Today we had an eruption, but it was a bit of a “go nowhere” eruption – it was only a big ash plume – no rocks the size of mini’s being tossed or bubbling hot lava and the main bit was over before it started. Exciting, but not terrifying!
For the last couple of days the weather has been verging on something that resembles summer. There is a mounting excitement as summer not only brings warmer weather and longer days; it also brings the end of the school year and Christmas. The kids are starting to get that restless excitement that is synonymous with the beginning of summer.
At least the kids can run about outside now. Although it hasn’t always been like that. A mere four days ago it was cold, wet and miserable and no-one went outside. There was no point – it was too yucky and then the next day was brighter with no rain, but a wind that would have taken you to a whole new location if you wore anything remotely baggy. My peas took a real hammering – it looked like elephants had been dancing in my pea bed. So while it nearly feels like summer, I’m not trusting the weather just yet.
I think it has been a colder spring than usual and my plants – instead of growing frantically, are just sitting there in their holes in the soil – shivering and refusing to move. But they are all shivering together as everything is now in; including the beans, as I finally got them planted. I sowed two of each kind, and there are 12 climbing beans and 9 dwarf ones. That’s 42 beans in total, not counting the row of red kidney beans. Not bad considering we don’t like beans all that much!
So despite the great excitement beyond the boundaries of my garden, within them, there hasn’t been a lot going on. Having said that, yesterday I got Hubby the Un-Gardener and the boys to plant out their Giant Pumpkin Seedlings. I love how they get all competitive, boasting how they will have the biggest, yet in between these momentous moments – sowing seed, planting out and the big weigh in – they don’t really give their plants a second thought and it is all down to me to keep them alive. Well that’s the way it’s always been – maybe this year will be different – Nah… probably not!
I have started to take my panoramic photo once a week so I could see if there was any actual growth. But then I looked at the photo and realised that I couldn’t see passed the peas as they were too tall. So I came around the other side and took another photo in the opposite direction, so now I have the garden covered.
I have harvested a whole load of artichokes and we spoiled ourselves by eating the largest ones in front of a movie, dipping each leaf into melted butter. It was better than popcorn! It’s a bit of a shame Tim the Helper is quite allergic to artichokes, because eating them is great fun!
It’s all really a bit boring now for a while as we just wait for things to come ripe. Sure there is weeding and watering to do, but that’s hardly the heady exciting days waiting for seeds to germinate!
Coming again soon – something exciting is bound to happen – or I may be forced to make something up!
Sarah the Gardener : o )