Monday, April 2, 2018

March brings ......

............breezes, loud and shrill,
To stir the dancing daffodil.

The Good

Two birthdays for our family with Bethany turning 9 at the start of the month end Ellie 3 towards the end. They both had new clothes as their presents from us and we can't wait to see them for a week's holiday at the end of May.

Rain-dodging became my new sport and I managed to get lots of work done in the potager. The raised bed system comes into its own when it rains a lot as it drains well and doesn't result in sticky clay as open gardening here does. We are redoing the pathways and the ground being wet helps with that. So while lots of people couldn't get going I had beds prepared and, in the greenhouse, started seed sowing. The autumn sown broad beans and garlic are looking great and I transplanted the spring sown broad beans that had been brought on in the kitchen. Potatoes are chitting and this year I am going to try a new growing method with them - more on that in April.

The chard keeps on giving

Spring sown beans in front and Autumn sown behind

Garlic and one of the new paths

A major path overhaul

Tomato seedlings

A major event for the club of the third age - our money raising Grand Loto open to the public. Everyone rallied round and a healthy profit made top our funds. We are also busy rehearsing for our variety show which we put on every year at the beginning of May and that is shaping up very well again this year. 
The Bad

The rain, wind and grey skies just wouldn't go away. Luckily Kevin managed a grass cut because soon the ground was squeaking like a full sponge. It also brought more illness for Kevin, this time bronchitis that didn't respond to the first course of antibiotics and meant he had to have a course of daily injections at the house. Very depressing and meant I was the in-house chef. I don't think I did too badly and even made a curry for the first time in my life!

The other.

I had two orchids in flower. I know nothing about cultivating orchids and am learning as I go along. My friends bought me my second one in September for my birthday and after it had flowered my inclination was to cut off the stems but I just never got round to it and lo and behold two flowers emerged.When they had finished I cut down to the next bud and lo and behold new flower stems are growing - chuffed to bits.

A bientôt.

1 comment:

Sandie Clayton-Smith said...

Your posts always sound so cheery and positive! After such a wet winter it's lovely to see life appear! You are doing wonders with your veg patch! Well done ❤️🌻