The lavender hasn't died . The two cherry tomato plants are looking pale but brave and when I got down on hands and knees and squinted , I counted five tomatoes . One this size , O and four this size .
My Wildflower Plantation , a large-ish earthenware pot , sewn with a packet of Bee and Butterfly attracting plant seeds that the housing association gave each of us this year
has burst forth into one white flower too tiny to identify , two pink ditto , a pretty purple sweetpea affair and a cornflower .
Local bees seem to be reluctant to venture forth however , though I have seen two hoverflies doing their silent best to fill the gap .
Never mind , with a balcony 10 by 6 foot , I was hardly hoping to be self-sufficient but yesterday's paper has a large article on page 2 telling us that due to flooding and hailstorms spinach , paksoi , lettuce and rocket will be in short supply till September , at least ... and I'm already a little tired of carrots ...
It's chicken barley soup for supper and a kiwi fruit .
P.S. The plant pots and labels aren't mine . Not even I am that optimistic . They were stacked ín a corner of the Orangery in Utrecht's Hortus , where the cactii were sheltering from the rain .