First, the vegetables. The runner beans I planted a couple of days ago have settled in well, mercifully undamaged by slugs.
And yes, I can see the weeds too - another job to do but not top of the list!
The potatoes are growing very well, here's a picture of some of them before I earthed them up again. I'm optimistic that I will have another bumper crop again.
And the peas are finally climbing the netting - hooray!
On my walk today I discovered this plant - have never noticed it before but it must have been there for years. It's a shrub, currently covered in beautiful golden flowers - no idea what it is.
Then there's another unknown - not a native, I think. There are a few of these large shrubs in a small area so presumably they made themselves at home after arriving from elsewhere.
There's a saying "Ne'er cast a clout till May be out" - roughly translated as "don't remove your winter woollies/underwear until the Hawthorn blooms". It's a good guide to the turn of the seasons and the coming of warmer weather. Well, some trees are now blooming:
I'm not going to tell you if I have laid aside my stout winter underwear yet, but I hope to post a picture of hawthorns in full bloom in due course - they are the most common hedging plant around and are quite spectacular.
Finally, here's a scenic one. In my vegetable plot, buttercups are a fell enemy to be beaten at all costs. But in a field, they are quite different (the white flowers are may flowers).