IMG_0590I 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!

IMG_0560Westonbirt 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’:



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10 Responses to Ahah!

  1. sounds like despite some bad weather you had a good day out yesterday, Frances

  2. Annette says:

    Such luxury to be able to pick raspberries still! I also noticed the first Galanthus shoot but the cold spell will probably put an end to that cheekiness. Interesting to see how you’re getting on with the bubble wrap. It’d be disappointing if it wouldn’t make a real difference, wouldn’t it?

    • Cathy says:

      I had some raspberries in November last year, but only a few as they were new canes, so I am well pleased with these – that little pile will go on my breakfasts for the next few days. If the insulation does not prove to be successful then fortunately the bits did not involve a big outlay.

  3. A day without a ramble is like a day without a good, deep breath! I’m glad you at least were rewarded with the yummy looking raspberries. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

  4. Anna says:

    Oh your rambling was certainly rewarded by the sight of that snowdrop snout breaking through the earth Cathy. I can imagine your excitement. Hope that you find a solution for the greenhouse issue. Still picking ‘Polka’ autumn fruiting raspberries at the allotment but they seem to be less tasty than a month or so back.

    • Cathy says:

      I am resisting any suppressed urges to poke around in my species snowdrop border any more, Anna! Interesting about the raspberries – mine are very tasty, but I think partly because A. Treasure has a better flavour than A Bliss anyway.

  5. Nikki Jones says:

    Miss the Autumn leaves as a Gloucestershire girl…thanks for reminding me of Westonbirt and the snowdrops…

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