Green and gold

What a week!

Apologies for the long gap between posts. King of the Hill and I both took the week off work for a last push on the house, culminating in the fitting of carpets through half the house. It has been a long and hard week, but at the end of it our house is finally becoming a home. The computer was decommissioned for most of the week, and indeed there was very little time for the garden or writing about it. But we did find the opportunity for some work outside.

In the greenhouse, I collected the drooping flowerheads from the mixed French marigolds (tagetes) which are still blooming happily away. Once the petals are dry the heads hang towards the ground, ready to fire their arrow-like seeds into the earth.

Back in the house, I cleaned the seeds from the gathered flowers: gently pulling the dried petals from each capsule to draw out the long thin seeds, then discarding the petals themselves.  These plants are prolific seed-bearers! From the dozen or so surviving plants in the greenhouse, I must have collected thousands of seeds, and these were only a fraction of those available.

I’m not quite sure what I shall do with so many seeds – a dozen or so plants will more than meet our needs next year as companion plants for the greenhouse tomatoes. Does anybody need any mixed tagetes seeds for next year?

I also potted on the spring cabbage seedlings that I sowed a few weeks ago in modules in the greenhouse.

These are a combination of Durham Early and Spring Hero cabbages, and shall go into the ground in the next few weeks to overwinter, once we have some space. The calendula seedlings that I sowed at the same time were ready for potting on too.

Outside, we made a start at painting the house to protect it from the winter weather to come, and started to clear some of the debris of building with the help of a skip. The last of the sweetcorn was harvested and in their place we kept a small bonfire burning for a couple of days with waste bits of wood and cardboard that were unfit for the woodstoves.

We’ll be back to work this week, and usual blogging should resume while the remaining work on the house can continue now at a more leisurely pace. I hope that everyone else had a great week – I look forward to catching up with my reading in the next few days!


7 thoughts on “Green and gold

    • Hi Mike, thanks for your comment. Our hard work is definitely borne of necessity! I’m looking forward to a little laziness now. 🙂 After almost two years of painstaking progress while camping amid the dust and debris it’s a huge relief to finally be turning the corner! Carpets are amazing; to be able to walk about on soft carpets in light bright decorated rooms without having to wear shoes – indeed without having to watch for missing floorboards, proud nails, piles of render, plaster, sawdust etc. Quite undescribable!

  1. Dear Sara, How incredibly industrious you are, but how rewarding that at last your house is really becoming a home. The arrival of carpets must certainly be cause for celebration, especially ahead of the cold dark days of winter.

  2. Dear Edith, Thank you for your encouragement as always. It is a great milestone for us. Warm carpets and roaring fires will indeed be greatly appreciated as the weather turns cold and damp.

  3. Glad to read about your carpets, we are going into the first Winter in this house with wooden flooring (with heating!) in the living room after 4 years of concrete and cheap lino. It makes such a difference you must be really pleased and I’m glad you got it done as the weather is turning, it must make such a difference, worth all the hard work.

    Hope it all continues to go well. Bethx

    • Hi Beth, you must love your heated wooden floors, so warm and tactile after concrete and lino! It’s going to be our first winter with central heating, last year we just managed to have wood stoves fitted in time to keep the worst of the cold off, and the central heating was only finished in the spring 🙂 We have (unheated) slates down through most of downstairs which are a bit chillier than wood or carpet (but very practical for our rural location), and we still have to finish grouting/sealing/cleaning them but I’m looking forward to getting that done soon too.
      You’ve just finished quite a lot of work on your house too, haven’t you, so you’ve been through all this already! Hard work, but the results make up for it in the end. We’re lucky that it’s just the two of us so we’re not having to juggle small children too, that would have been really hard!
      Sara x

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