3rd June - Arrival of Summer, with tropical temperatures one minute and chilly winds the next. All makes planting out seedlings tricky: do they need shading, or do they need wind protection, until their roots recover from transplanting?
One bed of Brassicas on #146 get so much direct sun that the plants, which are quite substantial now, need an extra cover of debris netting so they do not wilt by the end of the day. All this despite regular and thorough watering.
are nothing if not versatile, so we do our best to make sure the edibles keep coming throughout the year.
The header photgraph today is part of the verge opposite my house, which has been transformed from a scrubby, litter-filled area to this glorious
picture, by the ongoing efforts of Clive & Theresa. Other have helped, incuding Abi last year, and his special tree is planted at one end, although you can't see it at this angle. What a lovely addition to the neighbourhood!
Harvest Monday starts with a collection of gatherings: small Bouquet Garnis made by one of my granddaughters:
Sage, Lavender, Rosemary and Calendula flowers. A lovely mixture, which she took home with her.
Broad Beans have now finished flowering, so this is the last crop of immature pods from these
plants and now there are the beans themselves to look forward to. The tops of the plants, which were nearly as tall as me, had some green aphids on them, so these were cut right down to the level of the pods. This should also help the plants focus on bean
production rather than growing more foliage
And Elderflowers are giving a fantastic floral display this year: this foraged harvest was steeping in gin as soon as possible after I came home. The Elderflower
and Mint Vodka is now filtered and bottled, and so is the first batch of Eldeflower Gin. I shall be making the most of the seasonal loveliness in the coming week