We were so thrilled with how well our garden did last year; our raised beds were full of lovely vegetables, our apple trees were laden with almost too much fruit, and the japonica was equally full of lovely quinces.
We were full of optimism and anticipation for this year’s harvest… there was a very warm spell in February, we even ate our lunch in the garden. Then a bitterly cold snap; blossom withered and died, seedlings shivered, took fright and wilted. My chillis which were growing confidently inside just stopped, arrested development, and the tomato plants followed suit.
Cool spring, cool summer then torrential and unending rain, for day after day… and today, guess what, the sun shone so out into the garden we went.