Friday, June 4, 2021
A Simple Garden Report
Our purple Persian Slipper lupine is looking great -- and still not quite at the peak of its bloom. (Olga: "STOP TAKING PICTURES!")
The red Beefeater lupine is looking good too, although I think it needs a slightly bigger pot.
Two of our rose bushes have suddenly come to life, including this one, which I think is a Princess Margaret. It's pretty but it has virtually no scent.
And finally, the wildflower seeds have come up in the seed bed, so we should have some nice wildflowers at some point, unless the slugs eat them all! (Being wildflowers, they hopefully have a defense mechanism against critters.) The zinnia seeds have come up, too.
Aside from the garden, which is changing every day, not a whole lot is going on around here. I boxed and shifted books all day at work, and my co-worker, who is helping me re-shelve, is doing some simultaneous weeding. She's going over some of the same shelves I've already weeded and I'm amazed at the junk she's found. I keep thinking, "How did I miss that?!"
Sometimes you need two pairs of eyes, I guess.
On the way home from work, Dave and I stopped at a new produce shop on the high street to pick up some broccoli and a few other things. This shop just opened near the tube station, which is interesting, because we already have a produce shop on the other side of the train tracks. Can West Hampstead really support two produce shops?
Even crazier, there's a new independent book dealer on the high street -- even though we already have an independent book store a few doors down. Can West Hampstead really support two independent book shops?! I doubt it. And whereas I'm happy to support the new produce shop, I'm weirdly indignant about the new book store. Opening so close to an existing book shop -- a line of business notorious for struggling in the current economy -- seems either foolhardy or an act of aggression, doesn't it?
Anyway, time will tell whether those gambles pay off.