Saturday, 25 February 2017

And now the first camellia...

Never noticed until this photo that the wall behind desperately needs re-pointing..oh dear!

Friday, 17 February 2017

Signs of spring...

The first little daffodil, thank you Beverley, this is the pot you gave me last year.

Doesn't look much like allium christopherii, but it is a very fine mini forest of moss fruiting bodies.

Don't know what this one is but it has flowered all winter in the crevices of the back yard wall.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

tomato seedlings
Yes, I know, I know I wasn't going to sow any tomato seeds until March, but a day of sunshine got to me...

4 each of Shirley, a medium size fruit which has been highly recommended
4 of Outdoor Girl, a cherry bush type which were free seeds from DT Brown
4 of Garden Pearl an old favourite, cherry bush type
I also have 4 or 5 overwintered Marmande shoots.  That will pretty much fill up my available growing space.

I also sowed some leek seeds into a 5" pot (I missed the boat last year so I'm determined not to this year) and potted up the chitted sweet peas.  No sign of life from either of these as yet, but early days.

Monday, 23 January 2017

A nice day, cold but the soil has dried out enough to do some weeding around the onions,  horseradish and the saffron.

 The horseradish roots above look as if they have taken well, even though they have been got at by slugs, thanks Beverley...

The saffron bed is looking healthy but won't flower till the autumn

I had to retreat to the warmth of home when my finger ends turned to icicles.
Still picking sprouts, no signs of life from the beans as yet..but ever hopeful.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Extremely windy, my poly tunnel is never going to be the same, but otherwise everything looks ok.  The netting had blown off the sprouts and those dratted pigeon were at them already.   Ooh! they make me mad!

Lady Eleanor's hat has blown down over her eyes...

It has been warm the last few days (7C+) after last week  which was bitter cold (-1C) The sunshine despatched some of the snow

None left by the time I publish this entry.

Still picking sprouts.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Sowed some broad beans (Wizard) even though it is the wrong time of year...could be too early for lates and too late for earlies, But what with climate change, cold summers and warm winters, I might get away with it.  Giving it a go.

See what I mean!..a chrysanthemum flowering in January

Am resisting temptation to start some tomatoes away.  I will not sow tomatoes till March....I will not sow tomatoes till March....I will not sow tomatoes till March....

Monday, 2 January 2017

Still picking Brussels sprouts, there is a good crop this year, it provided two families with their Christmas sprouts.

 The garlic is overwintering quite nicely...

Late (14.45) winter sun on the plot.