Well hasn’t this bank holiday just been beautiful? We’ve had blue skies and pure sunshine for 3 whole days and I’ve enjoyed snippets up at my favourite place plus a trip to Parham Gardens! (blog post to follow shortly)
It’s been far too hot really to spend much time in the garden but I was one determined girl. We’re off setting up shop at the RHS Malvern Spring Show this Wednesday until Sunday and then every weekend for the next 5 weeks we’ll be touring the UK… so as you can see we’re going to be a tad busy. I wanted to tick a few jobs off my list before our hectic work schedule begins and they included planting out some flower seedlings as well as weeding the fruitcage and direct sowing a few seeds. So off came the sandals and on went the work boots!
Honesty and Ammi Majus were the first lot of seeds to be sown in the greenhouse this year, since the 11th of February they’ve been growing happily away, potted on and are now ready for the big move up the allotment. The flower border has had a slight change this year and one I am so excited about. Instead of randomly placing flowers I’ll be growing them all in rows so I can keep an eye on the variety and any direct sowings, I planted out 3 short rows of Honesty and had to change the amount of rows of Ammi Majus as my asparagus is growing right where I needed to plant them!
Whilst I was there I sowed another row of radish inside the tank, this time I chose ‘Bacchus’ which is a beautiful purple variety and it’s joined both ‘China Rose’ and ‘Sparkler 3’ which are growing amazingly well. I also started the huge task of tidying up and weeding the fruitcage, a job that always gets pushed to the back simply because I never tend to go into the cage at all this time of year so it often gets forgotten about.
The sweet peas also went out this weekend, something I would have liked to have done in a week or so but because we’re going to be snowed under with work I took the opportunity to plant them out now. This year I’m planting them out in pairs, a wise gardener told me that sweet peas will grow better with a friend so I thought I would experiment. They’ve been pinched out and have been bulking up nicely, I’ve spaced them out on the archways more so than previous years so I don’t over crowd the area once the munchkin pumpkins and climbing french beans join them. I just can’t wait to see the archways covered with greenery and flowers!
I came home that day completely covered in mud and sweat but I can’t explain how happy I felt. The allotment is slowly coming together and although I didn’t quite finish weeding the fruit cage I know that I’ve made a huge dent with the weeds and that makes me happy inside. Soon more seedlings will be planted out and I am so very excited to start harvesting my own fruit and vegetables from plot 15c, plus part of me is looking forward to having a break and finding some time to sit here with a book and enjoy all my hard work…