Oh me of little faith.
One week after its long soak in the recycling bucket, careful planting and treading in, and leap of faith pruning, this is my blackcurrant bush.
Do you see? Look carefully and there are little green shoots poking out from the stems. It’s still alive! I haven’t killed it! The relief is palpable.
I’m going to attribute it to dedicated care and attention but the truth is that it’s thrived in a complete absence of any attention other than an occasional hard stare. And the reason? Well let’s just say I haven’t watered it, or any other part of the garden this week, because I haven’t had to. It has been raining like a child left alone with a hose. All week, and it seems that the blackcurrant loves it.
Unfortunately my strawberries seem to be suffering from a lack of sunshine; they’re getting bit but they’re not turning red, they just look pale pink and slightly bedraggled. It’s a very sorry state of affairs for what looks to be a great crop so I’ve got all my fingers crossed for some sunbeams next week.
On the other hand, the tomatoes in the back garden are growing nicely, as are the beans (we have two flowers now) and miracle of miracles, the courgette has another flower.
Well it might be the same courgette or it might be the other one. If it falls off I’m definitely claiming that it’s the other one, and my garden fairy (my aunt) tells me that they do have male and female flowers so all may yet be well.
And in the other bed, well nothing much is happening. I have a packet of Pak Choi seeds on my desk to go in the spot where we had garlic, but I’m afraid I’m turning out to be a fair-weather farmer this week and I haven’t gone out to plant them. I don’t mind the wet and rain and cold when it’s autumn or winter, and I can even cope with it in the Spring, but I am absolutely certain that July does not call for wind, driving rain and the need for full waterproofs, a scarf, and a hat. The garden can just wait until I can get back to it without multiple layers of clothing.
Now then, back to considering whether it would look too silly if I put an umbrella over the strawberries to give them a bit of a break!
The Pocket Handkerchief Garden so far: