The wind has died down...thank God! I feel blessed that we are fortunate enough to live in such a temperate climate, we are so lucky in comparison to other parts of the world, I would never want to live anywhere else. Also to some degree our, beautiful walls, do offer the garden a degree of protection.
I have started to have strawberries for breakfast (we are having a bumper crop) I have these with raspberries, topped with Greek yoghurt and then a dollup of the apple and blackberry juice that didn't go into the crumble - this is a heavenly combination! It occurs to me that soon I will be able to include a spoonful of our own honey. The 'bee man' has visited and said that he will be collecting honey shortly. It turns out that two of the hives have enough honey to share and each of them will give about 15 jars. Most of this honey will be sold by the society to raise funds, but some will come to us.
I start the day sowing the carrots, spring onions and radishes in alternating rows. This takes ages because it is fiddly, tiny seed, and I'm trying to space it to avoid thinning later, thinning carrots attracts carrot fly because they can smell the disturbed leaves. It is also awkward reaching into the cold frame. I am planting different crops alongside the carrots to hopefully further confuse the carrot fly. I am also going to place some of my pots of mint from the herb garden in the frame for the same reason. Considering the weather a few weeks ago - prolonged hot and dry with hours of watering every day - it is now quite wet. We have several, ridiculously heavy showers - the plants really are having their strength tested! However, it is fantastic not to have to worry about watering.
After I finish the cold frames I finally get to the job of planting out the succulents. It had been my intention to plant the succulents into interesting displays when I moved them out of the house (probably 2 months ago) but they have been sitting at the bottom of my list of priorities, waiting patiently on the outside tables! I planted some of them into the sink by the alpine bed using the tops of organ pipes that had been cut off the installation at the front of the house. I used the sections of pipe to create a variety of levels, either setting a pot in a pipe or planting straight into it. I also set some plants into the round opening of the old boilers sitting next to the sink. I like the effect, I love succulents, and their interesting and curious shapes deserve an unusual setting!