Wednesday, 7 May 2014
We unwrapped our 'Agatha Christie' plant that has been swathed in black fabric for the Winter. Cleaned and weeded the old patio area. Gave the garden furniture a lick of paint. And generally made all good for the start of the warm weather.
Our Californian lilac tree which you can see to the left of this pic, looking a bit like a purple Christmas tree, had a little baby tree all by itself. We suddenly noticed an identical little tree about 10 inches tall growing a foot away from the Mummy plant. We are easily pleased and amazed obviously.
We went all out and treated ourselves to a 3 seater garden swing. We haven't put that up yet as we ran out of time and sunshine. I'm hoping it will get a grand unveiling next weekend if the weather is kind to us. I did a lot of research online for the best price, as they are quite expensive. We found a beauty at a garden centre about 25 minutes from us at Mark Cross, called The Sussex Country Gardener. It was reduced by £100 and we were given a free lavender plant too, which has handily filled a little hole in the front garden's lavender patch.
Last Autumn we planted a bumper pack of seeds which once grown and flowering attract and sustain bees. It's been another revelation to us as all sorts of weird and wonderful plants have sprung up.
We've discovered Borage. These beautiful star shaped flowers can be eaten as can the young leaves of the plant. The flowers look especially pretty in salads and frozen in ice cubes for summer drinks, Pimms anyone?
I have read that they contain lots of vitamins and minerals but also are a power house of natural anti-oxidants, you know the ones that munch their way through the nasty free radicals. (That does sound like a pop group to you too, right?).