Seriously! Winter is supposed to be cold, wet and yucky, with a roaring fire to keep you warm. Gumboots are meant to be essential to stop your feet getting saturated when walking across the lawn. Raincoats should be at the ready and warm woolly jumpers should be pretty much glued on. Jack Frost should be a regular visitor; however we’ve seen more of the Tooth Fairy.
I’ve been seen outside in a Tee shirt and I don’t even know where my raincoat is. I wear my gumboots because they are comfy and are my favourite choice of shoe. Sadly they can’t be worn everywhere. The lawn isn’t saturated at all, but a thick, lush green growing machine that seems to have determined plans to reach for the sky. We are beginning to have more days without the roaring fire – it’s just not cold enough and it is definitely not yucky outside. It is positively pleasant. It is a pleasure to be working in the garden. But my biggest concern is it’s not wet.
We have had hardly any rain. July boasted a modest rainfall of 46.6mm for the month. There were 18 days that didn’t get any rain at all and three had so little that you may as well declare them dry as well. The boffins at the weather office got all excited and declared a heavy rain warning for across the country, and so I didn’t water in my new strawberries or onions as I didn’t want them to drown. I don’t know what happened to our anticipated heavy rain, it didn’t come. Things are all pretty dry in my garden and I am going to have to get the hose out! Maybe the rain didn’t come because I didn’t get the hose out earlier?
I have enough experience under my belt as a gardener to know that this is a blip, an anomaly. This is not a gift horse to have its mouth looked into. I will not be racing out and planting out my garden with cucumbers and tomatoes. The cold and wet will come back, and be back so much so that I will begin moaning about how it has been wet and cold for ages!
Come again soon – I’ve begun exploring greenhouse assemble instructions on line but to no avail. I’ll need to get creative.
Sarah the Gardener : o )