7th June 2019
The wildflower patch is looking better than it ever has with a sea of oxeye daisies looking towards the sun - when it is out. The weather is unseasonably cold but dry, not good growing conditions. We are getting nightly visits from a rabbit family and have had the two remaining rudbekia plants decimated. The polytunnel is producing! Carrots, coriander, lettuce, radishes and more to come.
The ramshackle mess of rotten trellis and old rose bush has gone. Left is November 2018 and right is June 2019. The lower bed is home to one of the acer trees and the japanese painted ferns brought from Warwick. Some temporary fencing has been put around the upper bed as the rabbits are being a real nuisance, eating the centres and new shoots from some of the plants. Never seem to touch hydrangeas though.
Last year the wildflower patch was taken over by the knapweed, so far this year it is the splendid oxeye daisies. The yellow rattle is also prolific but at a lower level and not quite in full bloom yet. Encouraging for us!
The electric pump installed in the water butts has made watering inside the polytunnel much easier, as long as we don’t keep having dry spells! The usual tomatoes, cucumbers and courgettes are all showing well in the middle bed, plus some dwarf french beans. The coriander on the left has been exceptional too. We’re also trying broad beans inside as well as outside this year.
The hedge we created last year using leptospermums has flowered and is a magnet for bees. But not our honey bees, which have short tongues as opposed to furry-type bees which have long tongues. We are still learning a lot about bees! There are now four proper hives in operation in the garden and all appear to be thriving.