Pops and I are off to the allotment this morning to plant out runner beans and mange tout. I will update you with an occasional post on plot number 10, if you like. Suffice to say that there isn't much going on up there at the moment. Just lots of plastic covering much of the plot, in order to help kill off the couch grass and get the worms to do their thing. We have dug over a small area, and will go for it later in the year.
The two photographs above illustrate my garden nicely right now.
There is a constant flurry of activity on my part. And lots of stuff about to break out and party. Seeds that I have sown are potted on or put out into the garden. I sit on the decking, and am endlessly transplanting seedlings into bigger pots. Forty five Cosmos plants, for example. Many have now been planted in the garden. It's going to be very busy out there this summer. I have given some to Olly's nursery. My garden just isn't big enough.
The Tulips have all but finished, but the Anemones are still going. They are popping up in the planters to say hello. There are doubles and variegated colours to add to the usual red, white and mauve this year. The Clematis and Honeysuckle are in bloom. A cascade of colour draped over the fences. My dream of covering that once bare expanse is very nearly complete. Just a few bare patches, but they should have disappeared by next year.
I have succumbed and bought a couple of packs of bedding plants. Mainly Snapdragons. I saw a tall white variety on sale in my local diy store. They were on offer. Resistance was futile. I adore them. They remind me of childhood. Sadly the Hollyhocks haven't returned. I had hoped for self seeding loveliness, like the beauties in the garden up the road from me. I may have to buy a couple of packs from the garden centre. I still have my birthday voucher from my Mum.
The Delphiniums are still little seedlings in the greenhouse. I'm worried that they took too long to germinate, so won't be ready for the garden. But then I remind myself that it is only May, and they may just be a little later this year. As the garden warms up, it will accommodate them I'm sure. It's all part of my vision for a cottage garden. My favourite kind. Haphazard, blousy, full of the sounds of pollinators.
This morning I have hung some bunting. And I am thinking of some solar fairy lights to string through the shrubs and along the fence. The bunting looks a bit twee. I love it! The lights will be pretty twinkling in the warmer evenings to come, I think.
Off to open up the greenhouse. It is starting to smell of tomato plants in there. Heady and aromatic. Promising red fruit to go with the salad leaves. I can't wait.