26 June 2009 17:45:30
It rained last night and today. That's typical as I spent a good while watering yesterday. However, the garden could well use it so I'm not complaining. The garden is such a joy at the moment. All the time I spy something new that's about to flower. And then there's the joy of the harvest - yesterday we had 7 courgettes and 12 strawberries for dinner.
Today was the last day at school and Joshua gave his teacher a Sweet Pepper plant as a parting present. The teacher's well interested in gardening so I think she should have been pleased.
I didn't do much today as I had to go shopping for Joshua's birthday party on Sunday - 15 kids in total. But when I was out I did drop into the Arboretum in Carlow to pick up a water plant for my new pond.
I have an oxygenator in there already so I needed something to provide the surface cover. I decided to try something different from water lilies so went for a water hyacinth (eichhornia crassipes). Of course it's not hardy but I could try overwintering it in the greenhouse and, if that isn't successful, well it means I've wasted the princely sum of euro3.99.
So, home again, I had to do something about the fact that my new pond wasn't straight. Since it's so tiny, it was easy enough to just take it out and excavate a bit more earth, making use of the spirit level this time. That's the joy of small ponds - it's so easy to fix any problem. But I reckon that hubbie's a bit handier with the old spirit level than I am because it's still not quite right. I decided it was good enough for the minute and put the water back in. In gardening I have two standards - perfect and good enough. I usually aspire to the first but settle for the second.
I planted the two beautiful candelabra primulas that Alison recently brought me, right beside the pond and poured in the water hyacinth. The water hyacinth floats so doesn't need to be planted in a basket. It has great fat buds on it so I'm hoping for flowers soon. I also have some nicotiana planted next to the pond so hopefully it will look nice this year.
By the way, anyone going to the Springmount Garden Festival in Gorey tomorrow? I'm looking forward to a great day.