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Our garden has been having a busy time, with lots going on – it’s the growing season! In April we saw the dahlias in their little pots next to the mature tubers; well, our Diva has now planted them out and they look wonderful. What a difference a month makes! The nasturtiums have popped their heads up, the potatoes are ridged with lots of leaves growing atop the soil, the leeks are slowly bulking up, and peas and beans abound. Peas and beans are delicious, and have been getting lots of attention from the inquisitive wildlife in the Botanical Gardens! So we have replanted and replanted and now each little bean wears a protective tube of wire mesh. (very fetching!)

may potting shed1Our friends are visiting the garden; the Hollyhock Heroine wants to check on the plants she started growing last Summer – they are doing well.

hollyhockShe is upholding a tradition that dates back to the beginnings of history, having been found on a grave that was more than 50,000 years old! Later on the Tudors used dried hollyhock roots in their wine to stave off blood clots, it was thought to protect against lung disease, and the Chinese used it in many of their recipes. It is a plant that is both beautiful and with such a long tradition.

may potting shed2Our Pea Princess brings dozens of plants that she has grown, and that are now ready to be put in at the base of the willow domes. Peas were among the first crops cultivated by man; first found where they still grow wild, in North West India and Afghanistan. It has been an important staple throughout history, and we are looking forward to watching these climb upwards and hopefully crop well!

may potting shed3George the spaniel loves his visits to the garden, he enjoys sniffing the herbs, and making himself useful keeping those furry nibblers at bay! Every day there are changes, the rainbow chard has grown, the angelica is positively stately, and the rose is romping away. We need the rain, but prefer the sunshine, and are lucky to be getting both!

Kitty.

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