Thanks to some good weather I spent several, long and busy, mornings plotting last week.
I’ve started on the flower patches mostly removing lots of pot marigold seed heads, to stop them self-seeding all over the plot. I’m collecting seed from various other flowers including cosmos, nasturtiums and sweet peas. They’re all still flowering as are the cornflowers which are nearly all the wonderful blue ones, as seen here, along with some pink ones. I’m wondering what the white variety looks like as I’ve never seen it.
I was surprised to find this courgette, a rather largish one 9″ long, as the last time I looked at the one plant that grew there was no sign of any! There’s another on the way which I shall hopefully pick when it’s still small.
Even better I found that the grapes are starting to ripen and picked a few of the darkest ones to try. They’re only small, little more than pea sized, but surprisingly sweet. There are a handful of bunches like this one and I’m wondering how many I’ll get to eat.
The birds have started to get a lot more noticeable again, especially the crows and magpies. I’m sure that I saw two greenfinches on these sunflowers. I’ve also been hearing the robins but so far not seen them.
I like this time of year and enjoy plotting when the weather allows so I’m looking forward to more happy times over the coming weeks.
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