Here in London it was the warmest April on record and the driest for over a hundred years. May has continued dry, and often been windy which has exacerbated the problem.
Very few of the vegetable seeds that I sowed germinated and I’ve decided that as it’s likely to remain dry, and get even warmer, over the coming months that I won’t sow any more.
My strawberries almost certainly won’t be fruiting but thankfully the raspberries and blackberries still look okay.
All three roses are flowering profusely several weeks earlier than usual. It’s particularly good to see the dog rose doing so well.
There’s a lot of love-in-a-mist now in flower, nearly all blue with just a few white ones.
The oriental poppy has at least a handful of buds on it, and I hope to see at least one flower fully open as they are so colourful but sadly very short lived.
This year I’ve even got some grapes forming on my vine!
So it looks like being a year of mixed fortunes on the plot with the flowers doing somewhat better than the vegetables.
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