Summer is coming to a close and while that always makes me a bit sad, in one way I’m quite relieved. I’ve found this year to be a bit of a challenge with a cold late spring and the excessive heat of summer. We’ve also had a lot of interesting new insects on the plot this year from scuttling nettle bugs to plagues of really annoying flea beetles and sage leaf hoppers. This did mean a few holes and marks on leaves but no real harm done and I’m sure it’s better and healthier than covering the plants in chemicals.
I’ve just got a tray or two of Angelica seeds to germinate and I’m keen to find out how they do. I normally prefer to sow in spring but with angelica seeds having a very short shelf life I thought I’d sow them very soon after gathering. So far so good:
I’ve also set some Hedge Germander cuttings which I’m hoping will take over the next month or so. I’m still amazed that little sticks of plant like these suddenly sprout roots. I’m sure there’s a perfectly understandable scientific explanation but I prefer to think it’s Mother Nature’s magic.
I’m already excited about next spring as I’m making a few changes. I’m often asked by visitors to Norfolk if I can provide plants by mail order and I’m pleased to say, from 2019, the answer will be yes. As well as herbs I’m planning to have a few shrubs, wild flowers and perennial garden plants available online too. You will of course still be able to find me at farmers’ markets and fairs.
I’ve been really pleased this year to see the interest in bee friendly plants is growing. A lot of herbs are very beneficial to pollinators but I’m also keen to promote the use of wild flowers in our gardens. Watch out for a few wild flowers amongst the herbs next year but if you’re planning your garden this winter please have a look at some wildflower seeds currently for sale in my Etsy shop. Jemima's Garden - Etsy Shop
I'm offering a free packet of mixed Cornfield Annuals seeds with every seed order - bee friendly varieties
After a friend commented that he’d had a look at my blog “but it was all pictures of deer” and very little herbs, I’m determined to do better. To stop my blog being “all pictures of deer” you can read my nature blog by clicking on the picture, (of a deer).
Wow, that was quick, summer has wizzed by.
I'm already making plans for next spring and after being asked frequently if I sell by mail order, the answer will be YES!
Next year I plan to have a selection of herbs available online as well as a few shrubs and perennials if time allows.
As a bit of a trial run, to check I've got the packaging right, I've got a couple of perennial ground cover garden plants listed in my etsy shop at the moment.
Aren't these colours lovely? With one of the plants being evergreen, (Ajuga), and the other semi-evergreen, (Lamium) they'll give colour all winter long.
For my Etsy shop, click here: www.etsy.com/shop/jemimasgarden
As far as my herbs are concerned Spring has been delayed,, (but definitely not cancelled).
The recent bad weather has meant a lot of my plants have still not poked their heads up above the soil and are having a bit of a lie in.
Sadly this means I'm unlikely to have a stall at any farmers' markets until May but if a nice warm spring finally arrives things may change.
In the meantime, here's a picture from another sunnier spring.
With the weather being a bit too chilly to work outside I've updated the website and added lots of what I hope is useful information. Please take a look around and if there's any obvious typos please let me know.
I've also added some dates of my first markets in the hope that spring finally will arrive.
I'd like to say a big thank you to all my customers and wish you all a Magical, Peaceful and Happy Yule. Looking forward to seeing you again in the spring.
I’ve had a major re-organisation on the little plot where I grow my herbs.
Although I did have a lovely big polytunnel this proved too hot to work in and being where it was in the garden, it finally succumbed to old age and a big poplar branch.
Earlier this year I cleared an overgrown plot and got rid of two small greenhouses. The area was covered in weed suppressant and some new staging built for larger plants. Hazel screening was then fixed to the staging to prevent deer nibbling. Something I hadn’t foreseen was several beautiful large dragonflies being attracted to the ground covering and constantly flying around looking for somewhere to lay their eggs. (Shouldn’t have chosen the bluey green colour).
Stage 2 was re-covering a smaller polytunnel with shading mesh and a temporary transparent tarpaulin for the winter. More new staging followed in here and things are really starting to look organised. This will be perfect next summer for newly potted on smaller plants.
A few weeks ago, much to my delight and relief, we finally managed to put up a new potting shed. I now have somewhere purpose built to work, with everything to hand, but after going on about “my shed” all summer, (it’s been stored since January), Robert has banned me from mentioning the “s” word.
The female blackbird and robin are delighted though, they have their own bird-table in the middle of the plot.
Spring seems to have retreated. If the warmth seems a long way off you could try one of my packs of Pot Pourri to give you a blast of summer in your home. Available in three fragrances, Country Garden, Lavender and Rose, you can find them in my Etsy shop:
It's my first stall of the year this Saturday at the excellent Creake Abbey Farmers' Market. Although some of my herbs are late risers or too tender to venture out until all the frosts have gone, I'll have a good selection of young plants ready to grow like mad in the spring sunshine.
In the herb plot the Lovage is bursting forth and one of the rosemary bushes is in bloom. New life is starting to appear with baby rabbits bouncing all over the garden.
I'm very pleased to be attending another farmers' market this year at White House Farm, Norwich. You can also find me at their plant fair on 13th May.
I'm looking forward to the coming season and in addition to my regular markets, this year I'm excited to be attending another excellent farmers' market. Details and dates will be on my events page very soon.
To keep myself out of mischief on long winter nights I've made some lavender sachets. If you need a blast of summer fragrance you can find them in my Etsy shop:
Even though we've just had a very cold spell buds are starting to appear on lots of the shrubs although most of my herbs are still very much asleep.
The wildlife is easier to see in the winter including this delightfully furry muntjac fawn: