Yes, I was so organised. Yes, I was so on top of everything. Yes, I went away on holiday. And yes, I now harbour the National Collection of dandelions on my plot at the Hill. Boo.
However, apart from the weeds, the rhubarb is also flourishing; the strawberries have flowers and I have cut half a dozen asparagus spears. Hurrah!
I set about whacking it all back into shape on Saturday late afternoon, and made some headway with weeding dandelions and the willowherb out of the paths, and trying to end up with all the cleavers in the compost bin and not wearing it home. Not for nothing is is called the Velcro plant.
I saw Reg-next-plot at the clubhouse when I nipped in for a beer afterwards, and he offered me some onion seedlings, if I would like to go round and pick them up.
Once I'd collected the 30 seedlings in little pots on Sunday morning, I went straight to the Hill to plant them out. They look robust and fizzing with life whilst standing proud in the pots; and like weedy slips of grass when planted out. I do hope that they survive!
The good news is that all the seeds that I put in during my sow-fest before I went away are all up and raring to go - apart from a complete absence of tomatoes. Not sure why that is, and given that two of the varieties are from my trail of Marshall's seeds, I am a bit concerned as I have no spare seed.
I'll get the broad beans and peas of the bench at home and planted out at the weekend, something that will please Domino cat no end.
He says that it's a bit of a squash at the far right of the bench - look closely - and he would prefer not to have to share!