It’s been a crazy week weather-wise. We have had more rain than you can shake a stick at – lots of heavy fat rain drops that have turned the place into a bit of a muddy quagmire. We have had really scary electrical storms (I hate them) and strong winds and then all of that abruptly stopped and we had a heavy frost and a kind of sunny day. Not really the blue sky kind that normally accompanies a frost, but a thin cloud cover that lets enough sun through to let you know it was there, but not enough to actually warm you up! But as I could actually see the sun then I will happily label the day as “sunny”!
Despite the icy cold yesterday morning I couldn’t resist leaping out of bed and braving the elements to get a few photos as frost is really quite pretty. I expected the grass to make a crunching noise underfoot as I walked across to the garden, but to hear the mud crackle when I stepped on it was most peculiar.
While I was out there I decided to have a good look around as I had only done a cursory glance since I’d planted the onion and the garlic the other day, as I was so busy inside working on the final touches to my project – which I’m please to say I finished 17 days early, so now I am free to garden – except its school holidays so I’m not really free at all!
Anyway I can’t say my pukeko scaring devices have worked 100% as there was one onion lying on the surface – no damage done. Pukekoes just get curious and go “ooh that’s new, I wonder what it is?” and the pull the plant out, have a good look and decide it’s not that interesting and leaving it lying on the surface of the soil, where under normal circumstances it would dry out and die before being found. However this week it has been so wet and yucky the onion survived and so I just popped it back in and now you wouldn’t know which one had the run in with the pukeko!
My daffodil flowers have come out and now there are three flowers open. One is a little nibbled because I forgot how much slugs and snails like to eat them. But not anymore – I took care of that! Another thing I forgot is how fantastic they smell! If they weren’t planted in a dirty bucket – I’d bring the whole thing inside and inhale the scent all day!
The daffodils are really early. They shouldn’t be out yet. But then there are a whole load of plants in my garden with timing issues, some intentional and some just confused. My greenhouse tomatoes are going great guns and there are heaps of little green fruit all over the place… It won’t be long before we can eat some – can’t wait.
It is in the greenhouse that is found another curio: Passion fruit. I bought them early on in the autumn, under the assumption that they could be planted then, but on looking it up I discovered that they should be planted in the spring, so I popped them in the greenhouse to wait it out and they have flourished and even started to flower, which is unexpected! As everything is so mixed up I have started to leave the greenhouse door open when the wind isn’t blowing in case a bee decides to brave the elements and come and give my flowers a wee tickle!
There are two artichoke globes in the garden which is rather bizarre as they aren’t due until spring, and the strawberries are breaking into flower. This creates a dilemma. Each year I say I’ll mulch the strawberries and keep the weeds down – even when they aren’t pumping out the goods. Sadly this never happens… and the bed seems to have more dock than strawberry plants. So now it is a race against the season – clear out the bed before the strawberries start fruiting. Luckily the dock leaves have acted like a kind of mulch and suppressed most other weeds and the soggy soil is, in this instance, willingly giving up the stubborn roots that are ordinarily impossible to budge!
Come again soon – winter is marching on…
Sarah the Gardener : o )