Last night, when checking to see how the mangetout were doing, I was ecstatic to discover – at long last! – flowers. I was also a little surprised that they were purple, whereas the flowers from my first ever packet of mangetout had been white.
Anyway, I was also very pleased, and a tad relieved, to see flowers developing on the tomato plants as well. So, today’s post had originally meant to be purely about my veg crops.
However, this morning I decided to cut down the phacelia (green manure) which has finished flowering. It is starting to look quite untidy and so the compost heap is a better place for it to be (the plan being that whatever else I grow will be protected by the remaining phacelia). Then I turned round and saw a dead bird (a sparrow) near the apple tree.
This time, I was shocked but know it had nothing to do with me. Did it just fall out of the sky, off a branch, or did a cat get it and then get frightened away perhaps? I will never know but I am astonished that in nearly five years of being here the two deaths have been in the space of a week. I hope this isn’t going to become a trend!!
© Helen Butt, July 2014