A flurry of activity marked the beginning of this weekend as we decided to hold a last minute dinner party; salmon en croute and light and dark chocolate cheesecake was the evening's fare and I'm pleased to say that it all turned out very well. Our guests brought some lovely gifts of tea and a pretty lily of the valley posy; their delicate scent reminds me that I must grow lots and lots of these in our garden so that I can fill little jugs and pots with pretty bouquets.
In the spare time I had between sifting, stirring and putting things in the oven I made a little rosemary wreath for the kitchen window. All it required was a length of garden wire shaped into a small circle, some garden twine and a length of white cotton tape for the bow and hanging loop. I'm pleased with how it turned out and even my husband commented on it later. I think I will make them as gifts for when we are invited over to other people's houses, they are pretty as well as useful and I could make ones with lavender or a mixture of herbs and flowers.
While I was out in the garden snipping sprigs of rosemary I also planted out a few of the sturdier-looking lupin and cosmos seedlings and took a few photos. Time seems to flow by so quickly that I feel I need to keep a photographic diary of the garden so that when all is over and the frost lies thick on the ground I can look back and see the abundance of spring and summer which I am sure will feel very far away in the depth of winter!
I'm surprised by the changes that even a day can make in the garden with plants that were in bud yesterday in bloom today, but I am still impatient to see more. I find myself looking at various parts of the garden; wishing that the salvia plants would hurry up and grow to cover the bare soil, or that my "mystery" plants would bloom so that I can find out whether they are weeds or something I planted but forgot about!
Cooking for dinner parties and other small tasks always have an end in sight whereas the same cannot be said for gardens; they are transient and ever changing and are not hurried along by an impatient gardener!