welcome to my little suburban oasis, filled with flowers,fruit trees and vegetables

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Still snowy...

 The Boxing Day snowfall is still here - thawing slightly during the day but freezing again at night.

The forsythia continues to flower bravely...

really early daffodils

...and other flowers are re-emerging

red cabbage

but these cauliflowers seem lost completely

Picked this week - up to Christmas

Just before Christmas we pulled in a quick trip to the allotment - and were surprised at how much we found to bring back for dinner.

A reasonably sized cabbage - though, when it was peeled, it turned out bugs of some sort had eaten a lot of it!
a couple of stringy radishes


from the greenhouse at home - two very late chillies
and from both garden and allotment, a mix of spinach and american land cress.

On Boxing day though, we had a quick heavy fall of snow which shows no signs of melting away even now, three days later, so no more veg picking for a while.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Boxing Day Snow

 I'd begun to think that we'd have no snow before the end of the year. Just before Christmas I saw polyanthus and forsythia in flower, and snowdrop and daffodil shoots coming through - but then it snowed!

 This fell in about an hour, rapidly changing from rain to snow, and covering everything.

 Expecting it to change back to rain, and have all disappeared by morning I dashed out with the camera, but instead a freeze has set in, and, although the snow has melted slightly with bright daytime sunshine, at night the temperature is well below freezing.

Friday, 26 December 2014

Harvesting the Ginger

 As the stems of the ginger plant were growing a little tired looking, I decided it was time to see what was under the soil.

A reasonably-sized piece, about an inch and half long, which I've cleaned up to use...

...and several smaller 'marble-sized' pieces which I've replanted.
I'm not sure how well they'll do at this time of year - but I'll keep them in a warm spot and hope for the best.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Picked this week - 14th December 2014

 It's time to lift the Christmas tree! This is quite an old tree despite it's lack of height. It was bought as a rooted tree a long while ago, planted in my parents garden after it's first Christmas, left to recover and grow, lifted again, this time planted at the allotment where it's been for 4 or 5 years.

Also as there were a couple of days of heavy frost, got the blue winter radish lifted ...
... and the last summer radish

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Picked this week - 6th December 2014

Half a plate of spinach and land cress! That's all for this week - not quite, because I pulled more spinach for sandwiches throughout the week, but it's not been a very productive week.

We still have parsnips at the allotment but while it's warm(ish) they are best left in the ground. Hoping to have brussels for Christmas but it's not looking likely.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

More seeds to save.

 Following on from last week's post about saving my own seed - here's another!
I've been really impressed with the peppers and chillies we've grown this year, but can't remember what sort of seed I'd set - so I'm having a go at saving some. I'm not sure if this will be ripe enough but there's only one way to find out....

I also plan on saving seed from the chillies - for now though they're drying over the dining room radiator.

 I also harvested more radish seed - all of these pods came from one plant!
and collected some more flower seed; these thistle-shaped seedheads are from rudbeckia, another 'new' seed for me. I love the bright yellow orange flowers so hoping seed-saving works

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

December Flowers

 It looks like we're set for another weird month weather-wise - and just look at what is still flowering. Nasturtiums, hollyhocks, welsh poppies, fuchsias and rudbeckia! Strange doesn't seem to cover it.

Some things are more normal though  - winter jasmine, rosemary and polyanthus flowering

Monday, 1 December 2014

Picked his week - 30th November 2014

 With rainy, foggy weather and too many other things happening we only managed to get to the allotment once this week - mainly for maintenance of sheds and the like. Still managed to find a cabbage and a handful of tomatoes which might ripen with luck.

Back at home, I've had occasional bits of spinach and american land crees for lunch and stumbled on a surprise - a tiny alpine strawberry!