Saturday, November 15, 2008

winter tidying


I've started to move the pots off my doorstep and put them in Billy's coldframes to keep them through the winter, if it gets really bad I can out their covers on for extra protection.
my leeks are doing good and there have been some nice pots of soup already, thanks Wildside for the seeds!!
a little rose doing its best in the sun, its blown away now...
a collection of autumn multi-coloured leaves, its a never ending thing... I used to keep them separate to compost but am too busy just now so have stuffed them in with everything else.

12 comments:

wildside said...

Your leeks look better than mine!

But, according to the name they originate from Scotland, so perhaps that is key!

peppylady said...

I did a little in the way of yard work around the place before the snow flies.

Coffee is on.

clairesgarden said...

Wildside, from memory were they Musselborough? I've written it down somewhere...they are nice and sweet, we have similar climates so they should be okay there, they are quite skinny this year, last year I had fat leeks, I don't know why they are different.
Peepylady, there's always work to be done outside, sometimes I would like just to sit and drink coffee though, my seat is now firmly covered against the weather, it needed painted this year but never got done as it was never dry enough.

wildside said...

Claire, mine look thinner than yours, but then I just stuck them in a poor spot I cleared in the ground, under a tree, in between roots, where nothing else would grow and just let that be it.

They still look like good eating one day soon! And added a bit of winter interest to the garden.

(Musselborough -- I think that's right!)

bonnie said...

Claire, have you ever seen the Chaffinch Map of Scotland?

A birdwatcher friend sent it to me - I liked it!

wildside said...

Hi again, Claire --

Took and posted a picture of said leeks for you! You'll see, they're not much to show off, but at least they are there, growing away in cool weather, waiting to be used at a future date!

Now to find some way of convincing hubby to eat winter veggies! (Or give up on this altogether?!? But even if we're not using it much, I do like the thought of something growing out there!)

Have a good week!

clairesgarden said...

Wildside, coming over to see your leeks right now...
Bonnie, thats a strange wee map, interesting though!

gfid said...

here we have 8 inches of snow. it's 8:15 and the sun hasn't come up yet. if i sound like i'm whining, it's because i am.

clairesgarden said...

GF, poor you, I don't think I could cope with such a long season of hard winter. but then I'm not overly impressed with the weather here either but have no intention of ever moving anywhere warmer.

tlc illustration said...

We've had an unseasonably gorgeous week, which has made it irresistable for winter cleanup.

I never quite know what to do with my leaves either. Some years they just get stuck in the general compost bin. Some years I use them as 'cover' for areas that I want to discourage over winter growth in.

I took too long getting to the beds this fall. I really had intended to plant a bed or two of cold weather veggies to cover with a portable cold frame and have greens to harvest throughout the winter, but alas... Maybe next year.

Claire said...

Wow, look at all the green you've still got! I have snow and definitely no blooms, save for the African violets indoors. My lavender plants still smell nice if I brush against them though. Reminds me that spring will come.

clairesgarden said...

Tara, I am always ful of good intentions to have a protected winter bed, once I managed to have lettuce till December but have not managed to organise a repeat...we will one year!!
Claire, thanks for visiting, the green has been under a layer of snow which has melted now, so everything is winter grey and cold, still treaures to be found somewhere.....once I get my wellies on to go and look!!