It feels (temporarily at least) that summer's here already. Today it's been baking hot since around half nine. What bliss! With all the horrendous things happening in the world right now, especially the desperately sad events in Manchester it's important to celebrate the day to day stuff that makes life good. Family, friends, a hot sunny day, time spent in the garden. As you can see from the photo above I'm gone a bit overboard with the tomatoes.
I sowed lots of seeds last year, you see, and virtually none of 'em survived to give me delicious toms. So this time around I sowed more than I needed, thinking some wouldn't germinate. But of course they all have, and now I need to get a wiggle on re-potting them into Grow Bags and large tubs.
A friend's husband kindly donated some other plants for my back garden. Michaelmas daisies, a splendid foxglove, a dogwood shrub that'll hopefully flourish in a damp, shady corner where so many other plants would wither and die. Plus a clump of perennial sunflowers. I've planted various things in the back garden now - some verbenas and borage, Swan River daisies (which look very bedraggled) and some Echinops grown from seed too. I've got my work cut out keeping everything watered, especially the thirsty courgettes and tomatoes, and probably spent over half an hour watering yesterday evening. Not exactly a chore though when the evenings are so light and warm.
I doubt you'll be able to make them out on this photo, but I eeeked! with delight when I saw teeny tiny yellow squash growing on what I'd assumed were regular courgette plants. If they get to any size these squash should look like futuristic yellow UFOs.
I've planted these broad beans three to a tub, supporting them with bamboo sticks and string so the wind doesn't damage them.
This area of the back garden's actually got plants in it now, so I'll take more photos later on today. I've also been moving mini thyme seedlings, planting them in cracks between paving slabs and bricks. I'm uncertain whether the delicate little things will survive the move, but if they do the thyme should soften those harsh stone edges. I just pushed a small amount of potting compost in a gap between two bricks or slabs, then bedded a thyme seedling into it, and watered generously. I'd photograph my efforts, but you can barely see the seedlings as yet.
Hope you're enjoying your dose of sunshine, and let's all be extra kind to each other in these hard times.
Moved from a garden-less city flat in the South West to a Yorkshire village in 2016. I now have a garden ... of sorts.