Well, didn’t we have some glorious weather last week. I left work and went straight to the plot, office clothes and all. Put my anorak (anorak what a classic word) on to save my clothes and sunburn! Not so good this week though……Never mind hopefully that isn’t the summer been and gone!
So, I have been plotting away next to the Ex Hulk. Bit odd I must admit but around others he acts perfectly normal. Anyhow, my plot is coming along, the spuds and onions are in but the Wedding Flowers, Oh my goodness I am so behind. The problem is the same old: time and space. I live in a flat at the moment with no greenhouse, garden or space to grow. However, I have some seedlings in my bathroom but am yet to sow any seeds! Shock horror. I have been a bit of a Wally and I have got my seedlings mixed up. Good old google and plant knowledge have helped me here…….I think. At my old house there is a little plastic greenhouse that I am going to steal! Well, The Hulk has two poly tunnels. I am sure he can spare it.
The flat I live in is on a farm and to my delight I am greeted by a little Lambkin every day. Her Mother rejected her so she is being hand reared. Gosh, she is adorable. bounding round the yard. It makes your heart melt. Bless.
I actually do not like Rhubarb but when I see it some odd obsession comes over me that I must A. Pick it. B. Share it and finally C. Actually cook some for me. I have to confess the last lot went to waste. Last night, I did in fact cook it with demerara sugar and then I put honey over it. I love honey so it was a hit and one of my five a day along with the fruits in a red wine and some home grown rocket. Nothing finer than fresh leaves grown by your true self. I am actually growing the leaves for Spencer (My Canary) but it is good to share. Now, there is another story. Me and good old singey songey Spencer have had a visitor in the shape of a Mouse. It has been waking me up at all hours and I have actually seen it sitting in his seed dish munching away. I purchased a humane trap because obviously I don’t want to kill it and it probably isn’t healthy for Spence. Spence seems happy enough though and you can hear him as soon as you enter the area to my flat entrance. Spence is my fond name for him, when I cannot hear the telly its Spencerrrrrrrrr! Anyway said Mouse did no more than jump up and over the trap. I saw said Mouse do it. I had my Grandkids at the weekend and my eldest who is only into phones etc piped up with ‘Nanny why don’t you put the trap where the Mouse is getting in ?’! LOL. I felt so ridiculous but guess what? Mouse no more!
I have weeded the Wedding patch and need more space. I have some self-seeded ‘Love in a Mist’ in there and some Larkspurs so I do not want to dig them up as they will be stronger plants. It is my intention to go to the plot at the weekend and clear some more dead space to allow for the sowing of the plants whose seeds I haven’t sown! And as for the Wedding outfits. God only knows. I have one frock that I fell in love with, this has daisies and cornflowers on it, which would be good for the festival part if it wasn’t just above the knee. At my age wellies and an above the knee dress isn’t going to work especially as there will be tippsiness! As for the ceremony dress, all the dresses at the moment are Spring dresses. The wedding is at the end of August. The festival is a couple of days after, we could have marvellous weather but it is so unpredictable. So the stress of nothing to wear and no seeds sown are not good medicine for the Mother of the Groom.
As well as space needed for the Wedding flowers, I also need space to grow crops. My plot before The Split from the Ex Hulk was mainly flowers, with a Dahlia patch, a Praire patch, a Wildlife pond and an old fashioned Rose bed. I also have a wonderful Cherry Tree and some soft fruit bushes. However, I want to grow Peas, Kale, Broad Beans, Beetroot and Carrots. Therefore, I am going to have to do some jiggery pokery and make space! I cannot face shop produce as it really doesn’t taste the same, will have to continue with the likes of Red Wine to get part of my five a day. I just realised that the Blueberry bushes and Medlar tree are on The Hulk’s patch….More stealing…..I helped plant and care for them.
I believe that gardening is good for your mental health an excellent escape from this hideous world we live in. People might be able to take lives and make rules that we all do not agree with but no one can take Spring and gardening away from a person if they so desire. Remember guys and girls life is what you make it, get out there and get some dirt in your nails! Just remember to clean them before work!
I have been to the woods to see the wild flowers and to a garden to see the Tulips. Truly lovely. Bird watching has come to a standstill I am 62 species, need 200! I saw two Swifts or Swallows at the weekend but it was such a quick glimpse, they just flew over my head so I am not sure which they were……Very annoying! No chance. Lili decided to take a dip in the pond! Bougainvillea is coming on a treat, hoping it flowers. My Living Stone has had babies! There is a lovely wild Violet growing by my pond. I love Spring!