Wednesday, 6 June 2018
Looking out of my dining room window early yesterday morning I saw that my courgettes were drooping - one especially - and needed watering. Out I went with the watering can but when I got to the plants I found that there was only one droopy one - in fact for 'droopy' read 'dead'. Either a slug or a snail had made its way carefully over the bark mulch, mounted the grow bag and nibbled away at the very heart of the little plant - not an outside leaf but the extreme, succulent central stem.
I have put slug bait around them all, and around my hostas. I hate doing so but there really is no alternative if I want to eat any beans or courgettes.
The same applies to weedkiller and the tiny little weeds with deep, stubborn roots, which make their way up through the cracks in the concrete of my drive. They are much too deep rooted for me to pull up - so weedkiller it has to be.
And speaking of weedkiller, the specialist stuff to spray my Marestail has arrived ' to be sprayed on a totally still day when no rain is forecast'. The bed is now empty apart from the pernicious weed - later on, when I return from lunch out - I will go and take a photograph to show you just how it has taken over.
Today is the anniversary of D Day - the 74th anniversary if I remember it correctly. I certainly remember it very well - I was twelve at the time and by that time my brother was in REME, who did not go over in the first wave, so my parents were not quite so worried, or so it seemed to me. By this time I was much more aware of what was going on than I had been at Dunkirk and I think there was a feeling everywhere that this was the beginning of the end of the war and that we were going to win it.
***I had intended to put on photographs of my garden and of the marestail. I have taken the photos but since putting on my last lot the system for transferring them seems to have changed and I can't do it. I shall have to wait for a superior brain to call and show me how.
Managed to do the photographs myself but they have come out at the top rather than at the bottom of the post. The top two are of the marestail (second one close up) the next of the bottom tier of the garden I have planted and finally the next tier - the rockery. You will see that it is gradually taking shape. I now await my gardener coming to apply the specialist weed killer to the marestail - then time will tell.