Friday, 28 November 2014

amaryllis update

The two amaryllis bulbs that were over-summered, have come to fruition. Well, one of them has...

The double white one has gone ridiculously tall, while the other, the red one, looks as if it just going to produce leaves. Pity, I liked the red one best.

But the double one is looking stunning and looks as if it might manage four blooms on one stem. Whether another flower stem will develop remains to be seen. There is something more growing from the bulb, but I can't yet tell if it is leaf or stem.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Shed door jammed

The Shed has entered its first winter and has not taken too well to the damp of an English autumn, the door has swollen shut.  I managed to pry it open, to sand a bit off the edge and it opens and closes, just... I didn't want to take too much off as it will likely shrink again in the summer. The shed is really not very strong and the whole thing bent horribly when I forced the door open.

After that, nothing to do but stand and admire the gloaming

Monday, 17 November 2014

November wet and mild so far

It rained pretty solidly all night, so it was too wet to do anything much.

I hoed around the leeks and winter onions to keep them tidy.  I'm forever being reminded that onions don't like weeds as competition. The onions are still a bit grass-like, but leeks are rather fine looking and the green manure (winter mix from SowSeeds, if I recall correctly) has sprouted away.

I'm very tempted to have at them with the strimmer, but I'm told they will die back with the frosts (if there is any, it has been very mild for November)

I hope there will be frosts, as I have dug up the rhubarb to expose its roots to the frosts, which seems cruel but is apparently the thing to do.  My Dad used to do it, but I have to admit that this is the first time I have ever remembered to do it at the proper time of year.
(The black polythene is supposedly keeping some burnable rubbish dry until the weather dries up a bit and I can have another fire.)

The sweet clover I supposedly broadcast (not very well, I now see) hasn't made much growth, I'm not sure how big it is supposed to get, but I would've thought bigger than that.

But there are signs of the mild autumn

Flowers on the poached egg plants, also the phacelia is still flowering in another part of the plot,

And lots of buds and even a new leaf on the whitecurrant bush.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

morning mist

A chill, misty morning on Hunter's Moor....

Wednesday, 12 November 2014


Banana (musa ensete) extricated from the papyrus and potted up. Looking a bit greener and has grown another leaf, so seems happy.

Sunday, 2 November 2014


1st November, open season on garden fires.

I actually got one going for longer than 10 minutes and got rid of nearly all the burnable detritis lying around the garden.

It was an ideal day for it too.

But that smoke...eyewatering! It seeks me out and follows me around until I stumble out of the cloud, lungs heaving and eyes streaming!