Okay – that’s enough rain now. No really, it’s starting to get tedious. I mean day after day after day after… it really is too much. On our visit to Heligan (Lost Gardens of) last weekend (in the rain, obviously) I happily scoffed at the so-called experts’ shallots which were nothing more than rotting, soggy mounds (as illustrated in the photo). But lo, I visited mtp this weekend and to my horror I was confronted with the same sight. So, I’m not more clever than the wizened gardeners at ‘H’ after all. Rats! And my shallots last year were so beautiful too. As a gardener I guess you have to get used to the game of roulette we call the weather. It can make or break you, it can certainly make or break your harvest. Recently, I’ve been researching which varieties of apple trees to buy for my new garden and I like what Monty has to say about that, which really can be applied to anything, “There will always be good crops and bad crops. Scab, bitterpit, moths, wasps and earwigs will all have their day. I don’t see it as a war to be waged against nature. Even the bad years will be good enough.” So I guess I’ll just put up with the rain and accept that my shallots will be rubbish this year – who knows, maybe something else will love this ‘swamp-like’ climate and shine through!