See what I did there? Ok, I know it’s far from original, appearing in any number of publications every Easter since forever, but I couldn’t resist! It’s also inaccurate as far as I’m concerned because I haven’t had an egg, chocolate or otherwise. I did pop to M&S today though because I had a craving for a hot cross bun. As well as the regular bun, I ventured into the exotic and got chocolate and salted caramel too. Until today I’ve eschewed these peculiar versions as some kind of Easterish crackpottery, but Oh. My. Goodness it was good!
I think I’m a little bit giddy from how good this weekend has been. How different it would’ve been had the weather not bucked the normal bank holiday trend. It still would’ve been good, but in an inside kind of a way.
Today in my greenhouse, with the window open, it’s a balmy 27.9°.
Look at that max number though! That was yesterday when, for reasons relating to alcohol, I didn’t make it out into the garden until mid afternoon. Even my poor Sunflower seedlings were wilting in the tropics! I opened the window, left the door open and watered everything and everything seems none the worst for their blast into desert life. In fact, the Red Brussel Sprouts are most definitely sprouting. There’s also signs of life in the Yellow Courgette and Rainbow Swiss Chard pots.
A couple of the Sunflowers are probably big enough to plant out, but I’m going to wait until we’re back from our holiday so I can keep an eye on them every day. I think by then the Sweet Peas and Cosmos will be ready to go out too, and there should be no danger of frost.
I’ve had a pretty productive weekend in the garden, but I have also made sure I’ve spent some time sitting on the bistro relaxing and appreciating the progress made.
Today I was intending to not do much outside, but I couldn’t resist! I swept up all the fallen leaves and next door’s conifer droppings from the patio areas and around the raised beds, and it looked so much tidier for a couple of hours until it got breezy and I found myself in a blossom storm. It’s next door’s tree and we seem to get the bulk of the fallen blossom, but, unlike the conifers, I don’t mind that because it does look pretty both on the tree and on the ground, and because it’s so delicate it disappears quickly once it’s fallen so requires little tidying.
There’s even blossom in the potato bags which I topped up with compostthis morning because they were all sprouting.
I found new homes for a couple of sale table plants. I picked up a Buddleja in Wyevale. We want to attract as much wildlife as we can so I’m hoping the butterflies will like the Buddleja. I found the perfect spot for it where it will get plenty of sun, at least for some of the day, but is against a fence so should be adequately sheltered.
I got this Pippa’s Purple Hellebore from Notcutts back at the beginning of March and it’s been growing really well in its pot. I wanted to find a spot where we can see it from the house because it will provide some much yearned for colour in the Winter and early Spring. It even has pretty leaves.
Something that won’t have pretty leaves for much longer if I’m not careful is one of my Lilies. It has Lily Beetles!
They’re very pretty, but they’re eating my Lily! I’ve been picking them off whenever I walk past, but they come back. I don’t want to kill them and I don’t really want to use insecticide. Dilemma! So far they haven’t found the other Lily.
Everything’s growing so well, it’s just a joy to be outside at the moment. We have plenty of colour pops around. From where I’m sat now on the bistro, I can see pink Anemones, orange Geum, purple Grape Hyancinths, red Erysimum, white and purple Lunaria, blue Pratia and the flaming leaves of the Pieris. If I turn my head I can see the last of the Daffodils, the Bluebells just starting to flower around the edge of the bistro and, of course, the blossom.
There’s even a white Bluebell. Not sure if it is a Bluebell because the clue’s kind of in the name, but it certainly looks like one.
The Strawberry plants are starting to get flowers as well.
There’s enough sun on the solar power sensor to set the water feature going. It’s so nice sitting here in quiet companionship with the backdrop of birdsong and the trickle of the water. However, I can also smell someone’s barbecue and it’s making me hungry so I may have to go in and have the other half of the chocolate and salted caramel hot cross bun.
I hope everyone’s Easter has been just as eggsellent as mine and long may the good weather last.