Firstly, thank you for for all your thoughts about the weather, which I enjoyed reading. We all seem to enjoy all types of weather if we are dressed for it! As the sun made an appearance this week, we enjoyed spending some time in our garden.
The cutting garden is bursting with flowers - all of the flowers in the collage, I have successfully grown from seed. It has made such a difference having a greenhouse and so far we haven't been visited on a daily basis by over a hundred slugs and snails on the lawn (as we were in our previous garden!). We haven't had to resort to slug pellets, which I hate using. The only protection we have given young plants is surrounding them with used ground coffee or clean cat litter. Like a popular restaurant I'm sure it won't be long before our plants are too good to resist!
|From top right clockwise Cerinthe major Purpurascens, Malope trifida Vulcan. Cosmos Cranberries and Zinnia.|
This is the first time I have grown this variety of cosmos and the ruffle flower heads are so pretty. It is so good too to have the house full of flowers too.......
and also enjoy them in other parts of the garden.
This beautiful rose that we inherited has been wonderful with a continuous mass of blooms.
From the vegetable garden we have been enjoying lettuce, rocket,spring onions, spinach and broad beans. Many of the tomatoes and peas haven't got much further than the garden before being eaten! This week we have also eaten our first potatoes, it is so good to eat so much fresh food, grown so close to home!
The crop of cultivated blackberries are also looking so attractive at the moment.
As always some things in the garden don't go according to plan. The sweet peas that I grew from seeds collected from last year's plants have looked quite weedy. I failed to give them a good helping of well-rotted compost to get them started.