Friday, 7 February 2014
The winter health check
Today was a rare sunny day. After months of rain and storms, it was a change to be able to go outside and look at things in the sun. So an ideal opportunity to do a quick check up on how the plants are coping with this strange winter.
The main cold frame was a sign of things to come, the plants currently look great, I can't remember seeing them look so undamaged at this point in Feb. The biggest problem seems to be that with the lack of cold, the snails are not totally gone and there is the odd bit of snail damage.
It is always good to see the echeverias doing so well. Normally they suffer a fair amount of damage and take the first part of summer to recover. Hopefully this year they can start from a better point.
Then it was time to try and get to the greenhouse. The builders have totally blocked the front, so I had to squeeze through the side and then try and prize the door open. With a little re-arranging I managed to open it just enough to get inside and again was thrilled to see everything looking very healthy.
I had left a few plants in here by accident and the fact that so far they show no damage is a bit of luck.
While it has been a stormy, wet winter, we have had almost no cold at all so far. The forecasts show no let up in the storms, but also no real drop in the temperatures. I very much doubt we will get away without any real cold; one of the things that sets the UK apart from the rest of Europe and other parts of the world is the degree to which winter can go on. Hopefully the last part of the winter will be as mild as the rest, it will make a nice change.