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.
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 ...
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
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
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!