Now I don't think you get more mid winter than mid January. We may not have had any more frosts since I wrote about them last week, nor snow, but we have had some very cold and wet wintry days. Despite this however there are hints of spring out there, if you know where to look!
The hazel bush by the veg garden gate is sporting some immature catkins and others in more sunny locations are even bigger. Catkins are the flowers of various tree species including hazel and willow and as they are wind pollinated they do not need to wait until warmer weather when insects are flying to ensure pollination.
Things are afoot in the rhubarb patch and those red patches are the very beginnings of new rhubarb stalks. I know many gardeners force a crown under a large pot to get some early stalks but I prefer to let nature take her course and not force ... plus I still have plenty of bottled and frozen fruit to keep us going.
|Stirrings in the rhubarb patch|
I have already sown a couple of rows of broad beans in the polytunnel but I have to say I am not sure that even planting them twice as thick has saved them from the ravages of our resident mouse population will have worked. There are rather a lot of holes along the rows and I suspect a lot of the seeds may have been stolen. I went to sow some more in pots only to find I had no seeds left! Instead I started some early peas and mangetout in pots and I'll get some more broad bean seeds when I head to town later. Don't let me forget!
|Sowing early peas in the polytunnel|
Outside, as well as the catkins, there are a few flowers to be found. These little violas are outside the gite front door: ...
... and the first of our snowdrops are starting to flower. I hope you like the picture as I got rather wet knees taking it!
|First snowdrops of 2015|
Who knows what sort of weather we will have over the coming week. Rain and sun is forecast when actually I could do with some wind and sun to dry the soil. At the moment it is too wet to do much outside and I am getting behind. Oh well, you can't change the weather and, if nothing else, it should encourage me to get the polytunnel sorted once and for all!
Have you managed to get out in your garden this week? If so, have you linked up with Annie's How Does Your Garden Grow linky over at Mammasaurus?