Things are really speeding up now. Despite having no rain for weeks, the bare soil in the garden is disappearing as the herbaceous perennials fill out and the tulips are looking stunning scattered through the beds. So weeding and edging are the main jobs at the moment, there are plenty of annual weeds to pull out and the bindweed and ground elder are on their way.
In the vegetable garden the potatoes are ready for earthing up, that is bringing the earth up to cover and protect the emerging shoots, and some of the early seed sowings have grown enough for planting out. The strawberries are starting to flower and the first radishes are perfect for harvesting.
Salads and mangetout are out and the more tender tomatoes, beans and squashes are sown. I’ve even managed a bit of successional sowing with the next lot of mangetout in pots. I just have no luck with direct sowing peas, I think mice must eat them. New this year for me will be bulb fennel and baby turnips.
In my parents greenhouse, they are away and it seems a shame to have empty spaces on the bench, I have started my blooms for bees dahlia seeds and cosmos Versailles and Purity.
As well as the tulips the garden is filling with colour from the blossom on the pear, above, and cherry trees to the blue of brunnera and forget-me-not in the border. All set of beautifully by the acid green of the newly leafed hedges. Peonies next, I can’t wait!