Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Dreaming of Summer

Stuck inside and going cabin crazy dreaming of lovely summer days. Too wet to garden so painted a lovely bright flower to cheer myself up !

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Signs of Spring

Its a bit wild and windy up here but the little bit of extra warmth in the greenhouse and in the hotbed is making all the difference. The crocuses are putting out their lovely golden yellow flowers and the salads have all started to sprout. I went to start weeding in the polytunnel and found one alpine strawberry. The snowdrops are looking so beautiful in the shelter of the hedge bottom and the primroses are flowering alongside the stream.Watching telly with the cat I heard quite loud scratching coming from a plastic sack with firewood in it. Both me and the cat were worried it was a mouse and one of us would have to do something about it. (ok the cat looked quite cheerful and was probably thinking it could find room for a little one), but it turned out to be a longhorn beetle that must have emerged early because of the warmth. 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Happy New Year !!!

Ok its a bit late, but never mind. The weather has been all over the place one minute warm as spring the next gales and snow.  We have made hot beds in the greenhouse to get early salads going. in the garden primroses, red campion and daffs are out.

Collecting molehills to fill hot beds

Tete a tete out in Slaidburn

Hot bed with manure to add heat and be covered with about 8 inches of soil

Weather can get a bit dramatic up here !

Tit or wrens nest in climbing rose