Sunflowers and Garlic

The sunflower below popped up  as a surprise a couple of months ago – I think a bird must have planted it (although how he managed to handle the trowel is beyond me!). It’s so pretty and seems far more robust than the ones I planted.

The other good news is that the butterflies are starting to emerge and I’m trying really hard to photograph them. I’ve given up hopping around like a mad woman and I just stay still and ask them to come to me (not that this approach helps much either!). There are a loads of Cabbage White butterflies desparately attempting to break through the net on the brassicas to lay their eggs… but even they were too quick for me to clearly photograph.

I’m pleased to say that the Tortoiseshell Butterflies are the divas of the butterfly world and didn’t seem to mind the camera. They love the nettles that grow in abundance around my garden – I’d noticed a few holes in the nettle leaves and hoped that the caterpillars would soon be butterflies.

British butterflies aren’t very exotic but they certainly are pretty. I’ll try to photograph some of the Peacock Butterflies we have but they don’t tend to hold still when I ask them to so I’m left wondering….  do butterflies have Ears?
Moving on, the tips of the garlic had turned yellow and were looking rather scruffy so they were dug up and left on a wall to dry. Just as I’d finished tidying the bed the sky grew darker and I could hear thunder in the distance. Worried that the garlic was never going to dry I hung it over an old rake in between two low walls and covered them with a cloche.

My fiendish plan seems to be working – the air is circulating around the garlic and the rain is being held at bay. The cyclical nature of gardening means that as one job is completed another begins. And the big question I have at the moment is…..

…. what on earth shall I sow in this bed now that the garlic has gone?

41 thoughts on “Sunflowers and Garlic

    • I’m not lucky enough to have a greenhouse and it was too smelly to put in the house. The shed is full of chicken supplies so this seemed like the best option 🙂

  1. I am in awe of your beautiful garden (and garlic)! I have a total black thumb (i.e. the opposite of a green thumb), but your garden is inspiring! 🙂

    • In the UK we traditionally plant garlic on the shortest day of the year in December and harvest it on the longest day in June. I didn’t plant mine until February this year so my harvest is a little late but still looks great.
      I’m unsure when it would be the best time for you to plant garlic?!?

  2. The butterfly you managed to capture is gorgeous! British butterflies may not be exotic but they have some pretty cool names! I can’t wait to see the peacock butterfly! When I photograph them I usually find a good spot to sit near one of their favorite plants and click away. Thank goodness for DSLRs!

    • Thanks Karin – I’m trying to get half as good as you with the pictures but it might take a long time! I have some very funny bird photos that are so out of focus I call them “Blurreds”!

  3. You could do a late sowing of french beans. I agree that butterflies never stop still long enough to capture them with a camera – what you need is a long angle lens – or so the experts tell me.

  4. Beautiful sunflower! I am jealous of your garlic too, I haven’t tried it yet, and I love it, it’s on my spring to-do list!

    • It’s garlic but it’s dried the same way as onions. Ideally leave them in the sun to dry out and let the air circulate. I’ve previously laid them on a mesh frame or hung them up in the shed. We have so much rain here though that they can’t be left outside uncovered!

  5. What a lovely sunny surprise they’ve planted with their wee mini trowels (hehe). If I were a tiny bird, I would have picked that exact same spot. I’d fly in every day to adore my masterpeice and enjoy the delicious scent of the sweet peas near by. Then if time permitted, go say hello to Womble….not to close though.

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