Sunday, 3 May 2015

Darling Buds of May Bank Holiday (2015)

The mini summer we had in April has evaporated and the last couple of days have been cold, grey and damp. So much so that for a couple of nights I've lit the Rayburn again. But then, if you didn't have a drop of rain, nothing would grow.


The blossom on the fruit trees seems to have appeared almost over night. Everything looks so much fresher after the rain. A little bit of joy amongst the scrabble of branches - a cherry tree weighed down with pink blossom. It was more left there, than planted there and has certainly come into its own this year. We'll be lucky if we get any cherries - the birds usually get there first, but the flowers are stunning.


That's a Crab Apple (Malus)  tree from down at 'the Mill'


 I love it when all the wild flowers grow where they will. Nobody can design a garden like that.


Stitchwort, wild strawberries and violets in the hedgerow.


And a bank of wild primrose.


I found this fungi growing at the top of the garden. It's got a thick cream coloured stem and a black sort of net toadstool head. Does anybody know what it might be? Looks a bit sinister?


A quick tour round my veggies (for John & Mary in New Zealand)
Rocket new potatoes are just starting to come into flower.


The cabbages the munchkins bit off earlier have grown again, sometimes with two little heads so ... 'It's an ill wind .... ' as they say.

 My broad beans are in flower. I sifted a little dressing of lime on them. They seem to like it OK. Well at least they haven't died so that's a bonus.


Runner beans are starting to go up the sticks.


Five Shirley tomatoes have got yellow trusses. Got fleece wrapped around them to keep out the wind.


A square of Little Gem lettuce.

Bye for now. Have a good week. x

19 comments:

  1. I do believe it's spring here, too, Molly. Fruit trees in bloom, but no vegetables in yet. No matter, I'll take any spring to be found.

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    1. Your garden looks really lovely.

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  2. Your vegies all look good. Love the primroses. We have just been on a most enjoyable Parkinson walk. Will post some photos. Last week we all got drenched but today it was lovely and sunny.

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    1. Loved looking at your photos.

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  3. The mushroom is one of the Morel family; highly prized! Now that I know they are growing in Wales, I must go and look here. Your veggies are looking good, all mine are outdoors, so a little behind.

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    1. I looked it up after your comment, Cro. It looks just as you say, I'm still not brave enough to eat it all the same

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  4. Suddenly there's so much growth and it's pleasing to see vegetables coming on. You also have the pleasure of the wild flowers in the nearby hedgerows. It's sunny here today after a few days of cold, showery weather so some gardening might happen later in the day if it keeps dry.

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  5. Oh Molly...look at your garden grow. We've hit 'Sprummer' here and things are starting to grow. The buds on the trees are starting to open and the grass is looking woolly. Come on summer.

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    1. Ours as mixed with a bit of Sprinter - weather turned a bit cold, wet and very windy.

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  6. April was unusually cold here but May has been brilliant so far. However different our weather patterns have been, the result is the same. The fruitless fruit trees (hybrids) are all in bloom and this past week was the prettiest week in the year and the one I look most forward to seeing and enjoying.

    It was nice to see you back on Blogger again, Molly. You were missed.

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    1. Thank you. It's a lovely time of the year.

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  7. As ever, the weather doesn't know quite what to do with itself this Spring, but it's good to have some rain in our rather parched region. The vegetables are coming on well, but I think you should avoid that mushroom Molly!

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  8. You’re well on your way there, it seems. A poly tunnel makes all the difference. All the produce looks good, good enough to eat in fact.

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  9. Your veggies are all doing so well! I have a few herbs planted but they're just sitting there waiting for spring. this time next year they should be lovely mounds of leaves.

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  10. Hi Molly,

    Your greens are very beautiful ! The primroses are gorgeous!! The cherry tree is lovely! The rain water and clean the plants!

    Cheers, Sandra

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  11. Hi Molly, your garden is amazing! I would like to eat your veggies. They look scrumptious!

    Cheers, Sandra

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