You'll be pleased to hear that I finally finished the back of nephew's jumper, and I'm now 12cm into the front. Yes, I'm still measuring it every 5 minutes and it still isn't growning very quickly. My finger's still quite numb, and I find the cables tricky to do with the yarn in my left hand. There's only one solution to that though... To practise!
I had a very exciting parcel in the post yesterday...
If you happened to be on Twitter at the time, then apologies! I got quite carried away with tweeting my excitement!
As I unwrapped it, I discovered that it did indeed contain some beautiful live plants, all the way from my cousin in Cumbria (you'll read more about him here at the end of June after I've been to visit him)! They had totally survived being posted, and arrived safely in perfect condition.
Excited unpacking moved to the greenhouse, and the cucumber plants went straight into the greenhouse beds.
They are a variety called Crystal Lemon, and I can't wait for them to start fruiting.
I potted up the other treats - from bottom right to top left they are... Lemon bergamot, Russian kale, Mexican Marigold (whose leaves taste of apple - beautiful!), then there's a tray of my own radicchio that needs planting out, followed by two perfect Lovage plants, and a tray of my own chard (again, in desperate need of pricking out)!
I think it's going to be a busy weekend in the garden, if the rain holds off...
While I was out, I also snapped a pic of the Eremurus himalaicus (Foxtail lily) that is finally in full flower (a whole month behind last year). It's a bit wonky thanks to some brutal snail damage earlier in the season. Behind it you can also see a rose, which I think is Harlow Carr. It smells lovely.
Fingers crossed for some rain today and maybe tomorrow, and then a fine weekend. A girl can hope, right?!