Summer weather has finally arrived! We usually get spells of sunny, warm weather in April /May but this year it has been rather chilly - until this week. We've a whole week of good weather forecast - maybe even ten days of warm, dry and sunny conditions. Yippee! I've been getting caught up on weeding and general garden work. I'm also hardening off plants, starting with the beans (cobra, dwarf purple queen and scarlet emperor), and then moving to pumpkins, courgettes, squash and kale. Many of my other seedlings are still quite small so I might grow them on a bit more in the glass house / sun room before planting them outside. Photos below are updates around the garden - focusing mainly on flowers and fruits.
Left: Lupin should be in flower soon. Two of my favourite cottage style plants - lupin and delphinium.
|Annuals - Snapdragon and Silverdust grown from seed last year and still going (never died down over Winter). They're slightly straggly looking in places but I can't bear to pull them out.|
|Silverdust growing in the middle of...? |
I was thinking bluebell but bluebell flowers droop so not sure what the purple flowers are. Any ideas??
|Lilac shrub is in flower. It's so pretty!|
|The self fertilising apple tree blooms will soon be finished. I'm still picking off green and black worms. More on this in a few days.|
|Thornless blackberry - I really need to take better care of it. It grows rather wild.|
|Above: Gooseberries are starting to form. |
Below: Red Currant bush. Last year I didn't get any berries. I've been trying to rejuvenate some old plants. Maybe this year I'll get some berries.
|Corkscrew Hazel / Harry Lauder Walking Stick - come Summer it will be covered in crinkled-looking leaves and becomes less interesting. Much more interesting in Winter.|
|Above and below: Rowan trees are in flower.|
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