Everything is flowering

00:12, Nov 28 2012

I'm home alone this week, while the Trusty Assistant and his dad are up north, welcoming a new member of our family into the world. Though I miss them, it feels liberating to not have to be home in time for dinner, to not have the usual squabbles over bedtime, to make things up as I go along.

I took a little solitary stroll around Wild Estate this morning, watching where the early sun hits. It seems everything is in flower right now - the potatoes, the tomatoes, the strawberries, the peas. Sage and thyme and chives are lovely and purple and fragrant, and the chervil and coriander are putting out masses of tiny white flowers and seeds. Borage is threatening to take over the fenceline, and is dripping with bumble bees. A wee while ago when I harvested the leeks, I left one in the ground that had sent up an impressive spear from the centre of the plant, which is topped with an appropriately named onion dome, like the Kremlin. This should sometime in the future peel back to reveal a flowerhead. The red onions are doing that too; I really should pull the ones that haven't bolted out and dry them while the weather is so good.

The last rhododendron in Shirley's garden finally flowered, and when the last of the hot pink petals have dusted the lawn, I shall attempt to prune it back to a more manageable size. Years of being crammed between a coprosma and two other quite ill rhodos have left it leggy and strangely shaped.

Even the much anticipated chamomile I sowed last summer, which I thought might have been the non-flowering ground-cover type, looks as if it might burst forth with petals any time now.

The only things that aren't in flower are the raspberries. I have two rapsberry plants, one that had a hard life last summer being planted in the wrong spot, and one that I bought when I built the bed they now live in. To fill up the space where future raspberry plants will go (they are expensive and I plan to use their suckers to make new plants rather than buy them) I planted my first ever crop of broad beans, which have taken over. I am tempted to rip out the broad beans to make more room, but they are cropping so well, I don't dare.

The only downside of all this flowering is that I have almost constant hayfever. I have bypassed sneezing and itching and gone straight to clogged-up head, my ears are blocked and my skull feels as if it is vibrating and humming like a substation. A small price to pay.

What's flowering in your garden?

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