Drier, sunnier and warmer

Despite it being rather chilly I’ve spent two mornings plotting. Yesterday I tidied and weeded in and around both clumps of crocosmia which was okay until I did the ones down at the bottom, south-west corner where it’s really soggy and the ground was like cold blancmange!

I also did my once yearly tidy up around and on the log pile, mostly cutting back or pulling up the rosebay willowherb stems that grow through the logs. This year I shall probably grow nasturtiums around most of this area.

Log pile and pond

Today I hoed and weeded all round so that now I’m waiting for drier, sunnier and warmer weather so that I can start planting and sowing. That won’t be for week or more as the forecast is for heavy rain, and some sleet, tonight and tomorrow night. There will also be a brisk easterly wind making it feel around zero through to at least Monday.

Daffodils, from the backThe first daffodils to bloom are some mini ones, no more than six inches high, so the best photo I could take of them is this unusual back view.

Frosty looking perennial cornflower leavesThe perennial cornflower leaves only look frosty!

'Ferns' growing on a logThe log at the top, north-west corner is partly covered with grasses which I found are obscuring these ferns(?) growing on it.

Have a good weekend!

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About Flighty

...allotmenteer, armchair gardener, blogger and sofa flyer.
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25 Responses to Drier, sunnier and warmer

  1. snowbird says:

    It’s certainly all going on at your plot now! So lovely to see your unusual back view of the mini daffs. It’s amazing anything can get done as the weather is so cold and unpredictable. We do seem to be getting too much rain! Our forecast is for snow tomorrow???? madness!!
    I may get some perennial cornflowers….I do love them. Have a great weekend.
    Oh…your marigolds have started to sprout!xxxxx

    • Flighty says:

      Snowbird yes there is despite the horrible weather. Thanks. I’m surprised that I did as much as I did. Sleet/snow forecast for here tomorrow.
      Good idea, I think that there a terrific plant, and bees love the flowers. Thanks, you too.
      That’s good news! xx

  2. Jo says:

    It sounds like you’ve had a couple of busy days. How I wish I could get something done at the allotment, we woke to snow again yesterday, though the rain washed it away in no time at all. We’re forecast snow again tomorrow so it doesn’t look as though much will get done this weekend again. We’re going to be so behind with everything at this rate.

    • Flighty says:

      Jo I think that I must have been in the right mood for once to have done as much as I did.
      I sympathise, and it’s now just the same here again. I think that everyone is going to be behind this year, but never mind I’m sure we’ll all catch up. xx

  3. annie_h says:

    Yes that is definitely what we want. But don’t think we are going to get it for a while, Lots of snow forecast for here tomorrow and saturday so don’t think I’ll be able to get to my plot. On the local forecast tonight he did say that it might be getting milder for the Easter weekend. We live in hope!

  4. wellywoman says:

    It’s crazy to think this time last year it was so warm we were gardening in t-shirts and now look at it. At least you’re all prepped and ready to go for the glorious Easter we’re going to have. Well, you can hope. 😉 Like the shot of behind the daffs, it’s good to get a different perspective on plants. Stay warm this weekend. WW x

    • Flighty says:

      Welly apparently March has been colder than December was. I sure hope that Easter is a good one. Yes I took that almost without thinking and it proved to be the best one.
      Thanks, I will. xx

  5. elaine says:

    At least you are managing to get bits done – I am so far behind I am meeting myself coming back. We are off to Norfolk this weekend – never been to the coast when it is snowing – should be intertesting. Have a productive weekend if you can.

    • Flighty says:

      Elaine yes I’ve been lucky really. That must be confusing. Have a good weekend, whatever the weather. The forecast is looking grim so I think much of it will be spent armchair gardening again. xx

  6. nikkipolani says:

    Yay! The daffodils have come! Why do I not remember your growing croscosmia? Have you shown a photo of their blooms before? I like your bit of “fence” by the woodpile 😉

  7. NorthernTeacher says:

    Nice blog, Flighty. I have a few log piles and the one that was here when I first arrived is very similar to yours only mine has great willowherb growing through it. I’ve only recently cut it down because the wind was thrashing it all around! Fingers crossed for warmer weather soon!

    • Flighty says:

      Jane thanks. I just have the one which I started when I first got the plot. I think that it’s well worth having one as a wildlife haven. Most definitely! xx

  8. Mo says:

    Heehee! I like your link to explain what blancmange is 🙂 I haven’t had it for years! We’re in for a cold weekend I think.

    • Flighty says:

      Mo I mentioned on Facebook and an American friend queried what is was, hence the link. Nor me, and I never did like that much. It looks like it, with sleet/snow forecast for here tomorrow. xx

  9. Joanne says:

    I like the pebbles in your little pond. Much nicer than my plank of wood. I will have to change to pebbles I think.

  10. I’m impressed at how much you managed to get done before the weather closed in again Flighty, very satisfying. I rather like the back view of the daffs, and they are so cheerful, much needed at this time of year. Nasturtiums round the log pile sounds perfect.

  11. Hannah says:

    Oh you’re so organised! I’m going to take a leaf out of your book next week and do some much needed tidying.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Your “cornflower” actually looks to be Lambs Ear, or technically “Rose Campion” a beautiful magenta colored flower that is said to be an ‘heirloom ‘ flower…the kind you’d see in your grandmother’s garden or English gardens. I only know this because I kept seeing it everywhere and asking until somebody knew! Lol Then I looked online and found more about it. It’s one of my faves.💚🌼

    • Flighty says:

      Anonymous hello, whoever you are! It may look like Lamb’s Ear but it is definitely perennial cornflower (centaurea montana).
      Thanks for the comment.

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