It’s been too cold

Plotting was put on hold for most of last week as apart from Sunday and Friday it’s been too cold with a bitter wind, and one morning there was ice on the dustbin lid pond. There’s been surprisingly little rain for weeks and the ground surface has dried out out so I did some watering on Friday.

Looking closely at the onion sets I can see that they’re beginning to sprout, and it’s always good to see new leaves on the blackberry bush and raspberries.

   

This morning I picked the first few rhubarb stems, with plenty more to come.

All the yellow daffodils have now mostly finished leaving just the white Thalia to enjoy.

Thankfully it looks like being slightly warmer, and less windy, from Tuesday onwards so I hope to plant out the rest of the potatoes over a few days.

Take care, and have a good week!

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18 Responses to It’s been too cold

  1. CJ says:

    The Thalia daffodils are looking lovely, I see that Monty Don has some as well. You’re right, it has been cold. I am hoping that tonight is the last of it though as I have seedlings that need to move outside very soon. Hope you have a good week, CJ xx

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    • Flighty says:

      CJ I’m glad you like them, and I’m not surprised as they’re one of the most popular white varieties. let’s hope we all get warmer weather soon. Thanks, and you too. xx

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  2. Good to see new shoots even if it is still cold. xx

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  3. Andy Randall says:

    Cold but bright so have managed to get outside for a bit more clearing up for the Spring. Here’s to warmer weather this week so that we can all move on! Have a good one, Andy xx

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  4. Liz says:

    How good to have the first pickings of rhubarb and despite your cold weather, to see the berry leaves appearing. Hope you have a warmer week to come (and a little rain).

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  5. We just have to listen to the weather, don’t we? Love the Thalia, my favourite (one of them anyway). Stay warm Mike, and have a great week. x

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  6. Jo says:

    It’s currently snowing here, we’ve had snow flurries on and off all week, though we’ve had sunshine too. I don’t think the weather can make up its mind at the moment. That looks like a good clump of rhubarb, I can see plenty of crumbles on your menu.

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    • Flighty says:

      Jo snow was forecast for there this morning but thankfully none so far. It’s just been cold here, especially in the wind. Thanks, it’s certainly looking good this year. xx

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  7. menhir1 says:

    I lingered over the picture of your Thalia. Have you thought about re-naming your pond from dustbin lid to something exotic…? Thalia and dustbin lid made odd vocabulary juxtaposition in writing.
    I was surprised to hear you were able to crop some Rhubarb, especially during the Arctic blast. For all the weather issues, from what you describe, your plot may well give you good yields this year. xxx

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    • Flighty says:

      Menhir good for you. I could call it the flower patch pond, and the washing up bowl one the log pile pond.
      It’s grown surprisingly well so far. It may well do, providing there’s not a drought or high temperatures. xx

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  8. menhir1 says:

    Ooh I like the sound of the flower patch pond, (FPP) and the LPP has a certain ring to it as well. They have a ring of secret Garden and fond memories.

    Should there be a lack of rainfall and too much warmth, are there any protective measures you can take, apart from collecting buckets of water from a well and collecting spare umbrellas with which to shade the plants? xxx

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    • Flighty says:

      Menhir I’ll try to remember to use these names in future. That’s a good thought.
      There’s a water tap and tank nearby, it’s just that the watering that can get slightly wearing at times. If it gets hot there’s nothing I can do. xx

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  9. snowbird says:

    Oh, we’ve had that bitter wind too, it’s awful! Your fruit bushes are romping away, and sadly I envy your rhubarb! xxx

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