I have realised that yesterday was one of the very rare days when I didn’t have a ramble round the garden, having gone out swimming early then straight out again after breakfast with the Golfer until late afternoon when it was already dark. Today’s first ramble was therefore all the more pleasurable, particularly when I had another poke around under the recently spread leaf mould and compost in the species snowdrop border and spotted a green shoot. Ahah indeed!
Westonbirt Arboretum, where yesterday’s acers were photographed, would normally be too far for a day trip but we had a visit to make only a few miles away so it would have been silly not to go while we were so close. Despite the greyness of the rain and hail and motorway closures at the start of our journey they all cleared to give a few hours of blue sky and sunshine until half way through our journey home, so we were able to appreciate the autumn glories of the Gloucestershire countryside. Although it was lovely to see the acers and some of Westonbirt’s other wonderful specimens I have to confess that there are woodlands and arboretums that I like a good deal more – there is something of a grandness of scale at Westonbirt that is perhaps less easy to identify with.
In the absence of a ramble yesterday I hadn’t checked the greenhouse temperature for two days, so this morning was disappointed to find it had dipped to a minimum of -2°C at some time, probably Tuesday evening before the rain came in during the night. I would have hoped the bubblewrap would have made at least a degree or two difference but I am not convinced this thin stuff has, although it was absolutely covered in condensation so there must be some difference between inside and out – but the condensation itself looks set to become an issue as it seems to be dripping off rather than running down to the ground. I had already thought about rigging up an indoor cloche of sorts on the staging to cover the seedlings, but I am now wondering about this instead of rather than as well as the whole-greenhouse insulation…..
While pondering this I took the opportunity of picking more autumn fruiting raspberries from the adjacent fruit cage, pleased to see there are a number of berries still to come, particularly on ‘Autumn Treasure’: