The potatoes, which suffered badly with the early frosts, have now recovered and doubled in size in a few days. Since I took this photo they've doubled again, no doubt will put on more growth this weekend following today's rain. I'll give them some more potato fertiliser this weekend.
Another purchase from the garden centre - 8 tomato plants, dwarf size as they do better at my latitude. The ones at the front are Tumbler and they're already flowering. The other 4 are Totem, I've grown both of these before successfully. The advantage of getting plants grown by others is they are way ahead of anything I can do myself, grown under heated lamps. It makes all the difference in our short growing season.
The garlic is doing particularly well although it does need weeding! They're all the thickness of pencils now so I'm looking forward to another good crop, we're still eating last year's crop, which has kept very well. In the last few days we've planted spinach, chard, courgettes, parsnip, cabbage, lettuce, spring onions, herbs and beetroot, in advance of today's rain, so we're moving on fast now.
Outside the house my pots are now looking less sparse. I have three colours of poppies along here - blue, red (oriental) and the local wild yellow variety which seeds itself all over the place. The daffodils and narcissi are now over (you can see a large pot of them behind the hosta) and in order to spare myself the sight of empty pots over the summer, I have planted nasturtium Tom Thumb in each daffodil/narcissus pot. This will take over as the foliage dies back.
A final poscript on my starlings. Three chicks were coaxed out of the nest last Thursday, though one decided he didn't like the outside world too much so headed back indoors on and off all day. The other two were a little braver and balanced precariously on the telephone wires outside for a while. But the next morning, at the insistence of their parents, the family was off into the fields. I saw a small flock of starlings in the pastures nearby yesterday so I expect they're all there now!
So, for a very long holiday weekend, hope you manage to get lots of gardening done!