Garden Diary 17th July 2020

Sweet pea harvest

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It did not really feel like summer for me until this week. With everything being so different due to lock down and a lot of the normal rhythms of the garden have all not felt the same as previous years. A vegetarian café we used to supply produce to called The Happiness Trap have just announced they are closing, unable to reopen after being closed for so long. A partnership that will be very much missed as they appreciated using local vegetables and did the most amazing things with them. Also missing running our gardening courses and relegalize how much positive encouragement they gave back to the garden. The combination of these things due to Covid have changed the feeling and pattern of this growing session.

With this all going around in my head, I tried to think about what jobs needed done. It was the end of the week and the summer routine has always been to dead head the flowers before leaving work for the weekend. I checked the dahlias; they were only starting to produce flower so nothing needed cut back. Next to dead head were the sweet pea, it had been a hot day and the flowers were looking extremely good. The idea with sweet pea is the more you cut the more they flower, which seems like a good deal! If you stop them going to seed then they just have to keep producing flowers to try to reproduce. Looked after correctly you should get flowers right into autumn. The first flower I cut looked perfect, three flowers attached to one large stem, all a vivid purple colour. Then came its smell. As soon as I smelted it, memories of so many previous summers came flooding back. It was amazing! Smell is such a powerful sense and I can’t think of many better smells than a bunch of sweet pea. My mood improved dramatically, and with a bunch of sweet pea to take home in the car the drive back was very pleasant, with memories of previous summers flooding back.

Things in the garden can take you by surprise. A connection definitely gets built through all the senses and makes working outside with nature full of potential.

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