One of the questions asked after this week's talk threw me; it was entirely gardening related. The questioner was surprised to hear that I have little or no gardening knowledge or ability.
That lack of awareness means I'm sometimes childlike in my wonder at how nature works so I thought I'd share a few pictures showing how some of my plants are progressing.
In the sunroom, many of my seeds are coming along, though the Hyoscyamus niger, black henbane, is disappointing, so far.
I'm sure I'll get plenty of Nicotiana sylvestris, woodland tobacco, as these are just three of about a hundred seedlings coming through.
It's hard to believe that, all being well, in six months these seedlings will look something like this
Similarly, though the Ricinus communis, castor oil plant, seedlings still have their seed leaves;
By August, if the weather is reasonable, they'll be the giants of the garden.
I'm not sure how the Atropa belladonna, deadly nightshade, will progress, I haven't grown it from seed before, but I don't think these little ones will be producing fruit this year.
But, as these are perennials, I'm hoping to see fruit from last year's. They seem to have got off to a reasonable start.
Considering that just six weeks ago, it was barely showing above the ground.
This is what it looked like on 7th March when I planted it out.