Wednesday June 14th
Another scorcher, and went up to drown everything. Picked my first gooseberries of the season and some more rhubarb to give to Dad. Discovered that Kate, Yvonne and Jim are off to the NEC too on Friday! Swapped mobile numbers in case we can meet up.
Friday June 16th
BBC GW Live 2006. Arrived just after 9am, and went straight to the GW Plant Swap armed with a large Bulgarian Carrot chilli plant. Swapped it for two of the Berryfields trial plants so I have Numex Twilight and Fiesta. Makes up for not having managed to get hold of any of the trial seeds back in the autumn, even though both plants are way smaller than any of my main ones. Bought pennyroyal from Jekka´ Herb Farm (for Chris, but I didn't know whether to get upright or creeping so got both and I'll have the other since they're good for insect bites!). Also managed to get a pack of netting pegs (more expensive than I'd thought they were, so only one) and cane caps (ditto - only one place selling both these things too, so a bit restricted). Did get the obligatory ball of string!
Saturday June 17th
Left parents after a rather late lunch and managed to get back in time to go and water some desperately dry plants. Even the lettuces had wilted! Hope it doesn't make them bolt…
Sunday June 18th
A more muggy overcast day, so I wasn't in danger of frying. Spent most of it in the back garden trying to get it rather tidier than it has been for some time, and largely succeeded. That´s the trouble with getting a lottie - the garden suffers! Didn´t actually make it to the lottie though, as was feeling rough.
Tuesday June 20th
A quick dash up to the lottie before work to check how things were, since it had been starting to spot with rain last night. Sadly we'd only had about half a mm and I wanted to see how the seed rows were. And I have got little parsnips! They're coming up! Pleased. Watered the butternuts, the parsnips and the early spuds - hopefully I´ll be able to do a bit more tonight.