Tulips, Cucumbers and Gnomes
The mid-spring tulips are blooming. Bright and fiery in colour, these tulips are one of my favourites for adding a bit of visual heat to the garden. I even wrote a poem about them on MiskMask’s Poems called “Fiery Tulips”
In contrast, there are soft and gently coloured pink tulips that compliment the still blooming purple and blue hyacinths.
The rain stopped for a few days, just long enough we hope for the bees to pollinate the apple trees. April has been very wet. Our local reservoir, which was only 33% filled in March, is now at 67% full. It’s been the wettest April for 100-years. Everything is very green though!
The cucumber seedlings are growing in leaps and bounds. I think Elmo and Jack have been talking to them, saying sweet-pickling-nothings into their ears … assuming that cucumber seedlings have ears. We’ve moved the entire into the greenhouse now so that they can be hardened off before they’re planted out.
I’m not sure where Elmo (the gnome) is at the moment. Busy under a bush probably, but Jack has been seen several times crossing swords with baby slugs. I wondered why he wanted all those toothpicks ….
The chives are a natural (companion planting) insect repellent. It’s not 100% effective but it does help deter green and white fly infestation. I hope you’re happy in your garden right now, enjoying the early days when nature awakens in vibrant colour and sweet scent.
I would love to hear what is thriving in your garden right now! Leave a comment, and tell me.