It’s been a busy two weeks, hence why there haven’t been any updates on the blog. I’ve had to fly back to the UK on short notice to deal with family things, as well as having to meet a lot of deadlines in my actual grown-up Head of Comms job. Something had to give because there are only 24hrs in the day, and sadly it was the blog.
Now I am back, and ready to get back out on the roof terrace and do a spot of gardening. Unfortunately, however, the rain is still here despite this being the first official day of summer. In fact, Switzerland is on course to have to wettest summer on record, so that’s going to be fun.
Despite the soggy prognosis, things aren’t suffering as much as you would expect. The waterlogged ground can prove problematic for fruit trees and grape vines, but ours have the benefit of being in well draining pots and are actually quite happy as a result.
The potatoes are coming along nicely and are only a few weeks away from being harvested. The herbs are happy, and despite the downpour, the lavender is in full bloom.
Sadly, however, the berries are having a tougher time than normal. As we barrel along in the direction of Wimbledon, I’d like to have a lot more strawberries on the plants, but the sun has just been absent so far this summer which means we aren’t going to get a good crop. The raspberries are delicious, but there are about fourteen of them, so that’s hardly worth writing home about.
The tomatoes are also trying their best to survive through a bludgeoning of mildew, brought about by the damp weather. With that said we are getting some fruits, but nowhere near as many as I would hope for.
And despite the fact the chillies and bell peppers are growing nicely, we are really going to need a stretch of nice, hot and sunny weather to help ripen them up. If the weather forecast is to be believed, we aren’t going to get that anytime soon.