Having identified the Spotted Fly Catcher and taken a picture of the joyous nest (Nest of Spotted Fly Catcher), attention turned to the veggie patch. Talk about full steam ahead. The whispy broad beans that two weeks ago were described as being like shoe laces are now anything but! Mrs Sage has gobbled the first and only ripe strawberry (she has boasted at its sweetness, possibly as an act of triumph at getting there first), while lettuces, spinach and radishes are being plucked aplenty as the sun continues to shine on down. Even the sickly cucumbers have recovered.
Photos, from the top: The Broad beans have gone from shoelaces to heavy rope, flowering strawberry with green fruit, blackcurrants being green.
So for the moment it’s good news, but with aphids on the swarm, butterflies flitting from leaf to leaf and slugs to crawl out from under stones etc, it is far too early to be euphoric. And of course, it’s the tomatoes and the princely stake of €5 that has me most worried while The Sage is far more worried about his potatoes and the possibility of the dreaded blight.
Oh, I just saw in the supermarket a bundle of rhubarb for €2.24 and it wasn’t even a big bundle. For heaven’s sake, if you have a garden just go and plant some in a corner of the garden and you can be reaping it for years to come. Needs very little attention. Mmmmm.