For a year where we had a hosepipe ban for much of the summer, we’ve had a lot of rain. Some of my veggies really suffered; the courgettes have been a complete failure this year and the peas and french beans were stunted. The runner beans are doing really well though and the tomatoes, while still mostly green, are looking as though they will be good — if we have any left after Baby D has got at them. He knows he shouldn’t pick them; he goes up to them, looks at me and says “no no no!” and then picks them anyway with a big grin.
Despite (or perhaps because of) the rain, the garden is actually looking quite smashing this year. We’ve had enough sweet peas from a few plants mixed in with the beans to have a vase on the table for the last six weeks or so, and these Echinacea are my new favourite things. The bees love them too.