‘Loveliest of trees, the cherry now is hung with blooms along the bough‘ A.E. Housman A Shropshire Lad
The pear tree, too. Beautiful.
I suppose it had to happen: we’ve been luxuriating in warm sunshine for so long, it was easy to forget how tricky the weather can be at this time of year. Yesterday it was 7 °C, grey and gloomy with snow forecast on the hills; it’s a beautiful sunny day again today but frost is forecast tonight. 😦 I just hope the tunnel temperature doesn’t drop too low at night and shock the plants Roger has planted in there this week.
There are still plenty of tender plants to go out once all danger of frost has passed. I’ve given some courgette and squash plants away but they don’t seem to look any fewer somehow.
As for those anchocha ‘Fat Baby’ I’m wondering if they were a good idea.: I can well believe the marketing blurb that says they can cover a shed in a summer. They are threatening to take over the sitting room and I daren’t plant them out until well into next month, by which time we may well be trapped in the house or in need of a machete . . .
In the kitchen garden patch, the mixed lettuce, rocket and oriental leaves are going well and there are two rows of healthy-looking beetroot seedlings. The carrots and spring onions are through, if still tiny. The ‘Natria’ organic slug pellets I’m trying this year seem to be doing a grand job, although the real test will come when the weather switches to warm and wet – but in the meantime, so far, so good.
The potatoes are through the ground and will need earthing up later today if we are in danger of frost.
No such problems with the broad beans and peas, tough little things that they are. The top patch is starting to look like a real veg garden at last.
We have enjoyed several decent pickings of purple sprouting, it’s so good to have fresh veg from the garden again and there’s nothing quite like those melting green stems.
I really don’t like shopping and am not given to impulse buys but couldn’t resist this seed mix from Aldi – just the thing to fill up a long skinny planting space down the side of the tunnel. Planted a week ago and there are already little things germinating.
As for my last impulse buy in France, I can’t believe how quickly these morning glory have germinated in the warmth of the tunnel. Don’t want to get too excited but there’s a glimmer of hope . . .
Also growing like crazy in the tunnel are the climbing French beans.
No sign of lemon basil but the green variety is through along with a good sprinkling of radicchio.
I’ve planted the patch opposite the kitchen garden with a wide variety of ‘wild’ stuff, ranging from a flowering green manure mix to the Co-operative’s Plan Bee pollinator mix. At the front I’ve scattered some poppy seed sent from Finland last year – thank you, Anja. I’m hoping for a blaze of colour and buzz of insects in the summer.
Talking of flowers, it’s definitely been tulip week in the pots and borders.
We’re still discovering good things here: a bank of bluebells and several clumps of kingcups have brought a smile to my face.
In the tunnel, the ragged robin and greater knapweed seed I sowed last week has germinated; I’m determined to increase the number of native species here and keep the garden semi-wild. I thought there was no need to sow Welsh poppies, they are everywhere but so far they all seem to be the orange variety (meconopsis cambrica aurantiaca). In our previous gardens they have all been yellow and I have plenty of seed saved so time to sow for a little variety.
Finally, a question: when is green not green? Answer: when it’s blue. I couldn’t wait to get started on painting the summer house but only had time to do a first coat on the railings last week – and I’m really disappointed.
By no stretch of the imagination is that the ‘Gentle Sage’ green on the front of the pot: try ‘Pale Duck Egg’ instead (even worse, it looks like a depressing battleship grey from the top of the garden). So, back to square one and time for some colour mixing before the second coat goes on. No time to tackle it today (sadly, lesson planning beckons . . . I shouldn’t really be blogging, to be honest!) so it will have to wait. In the meantime, I’ll avert my eyes and concentrate on the pretty things in the garden. 🙂