The first Courgettes are ready. Runner Beans in their pots on the patio have taken their time but now a few tiny, silky haired pods have appeared. I'll try and find a space for them in the garden next year,I wonder if they're too constrained in the pots, although we did well with them last year. In my five minutes of fame asking a question on Gardener's Questiontime (sadly cut from the broadcast version!), back in the days when Clay Jones was the chairman, gardening expert Daphne Ledward told me that the best crop of runners she'd ever had were grown up the sides of a concrete coal bunker. Perhaps I should try building one of those.
The Territory of the WrenA Wren scolds us as we sit beneath the parasol by the shed. The ivy on the shed and the plants overhanging the pond are part of its regular round.
The Marjoram is in flower in the herb bed, but we're not getting large numbers of butterflies visiting. A single Meadow Brown touches down briefly.
While butterfly numbers might be down on previous years, flies are with us in abundance. The new pony in the meadow has a long blond tail which it wafts in big swishing arcs, like a dancer at a Mardi Gras.