My week this week: Lush

Well it's been a while since I've found the time to write a "my week" post; that's partly due to lack of time and in some weeks because there's been quite humdrum. There was a short break in Suffolk that was far from humdrum of course, but after being back at work for a couple of days it *almost* felt like it hadn't happened. Almost.  

The cottage was beautiful, and I notched up twenty miles on the bike and a new entry in the Loo Series and I've plenty more posts to come from the pretty county of Suffolk. What surprised me was it's so close to Norfolk but so different.  I still think Norfolk's the county for me long term though, but Suffolk will certainly be getting some more visits.

But back to this week. And lush. When I chose this word to sum up the week I was referring to my greenhouse, which also seems to have gone a little bonkers.  And it's looking very lush.  The tomatoes especially.  After refusing to grow much more than initial seedlings, now that I've potted them on, they've grown and grown and looking into my greenhouse, it all looked very lush. 

I mean just look (and for lush you could also substitute overgrown!)

TOMATOES EVERYWHERE.  SUDDENLY.

TOMATOES EVERYWHERE.  SUDDENLY.

The towel on the greenhouse staging you can see is an attempt to keep my plants watered while we were away.  It wasn't totally successful - or looking at the tomatoes, maybe it was... But clearly I needed to do something with them, and they're late as it is anyway.  After a visit to the plot last weekend, I realised that I'll need to plant my tomatoes where the onions where and hope that the foxes don't take a liking to them. And hope for a good autumn!

It seems though that Suttons Seeds took pity on my lack of growing success this year (don't mention my onions!) and sent me some seeds which I can sow now.

SEEDS FROM SUTTONS THAT CAN BE SOWN IN AUGUST

SEEDS FROM SUTTONS THAT CAN BE SOWN IN AUGUST

But first though, I needed to tackle those tomatoes. It's already August and they're not planted out yet so for the first time ever I put the weakest plants on the compost heap. And of course I'm hoping for a good autumn so that if fruits do appear they have time to ripen. Or failing that I'll be making green tomato chutney this year, so it's not all bad at all.

DESTINED FOR THE COMPOST HEAP. SOB.

DESTINED FOR THE COMPOST HEAP. SOB.

I've potted on the strongest plants and am hoping that a few days in the greenhouse will persuade them to grow upright again. And then they'll be destined for the allotment, and hopefully the sunny spot there will be the best place for them.

Looking better potted on, next stop our allotment
 
Chillies on the staging sorted out

I also potted on my chilli plants, there's flowers starting to appear so I may be lucky. As well as the normal bog standard chillies, from the seeds from Taste London, I've got a chocolate habanero growing and a couple of purple chillies too. There's also one I bought earlier as I wasn't sure if my chillies would make it. 

A chilli plant from RHS Hyde Hall

So with my tomatoes and chillies sorted out that gives me some space to start sowing some of those flowers from Suttons. I must remember not to go too bad as a few seeds go a long way. And I should start now to stand a chance of success, that's the lesson I've learnt this year, along with potting things on to help them grow well.

As I pottered in the greenhouse this afternoon I spotted pink through the glass. I discovered an everlasting sweet pea among a pot of jasmine and beyond that pink cosmos and angel wings looking just as gorgeous. I thought the colour in our garden was done, but it seems I was wrong. 

SWEET PEA LOVE

SWEET PEA LOVE

 
COSMOS GROWN FROM SEED
PRETTY ANGEL WINGS

So yes, it's looking lush inside and outside my greenhouse right now.

And I couldn't close this post without mentioning the HomeSense event I went to on Wednesday. It was their Christmas in August event and was a good chance to see a preview of the goodies they'll have in stores for Christmas, lush (as well as metallics) is a great word to describe those too. 

#homesensechristmas #metallics #feelslikewinter @myhomesense #gold

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And with a glass or two or prosecco before dinner, then there's probably also a case for the kind of lush you first thought of when you clicked on this post!

How has your week been?

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