Whilst plotting on Monday morning both robins were my constant companions, often at less than arm’s length away at eye level on the canes or down between my feet! It was clear that they were feeding youngers as they rarely stopped to feed themselves and usually flew off with beaks full of insects. The pair at home have been equally busy and earlier in the week I thought that I saw a baby one as well. That was confirmed yesterday lunchtime as I saw both adults and two youngsters all together just outside the back door!
Rather surprisingly, and somewhat worryingly for many, it was frosty early on Wednesday and Thursday morning. Walking round the allotments it became apparent just how cold it had been as I could see that plants such potatoes, broad beans and grape vines had all been badly frost scorched! Even my elder tree had some black leaves from top to bottom. Apart from that it was just my potato leaves that suffered, but which will grow back. It’s been the talk of the gardening forums since then with some people having lost various climbing beans and sweetcorn, both of which had been planted out too early but at least it’s not too late to sow more seeds.
Yesterday I started sowing flower seeds including love-in-a-mist, pot marigolds, various sunflowers and sweet peas.
Tomorrow is the start of British Tomato Week. I have to admit that my attempt to grow my own has been pretty dismal so I shall be reverting to Plan B. More on that another time!