Out of sorts
It is the beginning of midwinter with just over 60 days until spring – not that I’m counting and as I look around the garden not all is as it seems.
I love my winter sunflowers. I really would never have imagined there would be such a thing.
There are the usual midwinter things like onion seedlings still trying to stand up, a vast array of brassica doing their thing and garlic growing from strength to strength. There are empty beds, some that need a refresh for the new season and some that are all ready and waiting.
The cape gooseberries are coming along nicely – at this rate I’ll be able to make an awesome fruit salad with the fresh strawberries in the spring!
The Antirrhinum snapdragons are putting on a magnificent display. I don’t think they have even stopped. These ones are particularly gorgeous!
Well I think this has jiggyed up my crop rotation. Normally the peppers die over the winter and I start more from seed, but these don’t seem to want to quit so I’m going to give attention to their survival rather than letting them die and let them go another season where they are and who knows what the future will hold for these tenacious plants.
There are still loads of these peppers but given they are searingly hot habanero speak for themselves. There is only much hot sauces a mild mannered family needs.
Jostling side by side with the sunflowers are the first Erlicheer daffodils. They smell amazing. They smell like spring.
There was a borage flower floating in my wildlife pond. I’m not sure it should be flowering at all given it is the middle of winter.
We’re still getting eggplant. We had a couple of really good sized ones for dinner the other night!
Technically these aren’t in the garden, but I have tomatoes in the greenhouse.
Ordinarily that would be it for the goings on in the garden but alas no… there are other things from other seasons that surprise me with their presence. I have spring things and summer things blooming side by side in a season that isn’t theirs!
Come again soon – this winter is a crazy season.
Sarah the Gardener : o)