Today has been a pretty bleak start to a few days away from work, in which I hoped to get lots of gardening done. But everything in the garden is saying ‘no, wait! It’s too cold’. So I stayed inside and got on with repotting my tomatoes and cucumbers:
As usual, there are too many tomatoes, three varieties this year: San Marzano, Tigerella and Ailsa Craig. I sowed two types of cucumber: a green one and the ever-lovely yellow Chrystal Apple. Of course I didn’t label them, thinking ‘It’ll be fine, I’ll know what they are when the fruits form’. Only one type has germinated and of course I don’t know which one. Here’s hoping the others are just coming more slowly.
Later, I thought I’d better get out for a walk and then I came back to see what was happening in the garden. There are some tiny signs of life:
Here tarragon, chives and lovage all peeking up through leaf mould and general gloom in the herb bed in the front garden.
In the back garden there is the reliable rhubarb, winning in a competition with the daffodils which are barely in bud:
The purple sprouting broccoli produced some lovely florets in the autumn but has been in the huff since about December. It is now beginning to show signs of new growth
And I have a clever plan to have more later this year and into next year:
The wonder of seedlings never fails. On the strength of this, I sowed some flower seeds in pots inside to bring on more hope of summer .