Gardening: Wet summer brings bumper redcurrantsBy Linda Fort
July 20, 2012
Hanging out the washing in the garden this morning, my heels sank deep into the lawn.
Although it is not raining now, the ground is horribly waterlogged and the grass is unacceptably long.
Whenever I speak to gardeners about the weather at the moment they slap their foreheads, roll their eyes and mutter gloomily about the grass.
Some things seem to love this teeming rain while others are less enthusiastic.
Trees and shrubs are flourishing.
Bedding plants are flagging a bit – their flowers seem to need the warmth of sunshine to do well.
Having said that, the begonias in my mother’s back garden – which I don’t like particularly but plant there because of the shade – are really flourishing.
She has geraniums in pots in front of her house which are usually happy with a thorough baking in the sun – but they are looking a bit soggy and sorry for themselves.
My fruit garden, which has not been the great success I imagined, has produced one fabulous triumph this year.
I have more redcurrants than I know what to do with. I may even have to freeze some of them.
The courgette plants – after an early attack by slugs followed by a resowing – are now growing away, similarly the runner and dwarf beans.
I visited an allotment site on Friday and noticed that all the runner bean poles looked like mine – with beans just beginning to climb. All except on one allotment.
That allotment holder's bean canes had plants and greenery right to the top and runner beans hanging from them – though not that many flowers.
Either he has exceptionally green fingers – or has sold his soul to the devil in return for horticultural success – I know I would if I believed in the devil and he offered.
My tomato plants – after not growing an inch for about a month – have suddenly started to shoot up, but there is not a sign of a flower or fruit. But at last some rows of vegetables – beetroot, carrots and salad leaves – are starting to appear.
If I fail to mow the grass today then I will be wading through it waist high next weekend.
All I can do is hope for a bit of dry weather and a sunny evening to restore some order in the jungle.