The weather has been okay , a few showers , a little cold and still some frost promised tonight, however the project is ticking along nicely , as we do not have a poly tunnel or green house I am being careful about putting any bedding in yet and as the flower seeds are to be planted outside , still waiting for the ground to heat up a bit more. This week end sounds promising so will be working hard sowing some flowers for colour in July. In the meantime manure added to some of the beds as the rain promised tomorrow will hopefully help to send of that goodness down into the soil. Also plans for a hot bed to make sure we have some thriving plants to show for our efforts. Going to post some photos now just to keep a record of what is happening . The first photo and the second are two plants showing some signs of weakness anyone know what I could do to help them the rose bush here had some fabulous blooms last year so was hoping for the same this year but not too sure if there was more pruning needed, maybe it is okay but if anyone has any ideas please comment. We also purchased 2 poplar , 2 hazel, 3oak from future forests earlier in the month , these are planted at the side interspersed with native rose bushes , there are a good few cuttings from ribes here and there also. The fuschia which John bought sits patiently at the front door and think we will get a nice planter for this . We have filled a really large container outside the back door and also added some potager beds these all await planting in the coming days pictures will be posted as soon as I paint the large planter , I have ideas for growing tomatoes by fixing some sort of hoop house with polythene cover over it , my dream is to get a cover built over the back of house as it would add a warmer place for plants to thrive in and also provide some shelter from the elements , if I had my life over again I would have studied carpentry and horticulture instead of philosophy and English literature ha ha .A nice selection of herbs resides on the kitchen window sill also amongst a couple of more things daily I take them outside but still hesitant in leaving them outside until it warms up a bit. We also received a good pile of pallets from my lovely neighbour not to go buy a saw and a drill to experiment with using these as raised beds , trellises and just maybe that play house on my mind before the grand kids get much older. This challenge has had a marvellous impact on my well being and gives me great satisfaction , the weather gets me down a little but then I remember how lucky we are to live in such a calm climate really when one considers the havoc that extremities in climates can cause. We never really experience any extreme weather conditions and we all go a little crazy when the sun appears , so looking forward to having our meals outdoors again this summer it really is a delight to look forward to and to eat our own lettuce and scallions will make it all the more lovely. The apple trees look really pretty already with their pink buds , who knows we may even get apples this year but it may be too early for a harvest this year . Strawberries are doing okay and as the summer approaches and the days get warmer there should be more growth So this is the 7th of May will post again in a weeks time to update the progress on the garden challenge. Happy Days Kathy. .