The pleasant weather over the weekend after a couple of what felt like damp days (but in reality produced very little rain) brought the Golfer out and up the ladder again to continue the Great Plum Tree Lop. After tying rope round the next trunk to be attacked, the ladder was moved to the other side of the tree before sawing began, the Golfer drawing on his structural engineering background to know exactly where to cut and where the tree would fall (OK, there was the rib incident). A lot of shredding and sawing at ground level is now required before it is the turn of the tallest plum, so certainly not before we go away.
I have had little time available myself for the garden today, but was able to more easily inspect the other co-habitants of the greenhouse now the tomato plants have all been removed – several mini seed trays of aquilegia seeds, bought in a burst of excitement from Touchwood Aquilegias. I took the decision to sow the seeds immediately and am pleased to say that almost all the trays exhibit evidence of germination, from one or two seedlings in some cases to a good sprinkling like the tray shown above.
Elsewhere in the garden there are still surprises to be seen on my rambles, such as the very belated flowering of this convolvulus, looking like a pleated silk lampshade here with the sunlight filtering through the flimsy petals, and the equally silky appearance of these ‘Navy Blue’ sweet peas, like hankies draped over tiny mystery objects: