The coronavirus thing is making itself felt in many different ways. Some of them for some people are of course disastrous; for us thus far the impact is no more than a little inconvenient, and for that we are grateful. I suppose that for everybody though it does result in changes of behaviour, some of those are problematic, others maybe quietly creative as we suddenly find we have time to do some of the things that busy lives have put off. In the great scheme of things what follows is of little importance, but we have decided to focus a fair proportion of out newly discovered spare time on the garden, and are taking much pleasure in doing so. There’s no sense here of producing a “how-to” blog – that would be presumptuous indeed; rather it’s just a record for ourselves of one of the things we attempted in this most curious of years.
So here’s a beginning. Things are growing from seed in various places ….. some veg of course, but only for fun, we have no prospect of being “self sufficient”. Flowers …. there are Delphiniums, Hollyhocks and Foxgloves for height; there are Cornflowers and Lupins for medium height, and there are Dahlias, Nigella and Begonia for spread. There are also Sweet Peas which we hope will grow high and fragrant on their wigwams of cane. We’ll see!
It’s been a joy, incidentally, during this last warm and springlike week to see and hear a fair number of insects, mostly Bumble Bees, already out grazing. Prominent was this lovely Peacock butterfly. Presagers of Spring indeed!