So far so good. It would seem the boffins found the summer switch and turned it on. One week we were wrapped up warm in beanies and socks with overnight lows of 9C and then the next week it was 26C in the house and too hot to decorate the Christmas tree. Now it is starting to feel like Christmas. That blast of heat you get as you walk out of an air conditioned shopping mall laden with gifts and goodies, that’s the festive spirit we need more of.
The garden is also enjoying the heat. Things have begun to pick up and flourish finally, instead of sitting there sulking and refusing to move in any direction. The tall peas have stretched up to fill the netting. But they did it with stealth and I didn’t notice how big they were until I looked at a photo from a few weeks ago and got a bit of a shock.
The flowers have settled in nicely and are starting to bloom. I have to remember why they are there though and actually harvest them for the vase. If they are anything like peas then the more I pick then hopefully the more I’ll get. But there is such an elegant grace about them that it feels wrong to harshly decapitate them for my own pleasures. I will need to strengthen my resolve – flowers are to be bought inside.
I do remember having this kind of dilemma with veggies when I first started growing them. I couldn’t bring myself to actually eat them. I went to all that trouble to grow them and I wanted to admire them for a bit, have friends notice them by my not so subtle positioning in a basket on the table, in a shameless attempt at seeking praise for my efforts. By the time we ate them they were ever so slightly past their best. We are much better at it now. Food is on the table within minutes of harvesting, and it tastes so much better that way!
You may have noticed an increase in audio visual activity lately. This is because I have begun a weekly garden round up on my You Tube Channel, which is in turn being shared with an English You Tube Channel website – The Horticultural Channel bringing a bit of sunshine to gloomy northern winters, so I thought I’d share this with you too. I hope you don’t mind.
The harvest is beginning to make its presence felt and my trugs are getting filled often. The irrigation system plans are coming along but I’ll explain it in more detail soon. I have done some succession planting and I’m so proud of myself because I am normally terrible at this and leave it too late or just completely forget. The beds are mostly weed free and I feel this strange sense of control. Although we know this is just an illusion. Gardeners are never in control.
Come again soon – I think my beetroot might be ready… already?!
Sarah the Gardener : o )