When is a garden blogger not a garden blogger? When she’s gardening! And there’s been a lot of that going on lately. A frightful spring finally gave way in December to weeks of blue skies and sunshine such as the Catlins has never known! The garden suddenly exploded into life and almost without warning the raised beds were producing more than we could eat and process: fat sugar snaps, crunchy snow peas, tight green and purple pods of shelling peas, and baskets of broad beans.
And let’s not even go there with the courgette crop!
The family beehive hummed with happiness, the rhubarb re-emerged from its protracted hibernation and the gooseberries ripened to perfection. The indoor cucumbers (we named them Charles and Camilla) produced long slender fruit and outdoors, the shallots grew fat bulbs.
Best of all, the rare red-flowering broad beans for which I am acting as seed guardian for the Southern Seed Bank, have flowered in all their burgundy glory, and the bumble bees are having a ball!
I hope your season in the garden is as productive and enjoyable as ours!