I can't believe it's month since I posted - well, I can because I've spent the last month working flat out on a book that's taken me three years from start to finish. But it is a history of women and gardening! And today I submitted it to my editor. Of course there will be a pile of revisions but tomorrow despite the heatwave we're having here in London at the moment, I'm going to get out there and tend to my poor neglected roof garden. Mind you I've been picking sweet peas daily and the strawberries have been delicious. But I'm in the mood to be drastic and I think I am going to find new homes for lots of things - the miniature and small hostas, for instance, every one except 'Mouse Ears' which is lovely. H. Sum 'n Substance I think will have to go. It looked great to start with but now the slugs have got to it - yes, the copper rings aren't infalliable - it's on its way out. That's the thing with roof gardens - if something doesn't perform and earn its keep, it has to go. So watch this space and let's see what stays and what goes. Pictures I promise!
I cut my first four stems of sweet peas yesterday - is that something of a record? There were sown last autumn and survived the worst of the winter weather and quite a bit of neglect. They are now in a large pot in a sunny spot and just romping away. One of my greatest joys is sinking my nose into their heady fragrance. I have a special little antique glass which is on my desk as I write perfect for holding just a few precious stems.
I also took delivery at the weekend of my ladybird and lacewing larvae and some baby ladybirds. I know it seems ridiculous having to buy them but when you're as high up as I am sometimes shortcuts are needed. They seem to be settling in - they're on the strawberries and morning glory which have enough greenfly already to keep them happy I hope.
Final update is that the copper slug rings really seem to be working. All my miniature hostas with the rings are untouched. My enormous hosta Sum 'n Substance has been attacked on one leaf but I think the pesky things got on it from a nearby Geranium maderense.
Everything else absolutely flourishing! Exciting times. Ah, well, back to the book. Deadline looming.