Saturday was the first day this year I spent outside. The sun came out and it felt WARM. Previously I've run out carried out a job at high speed and run back in for a cup of something nice.
I started clearing round the base of a hedge to remove competition and giving it a good feed. The cleaned one side of the poly tunnel wall which had gone green over winter. Not the most pleasant of jobs as it involved water dripping down my arm but looks so good now it's done and so much more light is coming in.
Conversly, Sunday was very cold again and though I told myself I'd go out and get busy, it was back to dashing in and out.
My vase this week is tiny but all silver and pink.
Thyme 'Silver Posie, Lavender shoots and pink primula. I'm not really one for all the different colour primulas and polyanthus. This one, however, popped up in the grass in our last garden and was so pretty I had to move it to safety. Then it was one of the many plants which moved with us, now a large clump. It must have crossed with a primrose.
I think it's because it's such a sweet pink and is a classic flower as a child might draw.
|They are not quite there yet but this is what they look like in full bloom.|
I know I said I wasn't sowing any seeds until the middle of February, but broad beans are different!
I've used a technique I heard on the radio. UK gardeners may be familiar with Terry Walton. I heard him on the radio sharing his method.
I soaked the beans and then put them in a bag with some damp compost. This is after a few days:
and this about a week:
For the record, they all germinated.
I've potted them into small posts and I'm keeping them inside for now. I've had trouble with mice eating peas and beans so I'm taking no chances. They root out the pea and just leave a wilted shoot on the compost.
I think I'll try peas and sweet peas in the same way. I've germinated them on kitchen paper before but this is probably better.
Finally, a mystery.
I had tucked some beetroot under the bench in the tunnel last autumn. I've never watered them as I wanted them to store. They did, however, grow leaves and I had picked a very few for salads.
This week all the leaves have gone.
I don't know what has eaten them. I'm pretty sure it's not slugs and it was too much really for mice or voles. The leaves were 8-10 inches. I've never seen a rabbit in the garden (and don't want to) and there are no droppings, but we have seen hares nearby and deer so I suspect one of them. The stems are cut off at and angle which is a sign of rabbits apparently.
One of the strangest things is that nothing else has been touched,yet. There is spinach, kale and a few lettuces which you'd think would be attractive.
You can see new leaves are already starting to grow.
For inspiring and creative vases from around the world visit 'In a vase on Monday' hosted by Cathy from Rambling in the garden.