This last week started and finished with frost. In between we had wind and rain plus one day when it was warm enough to sit outside and pod beans.
|Podded Runner Beans|
Yes you did read that correctly. Each year I try to saver runner bean seeds, some for eating and some for sowing the following year, as Runner Bean seeds are difficult to get in France and if you do find them (usually on the flower rather than veg section) you get 5 seeds for about €3. Hence I collect my own, when I remember! It was only this week that I remembered I had not harvested them but luckily their tough outer cases had protected most of them and I podded a bowlful, sat outside with no coat on January 5th.
No chance of doing that since then as the cold frosty weather has returned. I shot outside early yesterday morning and took these photos just before the sun rose above the horizon.
|Moon and morning pink over the play area|
|Frosty Sedums, Rosemary and Japanese Rose stalks|
|Don't think I'll be digging here today|
|Waiting for spring|
|Old raspberry stalks protecting the roots|
I love frosty days like this. I know some plants need a cold spell to grow well (eg strawberries) and some seeds will not germinate unless they have had a number of days below freezing, a process known as vernalisation. I know that a cold snap will kill off some unwelcome plant pests and weeds and I know I can enjoy the beauty of the frost and have a day off from digging ... if only I actually did a lot of digging! Give me frost any day over wind and rain.
How has your gardening week been? Have you managed to get outside or have you restricted yourself to armchair gardening? In that case, Annie's link up at Mammasuarus, How Does Your Garden Grow will have some more garden pictures: