The rain has stopped for most of the day...The sun has shone for some of the day - I have been in the garden for ALL of the day - and oh, what a joy it has been, almost as if I have received an infusion of life-force that will keep me going for many days. I think,at last, summer is thinking about coming to stay for a while...
The 'trellis' bed, (above) that was only cut three years ago from raw turf, is really giving of its best at the moment. Cheap and cheerful planting of hardy geraniums, catmint, foxgloves and irises - but it is flourishing and looking about as 'cottage-y' as one could ever wish. The wet weather has been dreary, but the plants seem to have loved it...even the roses are now starting to open, with just a day's worth of sun. Summer time at Autumn Cottage? I say - bring it on!
A few days ago, I also discovered a tray of seedlings - and remembered scattering a few heads of Sisirhynchium over a few inches of soil in the autumn of 2010. Well - this is the result...what must be close on a thousand seedlings, all crammed together and all desperate to be pricked out.
I started to flag after doing forty of them and was quite clearly not, in a year of days, going to pot up the whole of the tray - so decided that as my cup runneth over, I'd share them with any one else who wanted them. I popped clumps of about fifty seedlings into a few yoghurt pots, put them in an old washing up bowl with a little water, and put them on an old country chair, on the grass verge outside the house, with an invitation to any passers by to help themselves to whatever they wanted.
I can't tell you what a delight it was to go out a few hours later, see the pots reduced by half, and - best of all - a note in the porch to say - 'thanks for the plants'. Now *that* was the best gift I could receive!! Not only did I 'pay them forward' and share my abundance, but I was actually thanked for it!
You know what? That just made my day and it geniuinely was easily as much pleasure to give as to receive. In fact, I was doubly blessed, wasn't I? - I loved giving the seedlings away, but knowing that I had given someone else pleasure was just such a blast as well. A win-win situation, I think you could definitely call that - what do you say??
Update - before I brought the old chair in, some children from the local estate had also helped themselves to a few free pots. Now if just ONE seedling gets potted on and I can germinate in just *one* young person a love of gardening - that would REALLY be something, wouldn't it??