Down the garden in July
All of the photos were taken in July, 2001 as part of a series the gardening year, to test out our new camera. There are links to other photos at the foot of this page.
A touch of colour from probably the brightest month in the garden.These are lillies which grow under one of the apple trees. Generally in July I had caught up with most of the garden chores, and it was just a case of weeding and waiting for the fruit to ripen.
This is a Hollyhock. Its quite an old fashioned plant, but I like it. We used to have lots, but through the years the stock has diminished, and a lot of their vigour has gone. I'll need to buy in some seeds next year, instead of just saving seeds from the old plants.
The first of four showing a variety of fruit. We do not have a lot of blackcurrants, but get enough to add flavour to the odd apple pie later in the year. Good things they invented freezers.
Like the blackcurrants, the rasps are added to pies later in the year. The rasps do seem to grow well in the side garden, where it is quite shaded, and I have planted lots of new canes to get a decent crop next year. Gardening is all about planning ahead. Not all plans work out, though, and we have to wait and see.
Still a few gooseberries left. We picked a lot last month, but left about half to grow bigger, and it seemed to work. I think we finished up with about 26 lbs, some for eating straight away and the rest for the freezer.
Finally in the vegetable patch, the runner beans seem to be doing well - we should get a first picking just into August.
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