May 12, 2010 · 7:13 am
Well I’ve been caught by the frost. My bizzie lizzies were left out by accident and they’ve shrivelled….and it’s a good thing I’ve sown some more cucm
bers and green beans as well. This is take 2 on the cucumbers. Serves me right of course for not keeping things under wraps. Apparently it was the coldest May night for 15 years last night and I believe it. Forever full of optimism though I keep checking the weather forecast and maybe, just maybe there is a little bit of an increase in the temperature by the end of the week.
Meanwhile Elsie’s friends are scheduled to arrive on the 22nd. Oh we need fence. I’ve got such a big area to fence though I’ve been looking everywhere for the best bargain. I suspect it’ll be chain link and then at least Elsie and her little ex battery pals can enjoy the summer if we get some.
Plant shopping and digging today with an eye on late summer colour for a client planning a party in September. We’ve had some great autumns in recent years so let’s hope that this year’s no exception – maybe it’ll make up for the spring.
January 13, 2010 · 10:10 am
So here I am still trapped indoors – today because of the ice and maybe later more snow. So I’m pleased I’d brought a little bit of springtime inside – this snowy looking thing is a pot of 3 hyacinth bulbs, which I brought in last week. If you had potted up hyacinths and got them ready for flowering in December you might have ‘held’ them outside in the cold until you wanted to bring them in to flower – and fill the house with that lovely spring time smell. One week on and they look altogether much more like it.
They’re replacing the ones I brought in at Christmas which have faded now. As and when I ever get a fork into the ground again they’ll go in the garden and flower again next year – but at their natural flowering time later in the spring.
I’m delighted to say I’ve got another pot outside so I can have more in a week or two.
I’d love to get cracking in the garden but things don’t look like changing outside any time soon. The Bloms bulbs catalogue arrived yesterday and got me quite excited at the prospect of actually gardening. But I am thinking about what little veggie seeds I can start off indoors in the next few weeks. Of course a greenhouse that’s in one piece rather than stacked up against the house wall would be good – but soon it’ll be up I hope. In the meantime I’m saving all the loo roll cardboard tubes and kitchen roll tubes to sow beans and trying to fathom where would be the best place to put the veg bed. Not having seen the sun for some time makes it a bit tricky though!