What a contrast in the weather this weekend. One day it was very cold with icy rain and a wind that could blow you over, and the next lots of sun and at one point temperatures reaching 7 degrees apparently! I spent both days on the allotment digging away and I feel better for it.
On Saturday I really wasn’t prepared for the cold weather. Once home it was a good few hours before I defrosted – which is not very clever! At one point I jumped in my shed (the cupboard) to get out of the rain. I forgot my teabags – hot water just doesn’t do it – to find on Sunday they were in the cold frame! I need to remember be better prepared!
The best parts of the day were meeting the blackbird who visits the compost heap – he came by on Sunday too. The compost heap is full of rotting apples covered in peck marks. He appeared to be watching me whilst I was hiding in the shed – he didn’t seem that impressed with the rain either! And the super huge rainbow – I couldn’t capture its full arch but it was very special.
On Sunday I was better prepared and wore thermals, remembered the teabags, and my wooly hat! I spend the first few hours digging until my back said – no more thank you. I was hoping to finish this bed but it took a lot longer than I anticipated. I am such a slow digger, I imagine most people would have completed this task in a day. I filled two truggs with weeds which I am going to compost down separately to my other compost.
I also planted the raspberry (Autumn Bliss) canes. I’m hoping they are going to be ok as the ground on this side is so wet. As I split some of the plants up I had some spare canes which were showing signs of growth – I’ve potted these up until the ground is a bit drier and I can add another row of raspberries and blackberries.
It’s lovely to see things starting to grow and in flower. I started a hyacinth bulb just before Christmas and had completely forgotten about it. I retrieved it from my airing cupboard and the water was warm from its growth. I have a lovely orchid gifted to me some years ago – every January/February it flowers – today the first flower began to open – I know nothing about orchids but this one likes it to be cool and left to its own devises.
Lets hope next Sunday is like today!