Freddie hasn’t been well for the past few days which meant a couple of sleepless nights and a midnight visit to GP but he is on the mend now. But I am exhausted and for the first time I actually created myself a bed on the grass in the garden and just lay down there reading and dozing off while the little man was asleep in his pram. The book is I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith and it was the perfect novel to read on summer days in nature.
I got looking around and decided to put my flowers in vases again, there are a lot of them and the good old deadheading means that they just keep growing. Also, the dahlias are coming back, it will take some time yet but the beer traps worked a treat and slugs are on the decline.
I picked calendulas, roses, lavender and thyme for one vase and sweet peas for a jug which scents the kitchen in the most delicious way.
Calendulas and sweet peas are perfect for self seeding or just collecting seeds, all you need is one bag of seeds and this will supply you forever. Lavender is super easy to grow from seeds and a small bag will cover large areas, I was really surprised, I always imagines lavender to be impossible to grow, and you can also grow it from cuttings with a little help of a rooting hormone.
There is also a tiny harvest of blackcurrants which will make a great muesli topping after stewing with a tad of sugar.
I picked the last of broad beans, note for the next year – double up! And the peas are ready too, so sweet, also double the amount next year.