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Saturday, 6 June 2009

Rain Stops Play

Today's more or less incessant rain put my allotment plans on hold. I was hoping to plant some sweet corn and 'Purple Tepee' French beans but will have to see what tomorrow brings. On the plus side we were in need of the wet stuff and it has given me a chance to catch up with some domestic chores. So tonight I am looking forward to sitting down to a good read. First on the menu is the June edition of 'The Cottage Gardener'. This little quarterly magazine is one of the benefits of membership of The Cottage Garden Society.

The aims of the society are 'to promote interest in cottage gardens, both past and present, to further the use of those plants associated with cottage gardens and to assist those wishing to create or maintain such gardens'

To use a phrase borrowed from Garden Faerie - the magazine is a 'mish-mash' of articles about cottage gardening as well as book reviews, recipes and a letters page. I have had a quick look at the newest edition which includes articles on roses, the Egyptian Fayoumi (a breed of chicken) and an article about the virtue of green leaves. There is also a description of the mechanics of the society's excellent seed distribution exchange. I have grown some lovely plants from this and earlier this afternoon noticed Patient Gardener's success with a seed obtained from the exchange.

I also have the June edition of Gardens Illustrated to peruse. This edition is the 150th edition of the magazine and is includes a celebration of cottage gardens.

So that's my Saturday evening entertainment all mapped out possibly with a glass of wine to hand. Fingers crosses for good planting weather tomorrow.


  1. My plans have gone out of the window as well today - the rain hasnt stopped at all. Hopefully it might be better tomorrow and at least the ground will be softer so I may be able to plant some seedlings out and rediscover more of my patio!!

  2. Hi Thanks for the link into CGS it is on my to do list I used to belong when the children were very young and they took such an interest they made their own cottage garden magazine it was so sweet still have it today tucked away they are 28 and 27 now how time flies.

    Have a lovely evening but I bet you spend part of it catching up on blogs.

  3. That looks a really interesting magazine. It's been raining here too a lot, and when arriving home late this evening, the lawn was covered in snails!

  4. Love the look of your blog & beautiful photos....will keep checking back

  5. Hi Anna, We had rain overnight, but I still hope to plant my second little veggie garden later in the day. I love the cover of the Cottage Gardener - it looks like it could be from 100 years ago. And, of course, chickens are just cute! ;-) (P.S. I thought my phrase was going to be "bananas!" but mish-mash is marvelous, too, LOL!)

  6. Whew! I'm so glad I'm not the only one that does this, Anna. While my husband's nose is stuck in the more "mainstream" read, (Tom Clancy, John Grisham and the like) I'm equally immersed in something of a botanical nature.

    I'm glad to hear you received much needed rain. The same happened here in the Pacific Northwest this past week. It was really dry and it's a bad sign when I'm sick of watering in May! :)

  7. Hope that the rain eased off on Sunday PG and that you were able to get out into the garden. It's most frustrating when rain stops play :(

    Almost heaven Rob :)

    Joanne the CGS is an excellent society - I have been a member for a good few years now and recommend it to fellow gardeners. How lovely that you have your own exclusive special cottage garden magazine - something to treasure :)

    I was surprised that there were very few snails out and about here Phoenix but I think that it may have been too chilly for them !

    Thanks and welcome Susie ! Hope to see you again. Will be over to visit your blog soon.

    Good planting weather for veggies when the earth is moist Monica. I will have to incorporate your catchphrase 'banana' into another post sometime soon :)

    May started off wet Grace but we have had a couple of reasonable weeks until this weekend. I too was getting a bit fed up of walking around with a watering can although I suppose it's good exercise. I am glad that you have had much needed rain.


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