photos :)

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    1. Yes me too - I say we decide that they do! And if bees can have toes why not snails have eyes? Thank you for popping by. x

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  9. Love the close ups of the buzzy creatures. Our Bees have slowed down, but the wasps are still having parties in the fallen apples. I love my herb garden even if I don't use most of them on a regular basis, the kids love to smell them and use them in potions and the frog likes to hide in there and surprise me. We have chives, sage, thyme, and mint and they all seem pretty hardy and return each year. I've added fennel and oregano and fingers crossed they will too.

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    1. yes the wasps are having a final hurrah with our windfall apples too! Your herb garden sounds ace - except for the frog part. I have a huge phobia of frogs. Now I'm worried that it will attract frogs...ahhh... x

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  10. That bathtub is great! I love old objects in gardens, especially plantable ones. My rosemary, chives, and thyme last the winter through, but I am in a mild climate (southern US) so I'm not sure if the same might be true for you. The thought of the drunken bee made me giggle too. :)

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    1. Thank you! We have some shelves that we were about to throw out but then I thought, no, put it in the garden and it can have little pots on it with lots of interesting plants. I'm getting the han of recycling a bit more now x

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  11. Great photos of the bees! Wonderful that you could capture them while they are still.

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    1. Thank you - the drunken bee was too sozzled to move very fast so it afforded me the opportunity to get snapping x

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  12. The bee photo is INCREDIBLE! Lovely idea about the bulbs in the bath. It'll be beautiful in the Spring (lots of 'b's in this comment! :-) x

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    1. I'm loving your alliteration! It's faB. Bulb bath it is :) xx

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  13. Your photography talent matched your fiction. Impressive stuff!

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  14. Your photos are amazing, the pollen covered bee is just.. wow!

    Loving the idea of Spring bulbs in the bath, anything unusual as a planter is a winner.

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  15. Beautiful photos! The one with the white flower and bee is amazing!

    Lauren,
    http://atouchofsoutherngrace.blogspot.com/

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  16. I love that bee! My herbs died off in winter last year and I had to buy new ones this year so the bulbs sound like a great idea then plant the herbs in spring :) xx

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