In the garden after rain

What a strange and frustrating season we’re having: an almost constant stream of grey cloud and gloom punctuated by occasional sunny spells and a cool north-westerly breeze taking the edge off any real warmth. The hillside opposite is burnt up as though we’ve had weeks of hot sunshine and drought and the garden is dry, dry, dry. It’s raining now, though – good, strong downpours of warm rain in heavy showers and I can almost smell everything growing. In a break between showers, I couldn’t resist a quick walk with the camera, enjoying the blackbirds’ songs and sweet scents of summer (albeit a very British one ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

'Latino' courgette: nutty and crunchy, delicious raw and cooked.

‘Latino’ courgette: nutty and crunchy, delicious raw and cooked.

The squashes are starting to march across the garden . . .

The squashes are starting to march across the garden . . .

. . . and are forming little fruits.

. . . and are forming little fruits.

We are eating colourful salads every day.

We are eating colourful salads every day.

Sarah's Egyptian walking onions are getting very interesting!

Sarah’s Egyptian walking onions are getting very interesting!

The 'Greyhound' summer cabbage have survived the pigeons' onslaught.

The ‘Greyhound’ summer cabbage have survived the pigeons’ onslaught.

We are picking 'Early Onward' and 'Douce Provence' peas daily now.

We are picking ‘Early Onward’ and ‘Douce Provence’ peas daily now.

Picking blackcurrants is another daily job - although the blackbirds are helping with that one.

Picking blackcurrants is another daily job – although the blackbirds are helping with that one.

Plenty of these little beauties, too .

Plenty of these little beauties, too .

Our new bees (see Bee Happy page) are flying well between the showers.

Our new bees (see Bee Happy page) are flying well between the showers.

Wild flower patch.

Wild flower patch.

Tough love: a savage pruning has done wonders for the neglected roses.

Tough love: a savage pruning has done wonders for the neglected roses.

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Can't believe my luck but the morning glory is . . . glorious.

Can’t believe my luck but the morning glory is . . . glorious.

My crazy kitchen garden.

My crazy kitchen garden.

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6 thoughts on “In the garden after rain

  1. Great that you’ve got bees again! Does that mean you have time and money? Love all your wild and not so wild flowers. We definitely need to have more colour here, the flowers in our new wild flower border are about to open – I hope they’ll look as good as your wild flower mix. Sounds like you have the same weather as us (and not the Wimbledon weather). At least we don’t have to water anything, but the beech trees are looking positively autumnal with all their leaf scorch. Had our first carrots today – hooray – and more artichokes for dinner. Our Egyptian onions from Sarah are looking exactly the same. I hope they’ll start walking soon!

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    • Time and money? I wish!!!! The bees came from my Dad who split one of his hives earlier this year; as he says, it’s a great way to stop them swarming. All we have to do this year is help them build up into a strong well-stocked colony to go through the winter. It’s lovely to have them, I’d forgotten how fascinating they are – and there is nothing quite like the smell inside a hive!

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  2. Our Egyptian onions are somehow more compact (I don’t mean shorter); they are just forming the top bulbs and I’m debating with myself whether to have a dinner with salt-and-sugar flavoured braised Egyptian onions or to plant the bulbs to extend the patch.

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      • Braised it is, then. They are amazing looking things but I can see how they could take over (although the squashes are currently doing that, one is trying to climb an electricity pole and cross the stream. . . ).

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