Sunday, January 17, 2021


snowdrops just about ready to bloom. I might pop some into a jar in the house. otherwise I'll never see them
inexepensive bulbs all coming up, hope they're nice and bright when they flower.
I did about an hours work in the garden yesterday, weather was better than expected and cleared up a bit in the afternoon. filled a bin and a feed bag with leylandi cuttings, its smothering a small bed at the bottom of it.

uncovered a bunch of snowdrops below the leylandi, there is also a peony and should be some erythroniums though they're not showing yet.
Saturdays temperatures
Sundays temperatures.
spot the cat. lol. he is funny.

Sunday, January 10, 2021


driech is a scottish description of a dismal, drizzley rain, foggy, cold day. todays temperatures are Max 6.7c (44f), Min 0.9c (33.6f) and current also 6.7c. Yesterday I recorded ( probably for the week as I hadn't been able to open the door for a few days... frozen shut!) Max 8.1c (46.5f), Min -8.4c (16.8f) and current of 1.3c (34f). So it's a  milder day , but preferred the cold with the sunshine....
leeks and onions , a flimsy plastic cover
and then the hard plastic domes over the top of that.  there's a post somewhere with the trays covered with garden fleece, must have been before I discovered the high dome tops and I have photo evidence of them in 2007,,,, they have some age to them and are cracking, discolouring and disintegrating.. I have purchased some new ones that are still in the house and will come out to be used when needed. I hope they last as long !!
Casper joined me in the greenhouse.. on the wicker footstool which is in there with the wooden garden chair to be protected from the weather .
little clumps of snowdrops coming up through the leaf litter beside the hedge
nearly nearly  but not quite open yet
and again , himself , quite the gardening cat today, lol

I received some amazon tokens for christmas, along with the max/min themometer, so I've just spent about an hour online choosing a garden journal , and also a plant journal to record the plants in the garden. I have attempted to keep a diary on my laptop but would prefer to write the notes , also the journals are 'prompted' so you just have to fill in info. I'm nearly finished typing up a current seed list, too many - too exciting....

link to recipe from MotherEarth News

Fire Cider and Chutney , useful for colds

Saturday, January 02, 2021

garden update


I forget if I've posted this photo ...  must really make a seed list. And I really can't keep garden notes on the lap top, I never update it.

there are some snowdrops showing,  but not in flower yet, and can see some cyclamen green leaves in a couple of places.

 can still  pick some broccoli, some leeks and some spinach, so those are things that need 'more of' for this year. 

in the greenhouse today – using seed trays and old high dome propagators.....

Onions sown.... Walla Walla and Cipolla Rossa Di Tropea

Leeks sown..... Blue Solaise and Large American Flag

the best christmas present, a digital Maximum Minimum thermometer.... todays readings are...  max  9.9c (49.8f), min -3.9c (25f), temperature as I was planting about 2.30pm was  5.2c dropping to 3.9c by the time I was done. Casper kept running between the house and the greenhouse telling me that he's not a gardening cat at the best of times, and it was too cold!!