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Sunday, 25 January 2015


There's not a lot going on with either garden or allotment at the moment. Some repairs have been needed on the shed and poly-greenhouse. At home I've been clearing up last year's dead stalks and leaves to give a clearer view of the snowdrops pushing through.

Mainly though it's a time for sowing seeds and waiting.....  The sweet peas set just after Christmas are showing their first shoots now, and the first of the propagators is full with trays and pots of onions and tomatoes. Soon there'll be windowsills filled with seedlings...but not quite yet..

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Two gifts

First, some daffodils from the shop to cheer up the house and pretend that Spring is here. I picked some forsythia from the garden which will hopefully burst into flower, and found some fallen pussy willow twigs on the playing fields.

And from a friend, a double layered box of apples - very handy as the ones I have in store are ripening and rotting too quickly. I had to move things round quickly to find space, so pumpkins are having to share space with apples.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Settling in to the New Year

After Christmas's snow and frost, the weather seems to have settled back to mild but windy - VERY windy at times! We had a quick trip to the allotment last week, mainly to check up on things but also to plant out the Christmas tree in its new spot, add some extra ties to the new found-on-freegle pear tree and sow some late garlic bulbs bought in a sale. There's not really anything to pick at the moment - a row of parsnips waiting till I need them, and some kale coming ready for maybe next month. I've given up hope for any brussels - none are forming proper sprouts at all!
At home, I can see the buds on the snowdrops so it shouldn't be long before they're in flower.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

New Year, after the snow, round-up

 Last week's snow disappeared mysteriously overnight .....

and a crocus emerged!

The winter jasmine hasn't stopped flowering just because of a little cold weather but started so early that it's nearly finished.

 Neither snowdrops nor daffodils look any worse for several days under snow and ice.

 And although a little ratty round the edges the polyanthuses are picking up

 the cauliflowers look battered but hopefully they'll recover

 Hoping with some mild days I'll have spinach and american land cress to pull again by the end of the week

 and fortunately temperatures didn't drop low enough to worry the seedlings in the greenhouse.