People everywhere are becoming enthusiastic about growing vegetables. I have to say it is something I’ve tried but rarely with any great success. Brassicas take up too much room, root crops are susceptible to bugs like carrot root fly, the slugs eat more of the green salad than I do. However, we do grow herbs, tomatoes (in the greenhouse) and runner beans. They are the easiest to grow, take up little space and are easily stored by freezing. We also grow fruit which is also easy to store, either frozen or in jams (jellies, for my North American friends) and chutneys.
In the mini shrubbery outside the lounge window, white lilac begins to open its flowers whilst the wine coloured leaves of the smoke bush are also breaking out. Lower down, the yellow flowers of the Keria are fading.
On the Bramley apple tree (below) leaves and flowers are now starting to appear as the flowers on the James Grieve begin to fade and shed their petals.