It has been a very wet week indeed. I haven’t minded too much because it has helped the garden spring to life. On Sunday we went to Farnham Farmers’ Market. Normally I’m excited to buy lots of nice food but this time I was after plants from Pepperpot Nursery.
I picked up St. Johns Wort, Soapwort, Lovage, Sage Painted, Cardoon and Echinacea. It started chucking it down with rain as I was plating them so most are still sitting in their original pots.
The ‘ready made’ marigold plants I bought are starting to flower and the yellow ones are amazingly bright! So bright in fact, I’m surprised they don’t glow in the dark.
The Montana Miss Christine (clematis) is flowering. Before the flowers open the petals are pale green with a dusty pink stripe – in some ways I prefer them to the opened flowers.
And the Guernsey Cream clematis is flowering too. I need to find the critter munching on the leaves.
Flower buds have started to appear on the borage. This plant has grown like a beast since we put it in a month or so ago.
The bluebells are finally starting to do something! We’ve seen lots on our walks so I was worried ours weren’t going to flower, especially as this is their first year in. But it looks like they will afterall. I don’t think there will be as many as I’d hoped for as the wood pigeons have trampled a few.
And the wet weather this week has helped the marigold seeds germinate. Its taken about 3 weeks to get to this stage.
I was poking around the raised beds and found some flowers on the strawberry plants! Already! In previous years they haven’t flowered until June.
We were at Borough Market on Saturday and I got this little Bay bush for £4. I really wanted one for the garden so I’d have fresh leaves to cook with.
I kept finding twigs in the raised bed and couldn’t work out where they were all coming from. It turns out the house sparrows have been collecting them for their nests. When I find a big one I laugh to myself because I can imagine them trying to wrestle it under the guttering!