Saturday, 6 June 2009
Rain Stops Play
Today's more or less incessant rain put my allotment plans on hold. I was hoping to plant some sweet corn and 'Purple Tepee' French beans but will have to see what tomorrow brings. On the plus side we were in need of the wet stuff and it has given me a chance to catch up with some domestic chores. So tonight I am looking forward to sitting down to a good read. First on the menu is the June edition of 'The Cottage Gardener'. This little quarterly magazine is one of the benefits of membership of The Cottage Garden Society.
The aims of the society are 'to promote interest in cottage gardens, both past and present, to further the use of those plants associated with cottage gardens and to assist those wishing to create or maintain such gardens'
To use a phrase borrowed from Garden Faerie - the magazine is a 'mish-mash' of articles about cottage gardening as well as book reviews, recipes and a letters page. I have had a quick look at the newest edition which includes articles on roses, the Egyptian Fayoumi (a breed of chicken) and an article about the virtue of green leaves. There is also a description of the mechanics of the society's excellent seed distribution exchange. I have grown some lovely plants from this and earlier this afternoon noticed Patient Gardener's success with a seed obtained from the exchange.
I also have the June edition of Gardens Illustrated to peruse. This edition is the 150th edition of the magazine and is includes a celebration of cottage gardens.
So that's my Saturday evening entertainment all mapped out possibly with a glass of wine to hand. Fingers crosses for good planting weather tomorrow.