Here are the scores on the board for the weekend so far:
Hours spent gardening: 3 between rain spells
Trips to garden centre: 1
Purchases: 1 terracotta pot to repot lavender. Walked away from Lavandula 'Silver Anouk.'
Time spent procrastinating over Lavandula Anouk: 20 minutes circling it, smelling it, texting Le Photographe etc
Slugs and snails killed: huge daily cull. New method and satisfying method: snip slug in half with secateurs.
|A slug paradise. Note the copper tape defence lines. Slugs vs gardener: deuce.|
Earlier in the week I spotted this slug crawling into a glass of wine. Beer traps used to be the thing but now slugs are moving upwards in their tastes. Our road is supposed to be undergoing gentrification so presumably the slugs are catching the fever for social mobility in our borough.
I can finally update on the wine box planter. Results are below but it's been reasonably successful if you like bright blue.
|One of my own photos. Le Photographe made me write this.|
The total cost of the project was free as I already had everything at home. As I type this, I am now sorry for sharing this as it occurs to me how difficult it will be for most people to get hold of the wine box. One way would be to buy a case of good wine but unless you had already planned to buy 12 bottles of St Emilion Grand Cru 1996 or 1998 (good years according to Le Photographe) then I guess it won't be a saving.
The seedlings in the box are Cosmos, diligently spaced out according to the instructions on the packet. The pink scabious originally earmarked for the planter have been transferred to the beds. Le Photographe took great pains to point out the beds at Hampton Court this week where Cosmos are packed close together like sardines, the implication here being that I don't know what I'm doing. Any advice on how close to plant Cosmos would be greatfully and gracefully received.
It's a good afternoon for tennis and for watching slugs coasting across the patio in the wet.