It's right up there with early morning and after a rain shower. The wind from the day has usually calmed down, if it's been cloudy often the sun will peep out and the bees are still humming, busy to their tune even after a full days work.
Columbines in front of calendulas and potatoes
The greenhouse is seeding like crazy! Beetroot, snow peas, broccoli and radish..I was really tempted to save some home grown seed for sprouting (from rocket and broccoli), but I'm finding the plants are impossible to keep contained while they do their thing. To yank, or not to yank, that is indeed the question.
I have summer crops to sow, you know!
However, I do enjoy the broccoli flowers. The bees love them too! They are so bright and cheerful even if they do tend to take over every possible inch of space..
The young fruit trees are sporting some serious spring-time fashion. Water bottles tied on string. The middle daughter thought it was to slowly give the tree a drink, which I loved the thought of! It's actually a sneaky technique to lower vertical branches and bring them down to more of a horizontal position, in the hopes of encouraging fruiting action. Do you do this on your fruit trees?
|An infant pear tree undergoing the bottle treatment. Note: don't overload bottles with water, young branches can snap while smug gardeners are tucked up in bed asleep. Not a comforting sight to wake up to the following morning!|
Cabbages are doing well. The white cabbage moths were sighted today so I think it might be time to break out the Dipel (which I've never been game to use, but I've been assured it's safe and organic).
Aphids are feasting on roses..
..in the presence of this guy..
Does anyone 'buggy' out there know what he is? And does he happen to like munching on aphids?
Please say yes, please!
We don't seem to have any ladybirds yet. Sob.
My old favourite, freckles lettuce, has seeded all through the garden. This one made it to our salad bowl tonight..
And I know I need to trim the sage...but I can't bear to cut it while it's still in flower!
The bees just love it and so do I!
What's happening in your garden, balcony or pots at the moment? And what's your favourite time to inspect the action?