Thursday, June 22, 2006
Is it November already?
Yesterday's rain and wind were absolutely horrible - the lovely weather of last week had made me blase and I had forgotten how horrible it is to be out picking flowers in the pouring rain with the wind blowing everything out of the bucket as soon as I put it in.
Gusty winds at this time of year are much more damaging than those earlier in the season as there is so much more bulk in the garden - the wind was so bad here that it blew all the leaves off the courgette plants and has blown a row of lilies completely out of the ground!
For once I was glad of the bulky weeds which have taken over the beds nearest the polytunnel - these acted as a windbreak so the delphiniums and peonies stayed upright!
The photograph is of parsnip flower - my favourite foliage for this time of year. It is what you get if you leave parsnips in the ground and allow them to flower - fantastic sturdy lime green umbrels about 3 feet tall. It is a bit like angelica but without the overpowering celery type scent.