(1) Watching ants and their antics in the garden: a short video published on the Hardy plant Society web site. Myrmechochory has been going on in the garden here, I'm observed ants carrying seeds across the gravel garden. Cyclamen will be coming up in strange places next year I am sure. I am sure the ants are farming the greenfly on the runner beans, now in flower, from the tubers which overwintered in the ground.
(2) Garlic Harvest: This week it was time to harvest the garlic. A quick wash to remove the soil, or the roots would take too long to dry, and now these beauties are hanging up in the shade with good air circulation. Since I grew this lot from five fat cloves from a head I bought last year. I shall grow some next year from the largest and best head. Some of what I thought were fat single cloves grew two shoots, giving eight heads in total. I may have harvested these a couple of weeks too early though, but they were starting to be overwhelmed by the Pattipan plants. There are lots of tips on the Isle of Wight site on growing garlic.
|Garlic harvest |
(5) Eryngium bourgatii with its silver marked leaves is just coming into flower. The blues will get stronger. The whole plant disappears completely during the winter. During winter and early spring, before it emerges, crocus cover the area. This year I waited in trepidation to see if it would emerge. The plant has bulked out nicely from its small origins, and it was relief to see the first deeply lobbed silver veined leaves emerge. At its feet is a creeping thyme now in flower and just in front, more sun loving plants. It survived the very wet winter pretty well.
|Origanum Kent Beauty|
I learned this week on a walk on the top of the Mendip hills close by, wild marjorams can be found growing on the limestone thin soils. I happened to have a clump grow up in the very dry 'turf' in the front garden, some of which was saved, when I decided to remove all the turf from the garden.
I am trying to compile information on Origanums, for now trailing through the internet. If any one would like to share any stories, links etc I would be delighted to hear from you.