THERE’S PLENTY of blossom on our patio lemon but the raisin-sized green fruits soon
drop off. Perhaps it’s been too cool and wet this summer. A gardener suggested that
we sprinkle blood, fish and bone fertiliser on the compost and water it in to provide
a slow-release feed.
I’ve been using my Parker Reflex fountain pen today for writing addresses on my press
releases for Drawing on Reserves. I know that I could compile a database and print
out self-adhesive labels but writing the addresses is a pleasure. I don’t rush them;
I enjoy writing as much as I do drawing. I find the pen equally good for drawing,
as here, but try to save it for writing as I’ve got so many drawing pens already!
30 minutes a day
Barbara read in an old Gardeners World magazine article which suggested that 30 minutes
gardening a day is good for you so, instead of sitting straight down at the computer
today, I went out and spent 30 minutes (precisely) cutting back the tiny meadow area,
which I missed doing earlier because my shoulder problem. I kept checking the time
because I didn’t want to get involved and suddenly discover I’d lost the morning.
I was amazed how much progress I’d made after just ten minutes.
As I worked, I disturbed a frog, several snails and a slug (which I relocated) and
a bushy-tailed ginger cat which looked surprised – if not shocked - to see me in
this normally neglected corner of the garden.