I’ve emptied Bed 3 of the finished plants – lots of nigella and poppies, plus more bulb stalks – and then watered the dry soil a bit. There’s still no sign of the sparaxis and the coreopsis is much smaller than it used to be.

Two of the missing everlasting peas in the trellis bed have now arrived and will need guiding back onto the trellis.

Just as I was about to go I straightened the tap on the single water butt, which immediately started leaking. So I had to spend 20 minutes emptying the butt into buckets and the jerry can.