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Saturday, 28 December 2013

Unseasonal veg

I've been keeping a couple of cherry tomato plants in the porch on the off-chance that they'd survive winter. I wasn't expecting them to carry on fruiting though!

Monday, 23 December 2013

Picked this week - 22nd December 2013

 I was a bit amazed by how much a found at the allotment this week

a huge bunch of radish
 leeks, which aren't so surprising at this time of year
 kale and broccoli
and the all important Christmas brussels. Thay're not very big, but with some picked earlier I now have enough for Christmas dinner

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Winter Solstice

 For midwinter, today was a mild day. I spent some time this morning pottering about to and from the shed, planting daffodil and tulip bulbs and anemone corms that I bought amazingly cheaply this week. Some I've planted into pots for hopefully some early Spring flowers in the house, the others are out in the garden.

Looking around, I was surprised how much colour is still around - the house walls are covered in jasmine and cotoneaster.

More polyanthus are coming into flower

 Unfortunately, the birds seem fond of this pink one and have nibbled most of it away.

 And there are still summer 'leftovers' - an oriental poppy with two buds, orange welsh poppies in flower and the black hollyhock is still going strong.

As I'm typing this up, late at night, I can hear birds twittering in the pyracantha at the front of the house, sounding as if they're nesting already. Surely that's not possible?

After the winds...

Last week's wind caused some trouble down at the allotment. Some of the greenhouse glass was broken, so we decided to take the rest out and pack it away safely for winter. The poly-greenhouse had a side ripped. But the silliest thing was the shed having a little lie down. Fortunately some old double-glazing panels, intended for cold-frames and being stored in the shed till Spring, survived the tumble but now we have to work out a way to lift it back up again.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Picked this week - 8th December 2013

 really late putting this post up as we've both been sidelined with headaches and coughs. Fortunately we managed to get down to the allotment earlier in the week and found LOTS of lovely things to bring home...

I'm stunned that there are still raspberries to be picked though for next year I'd like to put some netting or fleece over them to get even more!
 a big haul of brassicas - the first brussels sprouts 9which went in the freezer for Christmas),  kale and two small cabbages
 lots of spinach
and a couple of leeks lifted 'in case' - I either lift them and don't need them, or want some when I haven't brought any home.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

December in the garden

 Most of the garden is looking ragged and bare with only the honesty seed pods to lighten it but a bit of looking around turned up a surprising number of flowers.

 winter jasmine growing up the walls

 rosemary underneath it

the black hollyhock is determinedly flowering

and next spring's polyanthus coming into flower

 kaffir lilies looking straggly but colourful still

 and a lone welsh poppy.
One of the oriental poppies has a bud but I don't think it will manage to flower at this time of year.

 the garage wall is covered with cotoneaster berries
the front wall with pyracantha

and the rowan in the front garden has masses of berries

Monday, 2 December 2013

Picked this week - 1st December 2013

We haven't been to the allotment at all this week, so all I've picked were a few cherry tomatoes from the plants in the porch.