I’ve just finished reading Of Rhubarb and Roses – The Telegraph Book of the Garden – edited by Tim Richardson which I won in Karen’s Blog Giveaway, and will be doing a review post soon.
The last article in it was Spare a thought for the gardener during the coldest months by Ursula Buchan published on 15 January 2005. In it she writes…Mr Willis, my head gardener, told me that he reckoned the days started perceptibly to draw out on January 12 (which is today). He also told her that As the days lengthen, the cold strengthens.
So far this winter has been relatively mild so be warned, and be patient. Don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s okay to start planting and sowing.
Despite being mostly mild it has, as you know, been very wet and rather windy at times. So much so that some of the plot has had the look of a chocolate blancmange about it.
I’ve also been browsing through the Chiltern Seeds catalogue. Among other things I’ve been looking for a couple of less common annual flowers that I’ve not grown before. I like the look of Omphalodes linifolia and Saponaria vaccaria, both of which are listed so I may well give them a try.
Have a good week!