As a child, stickyweed (aka Goosegrass, Clivers, Catchweed and Robin-run-the-hedge to name but a few) was a delight to behold and provided hours of fun for my friends and I, as we each tried to cover our companions with the stuff, inadvertently transporting dozens of the sticky balls (seeds) to areas hitherto uninhabited by stickyweed and no doubt creating infestations of nightmarish proportions for the gardeners of the time. Picking the tiny little balls off our clothes and discarding them wherever we happened to be, was a necessity, if we wanted to prevent an exasperated outburst of “Look at the state of you! What have you been doing?” from our respective mothers. Continue reading
Wondering around my garden a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that some of my plants were looking a little yellow around the leaves which is usually a good indication that something is lacking in the nutrient department. This wasn’t a big surprise because even with the most careful preparation over winter and spring, the combination of rain washing some of the nutrients out and plants absorbing them at a rate of knots, is bound to lead to a deficency at some point and, to be fair, giving your plants a little boost every now and again, can only be a good thing.
Yes, I know the header picture doesn’t exactly go with the title of this post but the Flowering Cherry was looking so beautiful, bright and cheery yesterday that I couldn’t resist taking a picture and then using it in here. There is pink blossom all over the garden, making it look a little untidy but I don’t really care, as it offers a bit of relief to the barren, emptiness of the beds.