I made my annual pilgrimage to my favourite place this week. There is something very special about walking through the Fruit Field at RHS Wisley
. Hundreds of apple varieties to see.
Varieties you have heard of, and many more that are unknown. Truly a feast for the eyes.
Doesn't this make your mouth water? Plenty of windfalls to .....er... examine! Really interesting to compare different tastes of different varieties.
Then on to the model vegetable garden. Despite using a pheromone trap to lure leek moths, even the Royal Horticultural Society can't avoid leek moth damage
. This is a worrying development, I love growing leeks, they are a Winter staple. My crop have been badly damaged. Other than completely netting the whole crop there seems to be no cure for this problem.
and reassuring to see that they have slugs too! If the best gardeners struggle with this problem then I don't feel so bad about mine now.
Their hundred weight pumpkins
are looking good, grown on wooden pallets.
I came back with an idea I have been mulling over for a while. Several places in the vegetable garden there were rows of flowers for pollinating insects. A row of Lavender
to encourage the bees to pollinate the squash and pumpkins.
A row of borage flowers
to bring the bees on to the strawberries and the rest of the veggie patch. I might just give this a go!