It was great to finally be able to enjoy a bit of gardening yesterday after being cooped up indoors for ages due to the miserable weather.
Predictably the only thing that's really doing well are the weeds that have sprouted everywhere, so I did some hoeing, but the soil is so damp it wasn't easy!
The first lot of mangetout peas I sowed in the guttering got planted out. I'm trying Shiraz (T&M) this year, the first purple variety apparently. We have a big problem with wood pigeons here, there are far more than a few years ago and last year they stripped the leaves off my newly planted peas overnight, despite the forest of sticks I hid them in. I've covered this lot with netting which looks awful but I can't think what else to do. I'd love to know what other people do to keep the b***ers off!
In the next bed the first row of broad beans (Witkiem Manita) are growing away and I sowed another row yesterday.
The fennel is looking lovely and fresh. It does self seed everywhere, but I love it for adding some height to the garden
In the greenhouse everything is coming on well. The climbing beans, (Borlotti and Cosse Violette) have had to be re-potted with canes as it's still too early to plant them out. Last year I thought it was ok then we had a frost in the middle of May that killed them off. The dwarf ones survived with some little tunnels and lots of fleece over them, but I didn't manage to protect the climbers well enough and had to start again.
The courgettes and squashes are doing well, and the sweet peas are getting pretty big. The only disappointment this year is the tomato seeds "ildi". Only a couple have germinated out of about 6 but the Gardeners Delight ones are doing ok so I'll just stick with them.
Elsewhere in the garden the apple trees are starting to blossom
And the cowslips are loving the wet weather.
The birds are all busy finding food for their young. I found this eggshell on the grass, blackbird's I think. Such a beautiful colour.
Seems like we've had our bit of sunshine for a while. It's chucking it down again. Never mind, I need to get on and paint the cloakroom now hubby has finished taking all the old stuff out and tidying it up. The new basin and loo are ready to pick up so I should get on with it!