A month of abundance...

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As I write this blog post, I am looking at the drizzle outside my window here in Kent and am smiling to myself for the fact that I am actually pleased to see the rain.  You know you really love your garden when that happens!  The lawn really needs the rain, and I now know that I have an evening off watering any new shrubs and trees and also the kitchen garden.  I actually quite enjoy the calm, therapeutic ritual of watering the garden, but with many other things to do, it will give me a welcome night off!

The weather really has been beautiful on the whole hasn’t it?  The recent warm sunshine has brought about an abundance of fruit in our fruit cage, with strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, tayberries, blueberries and currants being picked on a daily basis.  We don’t eat many puddings in our house these days except for when all our grown up children are home to visit or when entertaining, but I am concentrating on freezing mixed bags of fruit and berries to make breakfast smoothies for my husband and I. Hopefully enough to last us all autumn and winter!

Beans, broadbeans, sugarsnap peas, salad, beetroot and courgettes are providing us with tasty pickings for supper each night now, and we are looking forward to the first tomatoes which are beginning to ripen, along with butternut squash and fennel.  The latter two have been a bit touch and go on the success front in the past, so this year, fingers crossed.

Having had the first glorious bursts of roses last month, I am trying to find the time to prune  them all, and am pleased to see that where I have, we have a second flush of blooms appearing.

Annabelle and Limelight Hydrangeas are blooming prolifically, so I am enjoying  picking these beauties to enjoy inside the house too. 

What are you enjoying in your own garden right now? Wishing you all a very happy summer!