|The cows in the back field are all lined|
up against the hedge
where the sun is warmest
I don't know whether you can remember as far back as last Saturday, but compared to the freezing cold weather we are having at the moment, it was positively balmy. I actually did some proper gardening - something I haven't done for quite a while. I worked outside (without a coat) emptying the compost bin and spreading the remaining compost over the raised beds. Then I turned the second bin and was left with about two feet in depth of lovely, crumbly compost from last year which I will spread once the weather warms up a bit. I pruned a climbing rose and the hardy fuschia and a buddleia. I was pleased with all the jobs I managed to get done - but then the weather turned, and we have had hard frosts all week - it really has been bitterly cold.
The good news is that we had an oil delivery, so even if it does snow or whatever, at least we will be warm - the bad news is that the price of oil has soared and it cost over £300 to half fill the tank. Sadly, we have no gas supply in the village, so the oil suppliers can charge what they want, and we can do nothing about it. We do have a communal delivery which is supposed to keep the price down - heaven knows what it would have cost otherwise!
So, wondering what I could do a post about today I wandered (well not exactly wandered, it is definitely too cold for wandering) - let's say I purposefully went outside to see if there was anything worth photographing - the answer is practically nothing - everything has flopped with the cold and the ground is rock hard - below are one or two plants that I found.
|Euphorbia - Fireglow|
And that's it, pathetic isn't it - nothing else to show you. At least the days are lengthening slowly, so it isn't all doom and gloom. Plus my seeds arrived from Moreveg, a seed company I found out about through Flighty they were ones I was having difficulty sourcing elsewhere, and include Turks Turban and Spaghetti Squash, Chervil, Hyssop, Red Clover, Celery Leaves, Bronze Fennel and one or two others. My order arrived within two days, lovely little seed packets with not so many seeds that I won't know what to do with them all. Excellent, and if they all germinate, I shall definitely be going back to Moreveg next year.