Friday, 18 August 2017

Annual Seeds Review

A little while ago I wrote a post, I was full of excitement because we had sewn a few packets of seeds on a small side border. I had visions of a border carpeted in the most wonderful flowers.

Annual seeds to update border

Sadly this has not been the case, we watered them and I did not even weed for a while as I was not sure what was growing weed or wild flower.

We are now mid-August and this is what we have.




Well, not a huge success is it? I have to laugh at how sad these two flowers look.


There a couple reasons I know they have not worked, my youngest son has turned into a plant destroyer. He has pulled off petals and whole flower heads, he stomps through the border snapping plants under his small podgy feet. Then factor in slugs and snails who think they were planted as a tasty treat.




We have had some success and they are very pretty just a shame not in abundance.





Will I try this again? yes, I will try this again and in the same place. Next time I will sew a lot more seeds, they are not that expensive. Also, sew over a longer period and hopefully next year I am only battling slugs and not the plant destroyer.

Sometimes things work and some things they do not, I will try again next year with as much hope as I did this time.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Meal Plan Friday 11th August 2017

The summer holidays have not been full of the paddling pool fun and games we were hoping for. We have all been sick this holiday and it has put us out of action for around two weeks. This meal plan was quickly put together as I have now come down with the virus and feeling pretty sorry for myself.

Friday - Fish and Chips with peas easy to prepare and always popular

Saturday - Cajun Chicken Burger

Cajun chicken pineapple burger

Sunday -Toad in the hole

Monday - Paprika Pork served with tagliatelle

Paprika Pork

Tuesday - Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Broccoli and a cream sauce the boys will have a tomato sauce

Wednesday - Treat night so a curry box the boys will have chicken curry

Thursday - Courgette Lasagne - this is such a simple dish but really tasty

Creamy courgette lasagne


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Meal Plan Friday 4th August 2017

The meal plans have been a little delayed due to us getting back from holiday and then our youngest being very poorly. He needed a lot of care and we forgot the meaning of the word sleep.

Friday - Spicy Chicken (this was a McCain Gourmet) served with vine roasted tomatoes and new potatoes. The boys had homemade pizza.

Saturday - Moussaka (thank you Tesco Finest) with a fresh red onion, tomato and cucumber salad. I always thinly slice the red onion and put it in a bowl with lemon juice while the dinner cooks. The boys had linguine with ham and peas using up the tomato sauce we used yesterday for the pizza.

Sunday - We will have beef pie, roasted potatoes and green veggies and the boys will have jacket potatoes with sausages and peas

Monday - A new smoked mackerel salad nice light and fresh. The boys will have cheesy pasta

Smoked mackerel beetroot salad creamy horseradish dressing

Tuesday - Spaghetti and Mozzarella bake

Tomato and mozzarella spaghetti bake

Wednesday - Moroccan Mushrooms. The boys will have risotto with ham and veggies

Moroccan mushrooms with couscous

Thursday - Mexican Bean Chilli

Mexican bean chilli

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Hanging Basket Problems and Rescue

This summer weather or should I say the autumnal weather has been playing havoc with my hanging baskets.

They are being drenched, yet not getting enough water. They are being blown about all over the place, then add in the rather chilly temperatures and grey sky.

The plants are really unhappy, as you can see after another night of hard rainfall the petunias are looking really rather sad. The photos below show the damage the weather has caused.




They almost seem to be dying back and nothing is spreading as it did last year.






This has made me a little sad, but enough of that, what can I do to help them out.

One problem has been a lack of water, I thought due to the fact it had been raining hard they would not need watering, I was wrong. I gave them a good water and added some liquid feed. I will check them every day come rain or shine to see if they need water. I will also feed once a week. I did not feed the hanging baskets at all last year but these guys need a helping hand.

Deadheading, I deadhead them regularly but I really need to give them some time and attention. Especially after the hard rain fall, the flowers really suffer and need to be carefully dead-headed especially the flowers that have been damaged in the rain.

I am hoping these simple steps will help them recover and maybe we can get some warm sunny weather and they can begin to flourish again.


It is not all bad news though, the Nemesia Ice Pink is doing really well.





The Osteopermum and the Argyanthemum with regular deadheading are abundant with flowers, a lesson learnt from last year.






Seeing these three plants do well has helped my confidence, as I was starting to question if it was the weather or my skills as a gardener.