The plants are coming on but I am not risking planting them out just yet.
May 15th and my mum’s birthday today (I have sent her some flowers through the post from wigglywigglers.co.uk hope she likes them) it is normally quite warm by now. So much so that I am often lulled into a false sense of security and have been known to plant out some tender plants. That is so not going to happen this year, the unseasonably cold weather and illness has forced me to plan rather than plant.
This morning I have been planning where my veggies will go this year, looking at previous years planting plans to decide what should go when in the whole crop rotation thing. After lots of crossing out I finally have a plan, just need to feel better and some good weather please.
Well there has been changes in the coup, little Gertrude sadly died during the winter so we bought two more girls Gladys and Edith
So then there was four, well things were tricky at first we neede to keep the oldies and newbies apart during the day. There was much squawking and nasty behaviour until a pecking order was established.
All was well for a while….until Daphne started display rather odd behaviour, she started to crow like a cockerel. This was never going to work, our neighbours are far too close. So a friend suggested someone who lived in the countryside who would kindly adopt her. She has lived there happily for the last year until she died peacefully last week in her favourite dust bath.
Things didn’t end there! with the matriarchal hen no longer around the dynamic in the coup changed and the newbies started picking on Geraldine. Things got so bad, we thought we might lose her because she looked so poorly! We had to do something fast, so we bought a rabbit hutch for her to sleep in and sectioned off the run. She was in such a bad way, only able to walk for a few steps before she fell over, we were sure she wouldn’t last the week. Well I am amazed and delighted to report, that even though we had the coldest winter since 1962 she is still with us. She comes out into the garden regularly with me chatting happy chicken chatter.
Last year was a manic one, the year started with family illness and then the garden was a venue for a wedding! was flat out planting like a mad thing planning not only my edible garden but a garden full of beautiful flowers too.The wedding was very much a gardening theme, so creating a magical space for family and friends to celebrate was vital.
If you cast you mind back to last spring it was very warm early too early! then chilly and really wet. I kept my sweet peas in the greenhouse for longer than normal but they were planted in their big pots and this worked very well. Unfortunately despite the wedding being at the end of June many of the plants were not as established as I had hoped but never mind. We were blessed with only a small shower then the sun came out and we partied until late.
Then the rest of the summer happened rain, rain and yet more rain! I had a good harvest despite this and vases of flowers filled the house into the autumn.
It has been awhile since my last post apologies etc… the garden has been my main focus over the last couple of months. So not just an edible garden this year but also lots of flowers good for cutting and full of scent hopefully. It has been a challenge this spring and early summer, the weather has been to say the least unpredictable. Hot days in March, hosepipe ban followed by lots and lots of rain after I bought the much needed water butt. Another super hot week then cold wet May into June the seeds were planted and heaps for plants purchased (pretty much every time I went shopping I came home with something!) and now just need them to grow together in three weeks….. fingers crossed.