After such lovely weather last weekend it has been a return to unrelenting downpours and depressingly low light levels. No chance to enjoy the garden properly, just a quick dash up the path beneath a brolly or a short foray in wellington boots to gather a few flowers or vegetables. Most of my garden viewing is through a plate glass window.
Thank goodness for a greenhouse
where we can sit with greenery around us while the rain falls on the roof.
But the battered summer flowers cheer up once I've brought them into the house.
This is 'Heritage', an early David Austin rose.
I don't know the name of this rose, planted by a previous owner.
Some plants are thriving in all the rain.
The phlox are happy.
And the perennial sweet pea seems to rampage whatever the weather.
(My annual sweet peas are a complete failure this year.)
Tomatoes, even in the greenhouse are scarce, simply not enough sun.
And to compound matters the larger varieties have got a bit of blossom end rot.
The vegetable garden is a mixture of success and failure.
The mange tout crop is excellent. 'Carouby de Maussane' seed from The Herbary.
I have a glut of broad beans.
They get added to everything!
Also spinach, which is responding well to endless rain.
Veg. curry, anyone?
It's a mixed story with the courgettes. The seeds came from the spring seed swap. 'Goldy' would obviously prefer to be growing in the Mediterranean (wouldn't we all!) But 'Eights Bells' is prolific, doing the courgette thing of growing to a silly size overnight.
I cut one in half, put it in boiling water to soften, scoop out the flesh and combine it with breadcrumbs, chopped onion and garlic that had been cooked to soften in a little oil, add mature Cheddar and parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and a generous amount of Italian herbs. Bake 'til golden brown.
Lunch is ready.