One of my biggest disappointments last year was not growing any runner beans. It wasn’t through lack of trying but the seeds rotted in the ground and plants got eaten by slugs. This year I’ve moved where I’m growing them, and dug in an extra couple of bags of horse manure for good measure. I sowed the first lot a couple of weeks ago and I’m relieved they’ve started appearing.
I’ve spent much of the week hand weeding round all the flowers now that I can tell them apart. It’s been slow work but well worth doing. Some seeds didn’t germinate so I’m going to sow some candytuft Spangles, nigella Persian Jewels and zinnia Dahlia Flowered to hopefully fill in any obvious gaps.
There are plenty of sunflowers growing, being a mix of self-seeded and ones I sowed. I’m not sure which are what variety so it’ll be fun seeing what they are. I think that this one about half way along the bottom edge is a giant single.
Both the oriental poppy, which has at least 15 buds, and the rose Pretty Lady, with numerous buds, look like they’ll start blooming by next week.
I was pleased to see two birds using the new log pile pond. There was a wood pigeon drinking and this morning I watched a crow dunking stale bread before eating it.
It looks like staying dry, sunny and warm though to at least early next week so I’ll be making the most of it.
Have a good weekend!