I feel like I’ve barely been here for weeks! Firstly a lovely weekend away with my daughter and then a week in Italy has meant this last weekend has been the first I’ve spent on the island in a month. Goodness know when all this happened, but look! It’s all happened!
On a slightly more negative note, the dear OH, has occasioned this to happen. The decking outside the office was becoming increasingly unsafe and, as we had builders in doing other work, he kindly instructed them to take the decking away. I can’t say I’m exactly thrilled that we’ve lost our terrace just as the weather’s changing, but hopefully we can conclude discussions about its replacement and get cracking. Hmm.
My absence has meant progress on the Veg Patch has been extremely limited. There are some broad beans under the cover at the bottom but everything else is way behind – including the weeding.
As previously noted, the Agapanthus in the strawberry bed are threatening to squeeze out the strawberries. And the Diving Lady is looking increasingly like she needs a machete to find her pool.
In the Swing Beds, after last year’s dismal performance, the tulips have come up trumps. The larger, blousier ones are T. Pink Impression, with the rather smaller, softer ones ‘Menton’.
In the Grass Bed the N. ‘Peeping Jennys’ are over and have been replaced N. ‘Lieke’ and T. ‘Green Star’. Sadly many of the grasses (Stipa tenuissima) do definitely look like they’ve died over the winter. I’m still deciding whether I’ll replace them or come up with another plan.
In the Mid Century bed I added ‘Night Club’ tulips to the existing ‘Merry go round’ and ‘Queen of the Night’. These latter two are returning for their third year, which is great as so many tulips really aren’t perennial.
In the Bronze Bed the N. ‘Yazz’ are still blooming but the ‘Jimmy’ tulips seem to have largely disappeared this year.
The Wisteria is out along the front of the veranda and the scent is heavenly.
In front of the greenhouse I’m very disappointed with these tulips. I’ve had the same Narcissus ‘Bellsong’ in these pots for years but have bought various tulips to accompany them. This year’s ‘Mango Charm’, firstly, don’t look anything like the ones of the same name I bought last year, but also don’t look remotely ‘mango’ and are instead an insipid pink. The one tulip I do like is the oddity which has turned up in the middle!
Inside the greenhouse is utter chaos. Although I have moved out some tender plants since this photo was taken, there are still pots and pots getting in the way of seedlings and cuttings.
Even more sadly I still haven’t planted out my winter flowering sweet peas (languishing half dead in the foreground). I was picking bunches by now last year. Silly Jen.
In large pots I have various dahlias sprouting, including some new large orange ones to go in the bed outside the greenhouse.
And to finish a rather more pleasing pot. This is N. ‘Blushing Lady’ and, would you believe, T. ‘Blushing Lady’. Clearly nothing goes better with blushing ladies than more blushing ladies!
With thanks to Helen at the Patient Gardner who hosts our End of Month Views.