Dear Blog – 14.25 – 21/09/20

Nothing quite beats a trimmed bush, you know?

Yesterday l was back over at Suze’s helping with the garden, there were a few tasks we had to to tackle – the celeriac had to be dug up, the bird feeder had to be assembled and erected and Suze’s front bush needed trimming as it was just wild and out of control! Suze had said that the one thing she didn’t like to look at everyday was her wild out of control bush as it was making life uncomfortable and at times made walking difficult!

Also l was there to have dinner with her later on once the gardening had been done. She collected me at 2pm and l was back home by around 8.30pm, but we got a good lot of work done and l, this afternoon must attend to the bags of foliages l brought back for my hot composter. I am wondering if l should be perhaps getting another mini composter as back up to the one l have as it is quite full now and l have a good amount of black bins filled also – so this afternoon will be fun l reckon, trying to configure it all out.

Assembling the bird feeder was easy enough as indeed was siting it to the ground where it will stand for the winter, next to the bird bath. It wasn’t a bad feeder station for £21 although it may appear a bit wonky in the photograph, but that is only because it only has one feeder on it at present and the suet balls make it lean. But Suze is over at mine later on this afternoon [to celebrate – more on that in a moment] and will collect some assorted seeds for the other feeders the station has.

Between the two of us we had a total of four celeriac plants, you may recall – earlier this year l had ten slips turn up much later than their designated time pf arrival due to the lockdown. Many of my pre-ordered items purchased in January and February for delivery in March didn’t turn up when they should have done and so many of the slips turned up dead, dying or way too late so l had to do the best l could. Of the ten celeriacs ordered only four were salvaged and they performed pretty well. I dug my two plants up last Saturday and l dug Suze’s up yesterday.

I’ll not grow them again next year, but we did have some celeriac mash with our meal last night – proving that they were good enough to eat. I guess thinking on it, the four globe bulbs combined came to about a kg in weight – not bad for a trialer, but doesn’t warrant a regular to vegetable growing due to the volume of outer root you must cut off before you can use it.

The final task of the day was to tackle Suze’s unruly bush which whilst it was quite sweet smelling …………. on account of it being a Buddleia also known as the butterfly bush …… it was a bit higher than it should have been and was blocking the lawn and the light to the front window. But the lawn needed to be cut as well.

That was probably the longest part of the day, as it had to be trimmed down first and then l sat on the lawn and cut up the cuttings to fit into the bag. The pollen on the branches was so high and dusty that l for much of the time couldn’t breathe properly and had to go and get my mask in the end … little wonder the butterflies and bees go nuts for it!

Suze’s friend, Sarah gave Suze some really great crockery pots as you can see in the images that she no longer used and once they are filled with some lovely winter flowers these will make Suze’s from garden very welcoming.

Suze and l also sat down and planned our new gardens next year and whilst it will be greatly reduced from the season that began this year – it should be really good and fun considering that we both have very different garden styles, however you can see our decisions below.

Suze’s Garden
Vegetables
Rory’s Garden
Vegetables
Pak Choi, Cucumber, Upright Tomato, Courgette, Green Beans, Spinach, Broccoli, Sweet PotatoTrailing Tomato, Carrot, Wild Rocket, Leaf Salad, Spring Onion, Pepper, Swiss Chard, Radish,
Suze’s Garden
Fruit
Rory’s Garden
Fruit
Blueberry, Strawberry, Rhubarb, SunflowerCape Gooseberry, Cucamelon, Raspberry, Strawberry, Sunflower,
Suze’s Garden
Herbs
Rory’s Garden
Herbs incl. Wild Herbs
Bay, Mint, Chives, Rosemary, Basil, Coriander, Thai Basil,Parsley, Garlic, Chives, Spearmint, Giant Parsley, Borage, Comfrey, Coriander, Sweet Basil,
Suze’s Garden
Flowers
Rory’s Garden
Flowers
Daisy, Winter PansyClarkias, Dwarf Sunflower, Nasturtium, Marigold,

I will be growing more fruits, herbs and ornamental flowers in the container and earthen plot side of the garden and growing mostly salad varieties of vegetables in the raised beds.

As a side note to my readers living in the UK – l happen to have an enormous surplus of seeds that l will not be using – so or should l say ‘sow’ if anyone would like any of these seeds [free of course] drop me a comment below and l’ll email you the list of what l have available. They are all 2020 purchased.

The 2021 gardens will be greatly reduced growings, but more hyperfocused on what we actually use. Whilst it will be two seperate gardens, the yields will be counting as one – what l don’t grow but need – Suze will grow and vice versa. This way we can grow a bigger selection but with less work load per person.

A productive afternoon.

Now you will have read above that Suze is coming over here this afternoon to collect some things for her garden – but also as a form of celebration. She was at the Canterbury hospital this morning for her pre-check appointment with her Onocologist Consultant. Suze was scheduled in for three chemotherapy treatments from late August to Late September. However, that has been reduced to only two on account of the cancerous lump reducing in the swelling.

If you look at the top image where you see Suze holding a pair of long handles and look carefully to the left side of her neck, you may see a very small swelling – well that was the Stage 2 cancerous cyst. She has three of these, only one is physically visible on the left side of her neck and prior to her first treatment last Month it was the size of a Turnip and she had great difficulty in swallowing.

The excellent news from today is her Consultant has told her, that the third aggressive chemo treatment is no longer needed because the Stage 2 lump is greatly reduced, meaning that the treatment is working!! She still has her second chemotherapy this coming Friday. But this means the second stage of her treatment schedule can begin earlier than originally planned – Radio/Chemotherapy sessions begin on the 7th October [sadly on her 59th Birthday] but the fantastic news is that Suze’s body is responding really well!

So we are going to celebrate with some Fish and Chips, her portion much bigger than mine on account of me trying to lose weight! But l wanted to let you know and Suze always says for me to tell you all – Thank you for your well wishes!

We are getting this Sucker Beat!!

Thanks for reading, catch you next time!

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26 thoughts on “Dear Blog – 14.25 – 21/09/20

  1. Great news about Suze. My great-grandson recently beat leukemia after several years of treatments. He is 16 now and acting like a normal kid can — considering the pandemic which cancelled his celebration party with his doctor and nursing team.
    And what lovely gardens you two have! Makes me even more homesick for the farm and my own gardens, now as abandoned as the house. Nothing quite as sad as “the house with nobody in it”. Maybe someday, but not today.
    Angela

  2. WOOT WOOT🎉💃🏼✨💫 Fan-freakin-tastic news!! I am so happy for her and for you too, I know how thrilled you are!
    I’m Happy Dancing💃🏼
    I’ll keep sending her good juju🌊🦄💫🧸💌

    Oh, and glad you helped her trim her unruly bush!😂😂😂😂

      1. Super pleased that Suze’s body is responding well to treatment! Looking forward to seeing all the photos of all the crops in full swing 🙂💚

          1. Not too bad thanks, just a touch of pregnancy insomnia and Pelvic Girdle Pain, but otherwise all OK 🙂 5 weeks to go! Hope you’re doing OK 💚

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