Posted: 19/08/2016 at 09:47
The roses and honeysuckles have done better than ever this year - David Austin's Mayflower is still blooming and Rosa Bonica still has more to give. They'd do even better if they were in a sunnier spot instead of being on The Shady Bank. I might have to create another sunnier bed
The Alpina Clematis were great as is the Clem Purpurea Plena Elegans - but the larger flowered ones have struggled - think the soil needs bulking up for them.
The ferns have been amazing - the damp weather earlier in the year really suited them.
Sweetcorn Swift has been the best it's ever been - the increased light in the garden since felling one of the big ashes, together with warm weather and more moisture in the soil than in previous years (again due to the tree being felled) means that every stem has produced at least three edible cobs!!!
The pattypan squashes are amazing ... far more productive than courgettes have been in previous years - I may well grow them again, or at least alternate with courgettes.
I lost all the little tomato plants to blight, (which came in with some plants from a friend) with the exception of Crimson Crush which have lived up to the advertising blurb of being Blight Resistant. They've grown big and strong and are producing lots of lovely tomatoes, despite having started life crammed hugger mugger in the little greenhouse with the infected plants. I'll grow them again.
Earlier in the year the Broad Beans, Aquadulce Claudia which I sowed back in late October, withstood the winter winds with no protection and gave us lots of delicious beans in May when there was nothing else in the garden. They also provided the bees with lots of nectar in March which is always a good thing.
I will not grow Runner Bean White Emergo again - two sowings rotted - one lot indoors in pots and another sown direct. Never had that problem before. I'll go back to Wisley Magic - they've always done well for me in the past. Don't know why I changed .......
I ended up buying the last climbing french bean plants in the GC and planting them up the wigwam ... just beginning to produce now. Better late than never I suppose ...