Gales even within the walls…

Gales even within the walls…

Hello. Hope you had a great bank holiday weekend. Here at BE I think we missed each other asĀ each of usĀ managed to grab at least a day off over the three days, so today it was good to be back at as a team.

REALLY blustery. Twigs and branches flying. Polly and I planted red cabbage and artichokes in gale conditions. Incredibly atmospheric. The trees sounded like the roar of the ocean. We could have been on her Scottish island in the Hebrides, not a walled garden in sunny Suffolk.

Here is Polly trying to cover our newly planted seedlings in fleece. You can see how dark and moody the sky is…

I rather like it when the weather is savage like this. We had all four seasons in within each hour today. The gales were warm and we honestly couldn’t decide if we were hot or cold. Showers overnight had left the soil perfect for planting; it has a totally different texture, like the crumbling of the richest, moistest fruit cake. We made the seed bed for the new salad leaf area we are planning which will be a meeting of microherb and traditional garden minds – an intensively cropped bed full of cut and come again leafy crops like chard and lettuce. Talking of which, I thought the lettuce looked rather beautiful in the rain…

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Benjy found this baby newt in amongst the sunflowers while he was mowing the top border. The early rain must have brought him out. The wildlife is always so prolific here. Today I heard the cuckoo and the owl called all day. I missed my friends the robins, but I think it was too windy for them to be on the wing.

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After dawn snail watch (now a daily occurrence) I was disposing of the wretched things the other side of the stream (they can’t swim) and saw this. A white egret totally intent on his fishing. We humans are definitely in the minority here. X

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