Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hunt the Perennial

Crikey what a blinder it is this week, crazy HOT and HUMID and absolutely relentless black fly, mosquitos and horseflies biting any part of us they can sink their teeth into.
So aside from all that, is anyone else out there playing hunt the perennial?
Gorgeous bright zinnias just coming this week

What I mean is, we are surely not the only ones battling with some overly enthusiastic weeds that have just invaded everything?
Here at Oliver Farm it's more a case of Hello red clover, plantain, couch grass, thistle, hawkweed, chickweed, hogweed, pig weed and so forth and Where the Hell are you all our lovely Perennials? Obviously the Herbalist in me is pained to rip out these wonderful so called "weeds" with such high medicinal value for us, but I'm doing it very nicely asking them all to grow somewhere else (on the other 33 acres of farm that isn't for produce). And let's not even discuss the burdock's a crazy, crazy jungle out there.

So far I have located the lavender and Hyssop, can't say the same for Veronicas and our gorgeous white fluffy perennial achillea hummm. Due to our reluctant mower am having difficulty accessing lemon balm, verbenas, globe thistles, sea holly and catnip. Sadly due to crazy winter have lost my thyme bushes and a few other favourites.

There is hope... the peonies have done it again and are just about bursting and flouncing their gorgeous fluffy poofy blooms with all this heat. Hurrah!


  1. Hi Fay,
    I share your frustration. All I have on my allotment are bindweed and thistles a- even the spuds are hiding!