Vegetable seeds started to go in to the soil and under the cloches back in March and now, in May, all sorts of things are happening. Since the first year I started gardening I grow what I know and always something new. This year I'm growing: beans (broad and purple), peas, courgettes (patty-pan, cousa courgette and bent Summer squash), tomatoes and maybe something else I'm yet to decide on. Peas are the newcomers in the patch this year.
This year is the first year I am growing peas; they seem to be doing well so far. Although tying string around every pea or bean stem is monotonous, I actually quite enjoy it. The peas and beans are successfully avoiding slug and cat attack so far.
I thought my rhubarb was gone forever; nothing seemed to be happening in the corner where I'd planted it. Finally and with much enthusiasm it has come up and looks fantastic. I think I'll wait a little longer before I pick any.
When I tried quince for the first time I decided that I had to have a quince tree. Last year it managed to squeeze out one solitary flower and that was it. This year however the tree is covered with the palest pink flowers. Fingers crossed it will be festooned with fruit.I planted my golden gage tree at the same time as my quince because I have never had a golden gage. I'm still yet to have one but I'm hopeful this year. It blossomed much earlier than the quince so the above photo was taken about six weeks ago. Now the leaves are unfurling so I'll have to wait to see if my luck is in.
My herbs are doing well despite the sage taking over everything. I might need to get a little heavy handed with it. Not sure if all the herbs are visible but I've got: golden marjoram, Greek oregano, rosemary, chives, curry plant and sage.
The chives started the year looking a bit unwell but they seem to be prospering with all the rain we've had recently. I love putting chive flowers into salads. There's a lot going on in the garden at the moment and laods more to come. I'm looking forward to cooking with all of it.