Yesterday started frosty and sunny but by lunchtime, when I went to the plot, was really pleasant as, at long last, the cold easterly had abated.
I sowed half of the broad beans Witkiem Manita, and planted half of the onions Centurion and Sturon. Once they’ve appeared and started growing I’ll sow and plant the rest.
I also planted the first early potatoes Vales Emerald. The other varieties will follow over the next couple of weeks.
I hope to start sowing some flower seeds soon, including Chrysanthemum leucanthemum maximum Crazy Daisy which I didn’t sow last year. At home I’ll also be sowing some seeds including the tomatoes Tumbling Tom Yellow that I was given recently.
The white crocus Jeanne d’Arc in the long planter have opened and were buzzing with honey bees and this (queen) bumblebee. I’m guessing that it’s a queen as they appear first and are larger, and this was a big one! For more information on these see the Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s website, and this article is also worth reading.
I also saw a small tortoiseshell butterfly basking on the ground in the sunshine, but sadly didn’t get a photo of it.
Here are more of the white crocuses, and the stamens really are this bright orange colour.
Last Friday’s Sofa flying post was Just for you… where, if you don’t already know, you’ll find out that I’m a Doris Day fan!
Have a good week!
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