The weather is very mixed at the moment, but the very cold temperatures are gone for a while although we are still threatened with some snow this month – I’ve no idea if it will actually snow here. On sunny, clear sky days there is already real warmth in the sun and the greenhouse heats up quickly if I don’t open the door early. On dull days, like today it doesn’t feel very warm but most days this week the temperatures have reached double figures during the day , dropping by 5 or 6°C at night.
I wrote that I needed a coldframe to liberate the greenhouse from some of the planting now filling it before smaller seedlings need pricking out and therefore needing more space.
I found a cheap coldframe that I knew the plastic wouldn’t last long; but I had thought we would manage to set it up without tearing the plastic cover – lucky that when I bought it I had in mind to use the frame with a shade netting cover in summer for salad crops and stopping any young plants from burning in the intense light of summer.
You might just be able to see the peas and broadbeans; yesterday I planted them out.
In the other bed you can just see some lettuces that amazingly survived the freezing temperatures and are a very pleasant fresh taste in winter.
My Lonicera fragrantissima is living up to its name and filling the garden with its wonderful perfume.
Yesterday I also planted out some Salvia that I’d taken as basal cuttings in autumn and some plants of Sweet Rocket (Hesperis matronalis) that were sown 11th October last year.
Are you able to plant anything out yet? It’s always best not to rush into planting – but I often do!