Line astern at Groombridge.
Last year pigeons devoured the young pea plants almost as I set them out. Every morning when I raise the blind I watch two pigeons which sit on the parapet of the roof opposite. I wonder if they are the culprits. I enjoy watching them looking down and moving their heads from side to side as if indicating a negative when really they are looking to see what is happening below. Now I no longer resent their presence. My new pea plants sit safely under a net.
A packet of seed comes through the letter box from a neighbour. The seed, from the Royal Horticultural Society, is the Italian salad, lollo rosso - could be a film star. It is a very thin packet. But in keeping with my new resolution to sow thinly and where possible in trays for transplanting, I manage to fill a tray composed of small plug sized compartments with the fine pale seeds.