On 31 May the weather changed from single figures (9 degC – that’s below 50
in old money) to something like the height of summer (mid-20s, also known as
mid-70s). Also, the rain – practically a constant throughout May, stopped,
without a by-your-leave.
The allotment, as a result, went completely berserk.
The Globe Artichokes (pale green frondy foliage in the centre of the picture) generally come up in November, sit-out the winter in a sort of low-profile state and then carry on growing from about April. This year they sat tight till 31 May.
The chard (foreground) had looked to all intents and purposes dead until about the same date. Now we can’t eat it fast enough.
Broad beans have burst into bloom (that’s enough B’s) overnight. Again, I
thought the rain would beat them down into a mush before they had a chance to
Note the bindweed making an appearance in the lower left: we have to start
digging that up as soon as it shows – sadly I don’t think we’ll ever be able to
get rid of the matrix of white tubular roots that undergird our plot – we just
have to plant things that can outgrow it!
Rhubarb is artistically translucent in the sunshine.
One thing that did manage to flourish in the rain was our little apple tree (‘Sunset’) – here it is from a couple of weeks ago.
The currants must have flowered, too, at some point – but perhaps just for
the one sunny day of last month, and I blinked an missed it. At any rate, the
bees seem to have done their stuff.
Talking of bees, ‘No-Mow May’ has finally become a thing, and people are
beginning to leave roadside verges and other such places alone, so mid-spring
flowers can bloom and bees don’t have to suffer a ‘hungry gap’ between the
early bulbs and the summer flowers.