As you can see we have an area that we cover with weed suppressant membrane, you can just about make out the slits,I plant the potatoes through these a good 12 " deep and then there is no need to earth up.The membrane not only acts as weed barrier but tends to warm the soil up as well.
AT LAST finally showing some life is
The rhubarb,we have some we are forcing so will take some pictures when we take the cover from it,this is also in the raised bed so I think hiding away from all the bitter wind we have been having.
AT LAST the Globe artichokes,I have grown ornamentals before and sowed these from seed last year and planted them in the autumn so am really hoping they are going to do something this year.
AT LAST I also managed to clear the strawberry bed and found quite a few flower buds hiding away underneath all the dead leaves.I am sure these will get frosted but there will be plenty more to follow,I then gave them a good feed.
AT LAST I have started to move lots of things across to the unheated greenhouse as I was running out of room in the heated one,I will let them harden off in here,normally I would put them out with some fleece over but I don't think we have seen the last of the really cold stuff yet.
AT LAST Just to prove I grow flowers as well as my blog name suggests I took a picture of these lovely Hyacinths,they smell heavenly.They were in a wicker basket my brother gave to me on our birthday(he is my twin) a couple of years ago.The crocus have gone over but I know these will last a while.
AT LAST,the lovely bright green leaves of the Hawthorn is showing along the hedgerows,it is a lovely green so fresh.
AT LAST I actually managed to sit in the garden with a cuppa and had a lovely time watching the Blue-tits,there were 3 sets going from box to box,having a good look round a good chatter to each other then a bit of inter-action between the sets.One in particular could't have been totally happy with his mate and was intent on trying to woe one of the other females.They got a bit carried away at one point and were in and out of the hedge until the blackbird came and gave them a good telling off as they were a bit close to his nest.I also saw the thrush dive out of the Pyracantha yesterday, it would be nice to see her nesting in the garden again,she nested in the honeysuckle one year which was right next to our table,in a normal summer(the last two not counting) we tend to have most of our meals outside so we ended up having to move the table.