That was the week that was in it – it was just too hot!
We had the rain last weekend – and it was very welcome – but the week quickly changed to clear days and scorching sunshine with 26C here on Wednesday afternoon. Common sense would have told me that it was not suitable weather for gardening but it was the week I decided that a stretch of griselinia hedge needed to be seriously reduced in size, 60cm off the height and 30cm from each side. This produced an amount of heavy material which then had to be shredded and added to the compost heap. After cutting the grass and also adding that to the heap it was simply roasting, pretty much the same as myself each day this week.
There were some more enjoyable and less demanding aspects to the past week: We had a good picking of blackcurrants which were semi-processed in preparation for making ice-cream when the humour takes us. Strawberries are also producing very well and being enjoyed fresh but we will, no doubt, put some in the freezer for jam or ice-cream. Mange tout peas are the star performers of the vegetables at the moment and British Queens potatoes are just beautiful while runner and French beans are into flower so should provide beans shortly. There has been an excellent set on the apple trees this year so I look forward to those later in the year.
Now, to what’s looking nice at the moment – it’s too hot to be longwinded:
Finally, for this week, a little tribute to those ever so easy to grow poppies – Papaver somniferum – which self-seed in the garden, pop up wherever the seed happens to fall and, because they cross with each other, invariably produce different and interesting forms and colours:
I’m sharing this blog with a group of fellow bloggers who contribute to a “Six on Saturday” theme which is hosted by “The Propagator”. To read more contributions go to The Propagator’s entry for today, scroll down to the comments and you will find other bloggers have posted links to their Saturday entries there. Lots to read!