Gosh – is it a month since I laast posted – that’s terrible.
Anyway as you might imagine there have been a lot of developments over the last month especially as the weather has been mostly good, with a few exceptions. Indeed it’s been so sunny especially the last couple of weeks I’ve had to get the hose out and it has been used in earnest a few time. Having said that, we’ve had rain today (quite welcome actually) and it has been mostly cloudy the last couple of days, and tomorrow doesn’t look to be much better.
The really big effort has gone into the flower beds with loads of annual bedding plants going in and a fair sprinkling of perennials as well, especially as quite a few didn’t make it over the winter.
A couple of pics of the flower borders – it was cloudy so colours a bit dull
Right now the lupins are just coming into flower, which is good as it’s the first winter I’ve had lupins survive so well (after several previous plantings), and of course lots of the bedding plants are in flower.
Meanwhile on the vegetable front I’ve just about recovered from the terrible germination period, only in some cases by buying in seedlings. Laughably, I now have too many courgette and cucumber plants as many of the second sowings germinated! Only one more of my tomato seeds produced though, a ‘gardeners delight’. Also causing me much embarrassment is the germination of several sweet pepper seeds after I’d already bought some seedlings – I’m trying to work out where I can put them and the courgettes/cucumbers since there isn’t room in the greenhouse.
It’s the same story with dwarf/french beans where I’d bought a pack of seedlings then plenty of ones I’d sown (second batch) decided to appear so they are in two other beds now. At least the second sowing of the climbing beans produced seven seedlings, and they are already out in one of the beds. A third sowing looks like at least two more plants might become available.
More dwarf beans….
The mangetout peas have been a bit better and around ten plants ore out and already climbing up twigs, with another four or so almost ready to join them. I really need to plant another pot full now to keep things going.
The salad area didn’t look too good, particularly as I couldn’t seem to find the time to do any sowing initially. So again I bought in some ‘lollo rosso’ lettuce seedlings to mean that I would have something at least, and now they are just about big enough to start harvesting some leaves. Subsequently I did plant three rows of mixed salad leaves from three different packets, and of those two have produced but the third nothing. Just the other day I sowed a row of ‘pak choi’ from an old pack of seed so we’ll see if any of those come up. A couple of rows of ‘rocket’ near the kitchen have produced one plant! I’ve resown one of the row to see it I can get some more…
The broad beans are now producing pods so some of the early ones should be big enough to eat in the next few days (the whole pod)
My potatoes (desiree) are through now and have been earthed up as far as I can in the restricted bed:
Not pictured above are the courgettes and cucumber plants under the ‘cold frame’ (door), one of the plants has baby cucumber already.
The last review of the trail cams a couple of weeks ago revealed (apart from the cats) that hedgehog activity is pretty intense now, with at least two and probably three going backwards and forwards plus one sighting of a fox.
The birds have been active and there are at least two robin nests in the hedges, as I could hear the chicks and the robins were pretty keen to collect food from around me when I was gardening. The dunnocks seem to have nests as well somewhere in the hedges. No ‘unusual’ birds have appeared recently though but the dunnocks, tits and robins are all going through mealworms at a great rate.