Summer has arrived!After months of mainly awful weather, a drought followed by incessant rain and grey skies and temperatures that hovered in the low teens, we are finally enjoying some sunshine and warm weather. I have even been wearing my sunglasses and a summer dress today!
This weekend we have been able to get into the garden, which has looked more like a jungle with weeds enjoying the wet and reaching new heights. DH did some digging and I removed a lot of weeds.
We have now planted some veggies, at long last. I didn't think we'd get anything in this year and, although the soil is still too wet to stand on, we have planted some climbing French beans (green and purple varieties), salad leaves, pak choi and basil plus parsnips and curly kale for the winter. Monty Don said on Gardeners' World on Friday that it's not too late to plant things - and in fact when I succession plant I find things usually catch up with each other and all arrive at the same time anyway.
We'll go to the garden centre on Tuesday (after I've been to the dentist, oh joy) and buy some seeds for perpetual spinach and a courgette plant and then that'll be that I think although I do need to get a new batch of strawberry plants, mine are about exhausted and did next to nothing this year.
We keep finding rogue potatoes and the ones DH found while digging today were very tasty with our lunch! Here's a picture of one glorious rose that survived the deluge, a gorgeous little harvest that we'll be having for supper and other highlights in my garden this weekend: