Christmas Wanderings

Walking, and some much needed fresh air. It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday, not a breath of wind. Some of the frost didn’t melt all day and as soon as the sun started to head back towards the horizon it was cooler. Cold even. I found the perfect sitting log. There were quite a few walkers – some friendly – some as cold as the air. But a lovely walk, and feeling so much better for it.

Roses (in the ugly stage)

From the sofa some nice roses seemed like such a good idea, so easy to order and on offer as well….

However, digging the bed was less fun. Stripped back the earth, dug through the horrid clay / old builders debris from c. 1960, waited for the frosts to end.

But in the end they are in: Gentle Hermione, Munsted Woods, Skylark, Cottage Maid and the Ingenious Mr Fairchild. I am planning to under plant with geraniums and bulbs. Hopefully prettier photos will be available in June, but for now, here are some stalks and manure. 😉

 

Fruit canes and garlic overdose

Latest from the allotment ….

The storm ripped up a lot of my weed suppressing fabric, and now I have horrible strands of frayed fabric all over the allotment (grr) maybe I shouldn’t have cut it. Very annoying. I also met a very helpful lady who recommended putting weed suppressing under the raised beds. She was doing a beautiful job with her enormous allotment so she has a point.

Anyway, I have planted the following Raspberries:

  • Black Jewel (a black variety)
  • Autumn Bliss
  • All Gold (a yellow variety)
  • Polka

And these gooseberries:

  • Hinnonmaki Yellow
  • Invicta
  • Xenia

Then lots of garlic – Thermidrome, Cristo & Purple Wight Garlic. Ideally I would have put these in raised beds too, but as they are not built yet the clay soil will have to do for this year.

I have put lots of manure on the ground which will be the potato patch next year, which smelt bad and somehow the smell lingered even after washing and showering!