Quite contrarily is my answer! After the slug onslaught the aphids have arrived. Blackfly on the dahlias, nasturtiums and echinops and greenfly elsewhere. It hasn’t rained here in yonks, the onions are ‘delicately’ sized and the parsnips are refusing to play ball. They are tempting me with one or two possible cotyledons but maybe I am deceiving myself. I continue to water in hope rather than expectation. Let’s see if there are any silver bells or cockle shells to be found:
The containers, planted up in May, are coming along well. Cheering me up on the whole, until I realise they are verging on the dessicated!
The carrots, that were also proving a little reluctant, finally came good in a third direct sowing. This time I cast them onto the soil and sprinkled a little potting compost over the top. Who knows why they decided to germinate this time! I just have to keep them watered now.
The courgettes, bought as small plants from the Finchley Horticultural Society plant sale, are no trouble. Oh, I forgot. They do need watering. But maybe the drought conditions will keep them on the manageable side. The lovely flower and yellow fruit cheer me up on the way to the parsnip inspection.
The gooseberries had quite a late pruning and the crop does not seem so bumper this year. But is this because I have yet to net them from the birds? Sigh, I do have a lot of netting to do. The blackcurrants, which I really took in hand – thinning them out ruthlessly – are doing well. They are beginning to ripen, but you guessed it, they haven’t been netted yet either.
Contrary, but in a good way, is the lemon tree. Looking for all the world like it was dead and gone after a good chilling in the greenhouse over winter, it was subjected to not one but two cut backs and has responded well. The glossy green leaves and the beautiful scent coming from the one or two flowers it has put out more than make up for the odd shape. Good to see.
A rose, Scepter’d Isle. Absolutely lovely. These are my pretty maids all in row!
I hope your plots, veg patches and gardens are giving you joy. There are lots of superb photos of the strawberry crop out there on twitter, which are underlining the need to replace my tired specimens, inherited from previous owner and cropping poorly. Visit The Propagator, our host’s blog for more gardening encouragements: good things we can aspire to and duff things that we share the pain of. No grammar corrections please! 🙂