I have become a bit complacent. The greenhouse is still not quite finished. It is just a couple of roof panes that need to go in, but I can’t do it by myself as I really don’t want to be climbing ladders with glass all by myself – it just seems a little bit too dangerous. So the plan is to climb the ladder safely and then Hubby the Un-Gardener will pass me the glass.
There are problems with this safe plan. I have to wait for him to be free, and these days he is a very busy man, and when he is free it is raining. He doesn’t want to do it in the rain as he doesn’t think it is all that safe – something about slipping while holding glass… I guess he has a point.
In the meantime I have been letting my wee seedlings spend the day in the glasshouse and moving them into Hubby the Un-Gardener’s office at night – in front of his big window. Then every morning I have to move them out again so they don’t get trodden on. It is a real palaver but it keeps the need to get the greenhouse finished in the forefront of his mind.
But the other night I was really knackered and I checked out the weather forecast and was surprised to learn that the overnight low was supposed to be 14°C!!! We have had days colder than that with my seedlings hanging out in the uncompleted greenhouse. So I figured they would be ok to have their first sleep over in the greenhouse and they survived the night.
So last night I checked the weather and once again it was to be 14°C so I decided to leave them in there again. The thing is, when checking the forecast I didn’t look beyond the temperature and completely missed the severe weather warning.
Feeling a little smug I climbed into bed only to be woken at 4am to an incredible electrical storm overhead, heavy rain – you know the kind with the fat rain drops and winds that seemed really strong. Aside from being afraid of thunder and lightening – although I tried to make myself feel better by reminding myself that lightening is good for the garden as it converts nitrogen from the air into something plants can use – I felt happy that with a good solid glasshouse I wouldn’t need to worried about it blowing away like every other greenhouse I have ever had. Not one of them would have stood up to the elements last night.
Then I remembered that it was not all snug and secure out there. There were still panes missing. The wind could get in and wreck my seedlings or knock over the shelves. So I lay there worrying about my seedlings out in the storm, like I have in every spring storm there has ever been since I first put a seed into soil.
Daylight revealed my fears were unfounded and my seedlings were safe. But my garden and the backyard seems to have turned into a lake. The boffins as the weather office suggest we had 26.6mm of rain but it seems loads more than that and some of my taller plants have taking a bit of a hammering. But it is spring and the weather is unpredictable, but best of all we are one day closer to summer.
Come again soon – I still have a load of weeding left to do to be truly spring ready.
Sarah the Gardener : o )