She Doesn’t Bat an Eyelid

Over the last couple of weeks the plum tree has been reduced to nothing but a stump and a pile of logs, despite there being several days when it was too cold to do anything outside. It is really strange to look up from the kitchen windows and no longer have it towering up above the hedge and casting shade over this part of the garden. The Golfer has done a Grand Job but that woman who keeps photobombing the pictures hasn’t batted an eyelid and doesn’t look especially impressed, does she?


IMG_6561IMG_6599IMG_6598IMG_6600Slightly higher daytime temperatures allowed a little time in the garden yesterday and today, when loganberry and raspberry canes in thefruit cage were belatedly tied in and early sweet peas planted out in the greenhouse. After learning about ‘winter flowering’  sweet peas (that will flower early in the greenhouse) from Julie of Peonies and Posies I sowed some back in October and then a second batch of red, white and blue ones later in the year in the hope they would be in flower for Younger Daughter’s wedding. Julie grows hers up netting but so far mine are just planted round canes. Also in this greenhouse are two grasses I have brought in for protection, overwintering fuchsias, pelargoniums,  dahlias  and those non-performing chrysanthemums.


This greenhouse is completely unheated so temperatures have dipped below freezing most nights over the last week or so, unlike the smaller greenhouse where a single tubular heater has just about kept it above zero. This greenhouse is packed with seedlings, some of which could have been planted out in late autumn but weren’t; sadly, after doing so well with them last year, this includes a number of trays of winter flowering violas that have succumbed to aphid attack and are unlikely to perk up again.

Recalling that a second seed sowing blitz began in February last year, the next milder afternoon could be usefully spent reorganising this greenhouse and moving the maturer seedlings into the colder one to make room for new sowings – and thinking ahead to a draft planting scheme for this year’s cutting beds. And thus the cycle continues…

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18 Responses to She Doesn’t Bat an Eyelid

  1. rickii says:

    Lots of happy vases ahead!

  2. Christina says:

    You are further ahead than I am this year Cathy; I didn’t get any autumn sowings of flowers done last year; not entirely my fault as I knew I was going to be for a few weeks with my MIL but didn’t know when so it was difficult to plan. I’ve begun this year’s seeds and as the first ones germinate and move on to make room for new ones in the propagator I’ll keep sowing. It is very satisying to see all your small plants and seedlings.

  3. I am going to do some winter sowing in milk jugs next month. Looking forward to it.

  4. We have also had warmer than normal temperatures in the garden so I’ve had an opportunity to walk many times through the garden and have now started to even attend to some of the early spring shores…It is such a good feeling.

  5. Kris P says:

    She who doesn’t bat an eye obviously has poor vision – your garden looks very different without the tree! I’m very envious of your greenhouse and wish I could take some of the rain you’ve been getting off your hands.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh in this part of the UK we have had a lot of rain which has been further north, where I am sure they would have welcomed you if you wanted to have some of theirs!

  6. Brian Skeys says:

    All looking full of promise for the coming year Cathy. The plum wood will make a nice scented fire when seasoned. The comment section is working ok now Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      Glad the commenting is OK now – I wonder what the problem was? The sawn sections of plum are a gorgeous colour too, but sadly we don’t have anything to burn them on but some of our neighbours do. I shall probably keep some of them in the woodland to benefit the wildlife.

  7. Renee says:

    So many future flowers! Also, your greenhouse seems lovely, and spending an afternoon organizing it would be so much fun! Or do I only think that because I don’t have a green house?

    • Cathy says:

      I had to smile at your last remark, as ther might be a hint of truth in it -although it makes such a difference since I have retired as I have the time to be rather more organised in it rather than haphazard, which was not very successful

  8. sultanabun says:

    Feeling lazy… Need to get organised. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Jackie says:

    I too am envious of your green house, but also of your organising skills you are so well in advance of the spring season, just beginning to think it may never come.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jackie – last year was the first time I blitzed autumn sowing and I found it worked well, easing the pressure on spring sowing

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