Saturday, 23 February 2013

A wee bit chilly

The weather has been beautiful all week up here, with beautuiful clear blue skies every day. Unfortunately it is still February so the clear skies can only mean one thing - hard frosts every morning. This morning was no exception and it was -6 this morning as I arrived at Scotsburn.
Given the ground hasn't had a chance to thaw out all week, there was lirrle to be done with the beds and borders etc, so it was out with the chainsaw and more logging and blocking done, to clear more of the felled trees.
I also cut down the cotoneaster that was growing up through the beech hedge and pulled it clear of the hedge - no point in having it slow down any growth the beech wants to put on.
In the greenhouse, the exhibition sweet peas are just beginning to show through the compost and the onion sets are putting down roots.
So, not the most exciting day garden wise but all the felled timber needs to be cut up and removed so that the next phase of the garden improvement can proceed. One more day with the saw should see the bulk, if not all, of the felled trees cleared.
Thats it for this week.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Mid Feb update

Friday was a beautiful day, although there was still a bit of snow on the ground - I am informed that about 6 inches of the white stuff fell on the garden on Wednesday (I had 4" in the forest I was working at on the same day).
First off was the greenhouse - I moved all the perennials outside...........

then set about planting up the onion sets (Centurion and Red Baron) into 12 cell trays, and started to pot on some of the larger Cantebury Bells after giving them a good soak........

and finally, there is no point in wasting the snow that was left around the greenhouse, so I shovelled it up and spread it on the greenhouse beds to help in the rehydration process.

After this it was up to the small beds either side of the summerhouse and these were weeded and cleaned up as they are full of various bulbs so hopefully in the coming weeks we should start to see some colour in these two beds.


And to finish the day I logged what was left of the fallen trees in the area set aside for the veg garden - the photo below also shows the beech hedge fully cut back, though there are still large clumps of cotoneaster growing through bits of it, and this will all be either cut down to about 3ft or removed altogether.
That's it for now, back again next week.