This morning J is busy with the rat room, which needs redecorating, so I spent a bit of time doing some gardening tasks – nothing major, as we’re in a bit of a lull before the summer annuals are ready. So there was a bit of deadheading of daffs and tulips, and some sorting out of the veg trugs, plus I have started off some begonia corms, though without too much optimism.
The veg trugs have moved to the patio, and I’ve rigged up some netting over them. Everything’s growing well, though there will need to be a bit of thinning out soon. The netting looks a bit Heath Robinson and I’m not entirely sure it’s an approved method, so we’ll see if it actually works.
Lettuces and radishes in this one:
We’ll be harvesting lettuce soon.
Beetroot and strawberries in this one:
I’ll be adding the beetroot leaves to salads too.
One of the things about ordering plants from catalogues is that you get freebies, and I’ve had two lots of lilies and one of cascading begonias. One lot of lilies is already in a pot and starting to sprout but the others are still waiting for a suitable container – I have a pot, but it needs a bit of patching as it’s plastic and has a few cracks in it. The begonias are a bit more of a challenge, I’ve never grown any from corms so had to resort to Google to check what to do, but they are now in pots. I’m not overly optimistic that it’ll work but we’ll see.
Otherwise a lot of things are doing well at the moment. The back garden is looking colourful:
Had to get a photo of this tulip before it goes over – I love the delicate reddish edges to the petals:
The alpine containers are looking respectable, and the gentian and black viola are starting to flower.
I might think about splitting some of the low spreading alpines to create a bit of space.
Dicentra are both looking good, in pink:
The nemesia is flowering:
Heucheras all looking lovely, just a taster here but I might do a full survey of all of them soon:
And the fruits and herbs are all looking good – rosemary:
And I need to apologise to the goldfinch who keeps trying to have a feed of nyger seeds but flies off every time I open the back door! Maybe I’ll get a photo at some point.