The greenhouse is starting to look quite ‘professional’, even though I’m making it up as I go along… I have discovered that using twine for tomatoes to grow up doesn’t work – the strings that I secured into the planting holes have all broken already so I had to replace with horrid blue nylon; it seems that jute is rather too biodegradable!
Speaking of jute, I recently bought some wonderful coloured raffia online from Nutscene, a company based in Dundee where jute was a traditional industry. Intrigued by the name, I smiled to find that:
“The patented “Greentwist” centre pull lock tie spool of twine was first produced in Dundee, Scotland. When this wonderful green twine was used to tie up plants it was, of course, ‘not seen’ giving rise to “Nutscene!”
The vigorous plant below right is an achocha ‘fat baby’ – I’ve not grown this before but it is climbing incredibly fast. I just hope there is going to be enough space for everything…
Then I spent a happy half hour watering. Such a delightful contemplative process, particularly as I was quite alone except for a beady blackbird who followed me round, finding nice juicy morsels on the damp surface.
And then home to put the sweet peas into a vase alongside the peonies and a single rose ‘Nostalgia’.