Yesterday morning, my son got me up at 7am and DEMANDED to inspect his spring onions right away. They aren’t looking all that great – although we did find one tiny carrot.
We are planning to sow carrots next but our builder needs to dig the bed up (including my herb garden) to locate and fix a leak in the basement. He can’t do that until it has been dry for about a week so I can’t decide whether it is worth just going ahead and sowing them on the grounds that it is NEVER dry in the Isle of Wight for a whole week. So it will never happen.
Looking round the rest of my garden, it’s looking okay. Quite a few of the plants I whined about last month have started perking up – so they aren’t all dead. However, I have a lemon thyme and some marjoram that needs replacing. Also, all that calamintha nepeta I had at the front really is totally dead. I’m considering putting a Californian Lilac in their place – bees like that well enough, right? Or, perhaps a hydrangea? Something like this?
One of my rosemary plants has suffered quite a lot in Storm Katie – massive great branches of it have been ripped off. I hope it survives. Yesterday, I saw a bee on one of my other (horizontal) rosemary plants, which made me extremely happy.
My son and I had a go at scattering some poppy, cornflower and wetlands seeds in the wildflower meadow. I don’t know whether they will all take (particularly as my son tends to throw the seeds on top of existing plants, rather than the soil) but that is okay. The wildflower meadow is an interesting one – some things seem to be doing really well but others (like the white rosebay, which I had been told was RAMPANT) have disappeared altogether.
I’ve had some fun putting compost around my plants and generally having a tidy up. My new buddleia plants are doing really well but the hydrangeas don’t have leaves out yet – perhaps I pruned them too hard. The plan for this weekend is to plant some sunflower seeds with the kids. They should be more rewarding than the spring onions.