It's surprising how motivating a spot of sunshine can be. Beautiful, beautiful sunshine this morning (after a bit of a chilly start) and thus I was out in the garden being a Flower Soldier, which is what the Japanese word for 'gardener' translates into. Isn't that marvellous? I like the idea of being a Flower Soldier, don't you?
Anyway, before I go all Flower Soldier on you...ta dah!
The front of the quilt is complete!
I popped into town first thing to get some batten and some backing material for quilt completion but the shop I went to only had enough batten to fill a cat-size quilt which is no good to anyone unless you are a cat. The shop lady said there would be more in later this week so I shall have to hang on a while longer yet. But the front is complete! Hurrah and bless my poor little pinholed fingers!
So, into the garden.
Some flower seedlings. I am attempting to grow more flowers this year. You know how I like a flower or two.
Inside the greenhouse I sowed tomatoes (2 varieties), cucumbers, courgettes (4 plants - yes, I know - crazy!), basil and runner beans, and potted on some of Andy's collection of chilli peppers. We are on target to have probably more chilli peppers than we'll know what to do with especially as I don't like them. Same with aubergines...
...which have been growing on the kitchen window sill in a crazy aubergine frenzy. I'm not sure where we are going to put them all but we'll tackle that aubergine mountain when we come to it.
...in their cold frames - rocket and pak choi! The radish are also coming up but I couldn't get them in the photo because of technical issues i.e the garden table was in the way.
This is lovage. I get it confused with angelica but I have to remember we uprooted the angelica because it grew into a 12 foot tall triffid and dominated the herb garden and looked like it was eyeing up the kitchen as a good place to move into. But I can never remember that the lovage is called lovage so I have to go through the herb alphabet - angelica, basil, coriander, dill etc - until I reach 'l' and then I go, 'LOVAGE!!! That's what it is!' Anyway, you can see it is sprung with the Spring.
In fact, the whole herb garden is doing well. The massive bay tree, the lemon balm, the French tarragon,curry plant, sage, cotton lavender, mint, rosemary and oh, whatsit...thing...aniseed, borage, chives....LOVAGE! (That's the badger!) are all thriving. I put this down to Andy's excellent herb bed construction four years ago. You might also see there are some willow canes in situ ready to have runner beans climbing up them in a few weeks.
On t'other side of our little garden, the lavender walk. This sounds rather grand but I reckon if I can take the liberty of calling our three bed semi 'Much Malarkey Manor' then I can be grandiose with the half a dozen plants lining the path!
And finally, Primrose (on the left) and Camilla (by default, on the right) in the sunshine and all gloss, fluff and feather, confined to the back half of the garden in order that the lawn may attempt a recovery from their excessive Flower Soldiering last year. They are very cross about this especially as a foot from their spiky chicken beaks is fresh grass a-shooting, aided by a liberal addition yesterday of some grass seed. I am also not letting them anywhere near the fresh leaves on the gooseberry bushes. I am quite keen to have the gooseberries myself this year.
A little bit of sunshine and the world seems a better place!