On gardening, the joy of sunshine and the zen of cutting grass
I love May in the garden. I know that one hint of warm weather doesn’t mean that ‘summer is here’ and that we’ll have lovely weather for the rest of the summer. I know that there are many rainy days ahead, days when I’ll have to get my mac back out and remind myself (again) that I really do need to buy a new umbrella.
But wasn’t this past weekend just stunning? The sun came out and it was warm but there was a breeze and it feels like everyone was out with a smile on their face.
When we originally bought our house, I was most excited about the garden so that we could grow some fruit and veg. I love the ability to go outside and pick my own food to eat. We have herbs most of the year, but summer is when the garden really comes into its own.
This year, that’s still a huge excitement for me. Our strawberries have spread further again, our black raspberry cane is regrowing, we’ve already planted some tomatoes, and I’m going to experiment with things I buy often enough to make it a huge savings if we manage to make them grow: aubergines, mini watermelons, pumpkins and cucumbers. We’ve also sewn some mixed leaves seeds, and inherited some new yellow raspberry canes, so we’ll see how that all does.
As well as edible goods, I’m also excited about the forget-me-nots and some new succulents. We were given the forget-me-nots by a neighbour last summer, and they have self-seeded all over the place, which fills me with pleasure. And the succulents were also a gift from a neighbour – I can’t wait to see if they take root.
But the best bit about the garden was unforeseen when we bought the house. It provides literally endless entertainment for the kids – put them into the garden and they can play for HOURS with no need for interference from me. Which means I can make the odd cup of tea and read the paper in the kitchen, watching them through the door. And when I go out we can play side by side – them, digging and filling up cups of dirt, me, digging and planting and cutting the grass with scissors (instant zen, I swear).
We love you summer! More of the same, please!
If you’re thinking of what to plant in your garden or on your windowsill, I love Suttons for getting my plants. That’s an affiliate link, but doesn’t change my recommendation. I usually order plugs, because I’m generally too impatient to grow things from seed. They arrive when they’re 3-4 inches tall, and unless they’re dug up by foxes (which happens too often for my liking), they do really well.
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