|Looking down the local valley|
|More new lambs on our local walk|
|There is lots of burning on the local hills at the moment|
|Corydalis malkensis in full bloom|
Tuesday was eldest son's 21st birthday, how did he get to be 21? It seems no time since I was 21 (and that's a while ago by the way!) Having five kids between us it can be expensive, so it's usually birthday tea of their choice at home and out at a restaurant for special birthdays, 18ths and 21sts and so on. My laid back lad wanted to stay home and have some good food cooked by his mum. Ben chose steak, sweet potato chips, onion rings, sweetcorn, sauces and desserts. Granny and middle son came up and David's son was here too, so a nice family get together. Gone are the days of excited kids getting up early to open their presents, I had done some errands in the local village and our 4 mile walk before birthday boy surfaced.
|Middle son and Bracken|
The rest of the week stayed warm, even hot and sunny, so nice when the kids are off on holiday. I got more plants in the moving troughs labelled, sitting outside with the laptop updating my plant database right next to the plants. On Wednesday afternoon we did a walk we've talked about for a while. Dropping one car at Broughton and then starting at Biggar, we walked the three and a half miles to Broughton along the disused railway track. Easy enough for the younger teenagers who think fresh air and walking will kill them. We then picked up the car and drove back to Biggar and collected the other car.
|Dan and Bracken walking along the track to Broughton|
|Three men and a dog went to Broughton|
|A tree covered hill|
Thursday saw Daniel and I sow his vegetable seeds, plant shallots and the first three varieties of early potatoes. As I mentioned before here Dan is keen to grow vegetables, it's good to encourage them. I also got the first cut of grass done, it was really dry, so ideal, especially as the forecast is set to get wetter over the next few days. I sowed more beans, annuals, dill, delphimiums and Hollyhocks in the greenhouse. The tomato seedlings are looking good and the bean seedlings got moved to the cold greenhouse to harden off. At the moment it's a constant juggling of space, moving things out the wee cold greenhouse to make room for plants from the heated greenhouse to make room for new seeds in the heated greenhouse!
Friday was a food shopping, catching up on paperwork and taking the bubble wrap off the big greenhouse day. The weather was cooler and windier, I think we may have seen the last of the hot weather for a wee while. The greenhouse always looks so much bigger and lighter once the bubble wrap is off. It's now folded up and stored in the shed for summer. I bought this bubble wrap when I got the greenhouses over 20 years ago, it was expensive to buy so much at the time, but given how long I have had it I think it has definitely paid its way, carefully stored and looked after year after year pays.
|Bracken thinks he should always be allowed at the table|
|Lots of colour in the garden now|
Double Narcissus, Narcissus 'Tete a Tete and Cardamine pentaphylla,
buuble wrap off the greenhouse, Ranunculus 'Brazen Hussy'
Anemone nemerosa 'Viridiflora' and Primula Wanda, Narcissus 'February Gold'