All going wonderfully and too fast!

It’s all growing – growing so fast I can’t keep up. Our potato plants are huge, with leaves billowing over the old compost bags (wow! our compost must have been powerful) and we’ve now got flowers – good sign. Our fruit trees are looking beautiful with lots of little applets and pearlets and plumlets; we’ve even got blueberrylets and strawberrylets. Our green leaf beds are doing well: last year’s rocket is powering away, this year’s sowings of lettuces of various kinds are taking well, cavalo nero and chard seedlings are in and happy after the rain and beetroot seedlings, planted with two enthusiastic school children about a month ago, are doing well. We’ve got beans and courgettes surrounded by marigolds and the leeks and onions, sown earlier in the year, are growing well.

Slugs and snails are a bit of a problem this year, but the grease bands around the fruit tree trunks seem to have worked – amazingly. Certainly the station trees are doing better than my own plum trees which have been badly attacked by rosy aphids, and I forgot to give them the grease band treatment.

And we’ve got hanging baskets of flowers: finally, Marlene has persuaded us by bringing hanging baskets and seeds, that it might be nice to have some colour around the place. We planted them up a couple of weeks back with petunias, geraniums and lobelia and put in plenty of water crystals and absorbent lining. They drip onto other pots when we water them.

It’s all lovely – May this year has been such a wonderful month of transformation. A cold and wet April meant we had a slow start this year, but May has given us hot days and lots of rain. It’s all been happening very quickly, so quickly that I haven’t been able to steal the time away from the gardens to post photographs of everything that’s been happening. That will have to wait …

Meanwhile, Mark has cleared the pipes down to our water butts so we should have a good supply of water with a couple of downpours forecast. It’s all happening …

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