After introducing you to my garden a month ago, and telling anyone who stood still long enough to stop being feeble mimsies about the rotten weather, I have to confess, it's getting me down. In the North East of Scotland this June we have been living in a cloud. And I don't mean it has been like living in a cloud, in the manner of some exaggerated metaphor, we have actually been living in a cloud. We get this stuff called haar, sort of sea mist that means that you can't see as far as the hand on the end of your arm. A colleague had to sleep on our floor a few weeks ago because the airport closed due to poor visibility... in June for kerissakes, the height of midsummer. He missed his wife's 40th birthday in London and I think she might hate us for ever, simply by association. Mind you she's never met us, so there's an off-chance she'd have hated us anyway.
But yesterday, for a few glorious hours, the sun made an appearance so I could catalogue progress in the garden. I've grumbled all month about how nothing's getting enough sunshine to grow, weeds excepted of course (you know when you've said something negative so many times to so many people that, even as you're saying it, you realise how much of a bore you're being? As if anyone gives a flying duck that your sweetcorn has succumbed to snails - seriously - put the kettle on and shut up woman). And then when I get a chance to go out and take some pictures, compare them to the pictures in last month's post, I realise that I've been talking crap all along. The garden's gone berserk, just not with anything terribly useful.
So here we go. Update at the start of July 2012. Let's start with something pretty.
|the most beautiful thing - I'm so proud of these babies|
|can't remember the name of these, but aren't they purty|
|alchemilla and oriental poppies rescued from the rain, brought into the house for an stunningly beautiful hour, |
provoked three days of craptastic hayfever in everybody, and were relegated back to the garden again
Generally the perennial stuff (is that the right word? veggies that come back every year?) is doing amazingly - raspberries, rhubarb, chives, mint, cardoons, apples. But anything planted from seed is seriously failing to thrive. The peas are only inches high. The sweetcorn is, as previously mentioned, a total failure. And the most idiot proof of vegetables in my experience, the courgettes, are in a serious sulk. They're all still there, or there-ish, it's just hard to believe that there is enough summer left for the bucolic abundance of previous years.
|anyone ever eaten cardoon? I believe you can, but I'm nervous...|
|the raspberry and cardoon "wall" obscuring much of the rest of the plot|
|bumble bee central (though they're camera shy and I don't have a close up lens)|
|wild strawberries, discovered by chance, doing better than almost anything else|
|broad beans do at least have flowers on, some progress|
|sulky sweetcorn, spring onions and courgettes|
|peas at last starting to do their thing, but still only just|
|the scene behind the raspberry/cardoon wall - definitely more lush (though no more productive) than last month|
So, midsummer has been and gone, and so far the edible tally from the veg plot this year is rather disappointing:
Yes, that last one was intentionally in the singular: carrot.
Me and The Boss couldn't wait, we had to have a wee peek at the carrots. One nibble each of this tiny critter. It kind of sums up that lack of progress this month. But who knows, maybe we're in for some warmth in July - fingers crossed!
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