having just spent 15 minutes trying to add a pic, i have given up. so i will sort that out another time. i havent posted lately, not felt very well. my ankle appears to be trying to grow to be a football. lol took mum out on wednesday and had hairs done, i am more of a polish these days lol. apart from that, not a lot of interest has happened. today,we have had the worse winds i can ever remember having in june, played havoc with my hanging baskets, a lot of the petunias and fuschias have snapped off. all part of the joys of gardening.
i grow a lot of soft fruit, raspberries,redcurrants,blackcurrants,gooseberries, plums,pears, and an old apple tree that last year produced more apples than was good for it, still got several bags of frozen apple slices in freezer. i usually fill one freezer with fruit, i also have a few strawberry plants in a trough,used to have a huge strawberry patch but i dug them up, had got old. so soon be busy picking them hey?? wrongggggg firstly, gooseberries. although i did spray against it,they have all got mildew bad. so bad there won't be any worth picking, also bloody gooseberry sawfly have eaten most of the leaves. rather think i shall be cutting the bushes back hard very soon. need a good prune. redcurrants. one large bush and was full of fruit. WAS. we have a lot of woodpigeons around here and this year for the first time ever they have stripped the redcurrants green not even fit yet the lot gone. and i put a net over the bush. that is bad enough but all 3 blackcurrant bushes have suffered the same fate, stripped bare. why the pigeons are attacking them this year i have no idea. plum tree is bare, very few fruit set and those that did have also been eaten, i got 7 pears on 2 trees, lol and the apple tree didnt hardly set any apples at all. the only fruit i have got coming are raspberries, and i have netted them over. thrush still gets under for a few lol. but i dont mind that. so my freezer empty luckily a friend has bought us a load of strawberries and i have frozen them for jam. yes i do make my own lol and have found that i prefer using frozen fruit, i just pop a bag in the pan and leave to thaw out naturally. the fruit is starting to already break down, and no water is needed result is 3 nice jars of homemade strawberry jam on thursday. with a lot more to come.
so,just in case anyone thought i never get problems in my garden, and that everything is always so perfect, this puts things in perspective lol. yes,my flowers are doing well, shame about the rest of it.
just add that i asked mums visitor not to come this past thursday, she was very tired after having hair done, and i had an upset stomach. which i didn't want her to catch. mum really has had awful pain again with toe and arthritis in knees maybe if we get some decent weather she will feel better. as we all will. take care all