Water, water everywhere

The first signs of rhubarb growth are very sculptural - can't wait to see the full-sized leaves.

The first signs of rhubarb growth are very sculptural - can't wait to see the full-sized leaves.

We have had a lot of rain over the past few days, which scuppered our Sunday afternoon gardening session - just too wet underfoot. 

Some of us went down to the garden to move things around and others to chat and take photos - because the sun shone and there were lots of people around.


Bright green gooseberry leaves...

Bright green gooseberry leaves...

The new plants are looking good for the drenching - all the currant bushes have leaves or fat buds, the rhubarb is looking great, February-sown broad beans are starting to germinate and the few bulbs we put in are either in flower or threatening to.

No sign of the sweet peas yet...


Lots of water in one of the wheelie bin waterbutts

Lots of water in one of the wheelie bin waterbutts

The best news - the waterbutts are filling up, without obvious leaks, which means we can be more confident about planting and sowing.

**but then they started leaking again mid-week - so frustrating!**


Three types of plants in our native hedge and some weeds below... oops.

Three types of plants in our native hedge and some weeds below... oops.

The native hedge we planted in February 2015 is beginning to make buds and leaves too.


A single winter aconite being obliging next to the sign. I think it might have about three friends nearby, unless they were weeded up.

A single winter aconite being obliging next to the sign. I think it might have about three friends nearby, unless they were weeded up.

We have growth on the bulbs we planted in late Autumn, and the divided perennials we put in the ground a couple of weeks ago are looking very perky.