Apart from berries we are enjoying some delicious cherries from our local Lebanese shop. I find cherries to be very tricky to buy, they are usually half rotten, full of worms or just watery so I was overjoyed to find some fresh and tasty ones.
We started to harvest spinach, mizuna, broad beans, peonies and sweet peas. The house is fragrant with the peas and our taste buds are tickled by the freshest beans. Freddie manages to eat all the wild strawberries very fast, he also loves peas which are nearly ready and he even eats the tart gooseberries way before they are ripe.
The front garden is looking better and better. It was a shocker last year, we didn’t have a direction or time to take care of it. This spring I decided that it must be done, last autumn I planted some allium and iris bulbs, I slowly added few perennials this year after careful planning: lavender, sacculents, peonies, hydrangeas, more irises, verbena, aquilegia, rose, rosemary. I also kept borage and nasturtiums that self seeded in huge numbers, I actually had to remove lots and lots of plants to keep it tidy. I added a small basket of nasturtiums and a pot of hydrangea at the entrance (I swap the pots so there is always something in flower like hyacinths, tulips, geraniums etc). The key was the mammoth job of weeding, a weed killer was used in huge amounts by the previous owner so the weeds came back with a vengeance. At first I weeded every week, then it became every other week, once a month and now I only do it every now and then. It was worth all the effort, perennial weeds are gone and the annuals go after light raking. There are still huge gaps left for the flowers to grow and be filled by other plants but it looks organised, healthy and so much better.
The back garden is still very green, strangely peonies opened exactly at the same time as calendulas and clashed terribly. But things are looking up even with the slug infestation. I ended up replanting the dahlias into pots and set few beer traps, slug soup to be expected tomorrow.
The greenhouse got a small makeover, well, I tidied it, made the space more useful and hubby built this rather smart tomato planter.
Before and after.
I bought chocolate mint to add to my collection and it tastes like After Eights. Sweet peas and sweet Williams in vases, Freddie’s doodles on the kitchen surfaces (and pencil on the living room wall!)