Next week they are predicting winter is finally here with snow expected and talk of a Beast from the East soon arriving.
The overnight temperature finally dropped in my back garden to 1.5 degrees – I added another thermometer because I thought the first might be broken. Weatherpeople were predicting below zero temperatures but the thermometer minimum did not shift from two degrees.
The days are getting slightly longer; enough so that the sun shines for a few hours in the back garden per day. It does not shine on the ground at all, just the wall where I keep the lime tree. I think it is enough to trigger the flowers to begin to bloom again
The front garden has not been informed of the cold weather and all the daffodils are starting to bloom. I am hoping that the cold weather will halt them and they will wait until at least February (although we are going on a long holiday for most of Feb so perhaps I will miss out altogether)
The battle against the squirrels rages on, I just saw them pick the crocus flower out of the shoot, they have no heart, these squirrels. I found these tulip bulbs shooting so there is still hope for the flowers next year. I did not plant these this year so they have seemed to have slipped past the squirrels’ eye without being gnawed; I think these are babies left in the ground from the renovation. It seems that they will only dig up and eat the ones that are new this year so hopefully the survival of the fittest sees me with at least some crocus appearing next year.
The left hand photo is what is left of the Calanthe orchids that I bought last year; I thought they would die down but they seller did say they were very hardy. There are new shoots not able to be seen on this picture; waiting to grow when the weather is warmer, I think I will cut off these leaves when that happens to neaten the plant up. Then the new shoots and flowers will look like the right hand picture again.
Amaryllis watch continues with ‘Red Pearl’ finally making an appearance; it has grown very slowly compared to its neighbour ‘Olaf’. It still has another bloom that has not even attempted to get out of bed yet. The funny thing I should have realised is the way that the bulbs shrink so much. ‘Olaf’ has lost so much weight that he seems at least a third smaller than when first planted. I guess I just never realised as all the bulbs are doing their thing underground usually and by the time you did them up they have fattened up again at the end of the season.
Lastly, my tiny Brussel sprouts tell me there is no point expecting anything to grow past October in my back garden. The sun is too low in the sky to help anything grow so they all just wait until the spring is back with sunshine. The only things that seems to not care are the kale and Swiss chard; the kale especially has continued to grow new leaves throughout the new year.
I am off to order a bunch of dahlia tubers that I no doubt have no room. I bought some cheap ones last year and they seemed quite successful so this year I am spending a grand total of two pounds per tuber (I might even splash out on the £2.50 category and go totally wild)
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