Will spring ever come ? The week started off so well, I even went fishing for a few hours (and caught a fish) but, once again, it closed in again, only today, snow has fallen. Forecast for the coming week says cold and getting colder for the next couple of days (climbing to 6C by Thursday, but some cold nights, down to -2C, which is bad, it only takes ONE bad night to spoil a years worth of effort)
Time waits for no man they say, and neither do fuchisas. Along with a friend (Richard) it was a small “Cooks tour of the midlands” this past week) First up, was a new nursery (not named) not visited before ( cash and carry type) I was after small plugs (X20) I spoke on the ‘phone before travelling, to be told “we have everything in 20′s” to only find this not to be true on arrival. Not happy !! However, not all is lost. The owner explained the situation, and even showed us around the greenhouses (quite impressed) she took my order and I’m expecting a delivery later this week (update to come). Next up was “Rosebank” at Measham. I’ve been here for a few years, highly recommended, bought a few plants (nothing out of the ordinary) except, I got a few “Whips” all the same (Jennifer Anne) only small, but of very good stature see here for the full story. I’ll post a few updates here, but the link should be used for the full, ongoing story.
As mentioned last week, I am growing a half standard of “Breeders Delight”. I am now also growing a few of “Jennifer Anne” (bought this week). There is not enough space here (or format) to present to you what I want to show, so. please go here, for a better and detailed description of what is happening.
They are finally starting to show (planted 2 weeks ago today) The only problem is, one variety, Red Alert, has failed to show (so far) All I can think is, the seed is last years, so may be past it (but some of my other seed is old too) never mind it’s early days yet, If the seed has failed, it’s not to loate to sow a second batch. Watch this space.
While it’s still cold, it is drying out a bit, so, time to let the chickens roam a bit (not to far, foxes are very active this time of year) I set up a small area, surrounded by plastic fencing. It worked great yesterday. Today ? “Chicken Run” springs to mind !! they escaped, and not only that, into my hardy fuchsia bed !! see picture. (Back inside my girls !! until I can set up something more permanent)
Spring is coming, and so do the rooted cuttings. I’m starting to clean up the polytunnel, in readiness for plants moving out of the greenhouses. The problem being, the cold (especially at night). Having said that, I have a delivery in the middle of next week, and after that, I will have no choice, but to start to “populate” the polytunnel