It turns out Edinburgh is not at all far behind southern regions. This weekend some banks of daffs look like this:
and some look like this
...and with a bit of cosseting in the "spare room" the rhubarb that spent all winter above ground, out in the cold, now looks like this!
Eat your heart out Gardeners World! (They're just transplanting theirs)
Much less exciting housekeeping.
Last weekend I spent two hours gardening at the plot - Parsnips and carrots sown under a cloche. Broad beans.
This weekend 3 hrs. More parsnips and carrots, spuds - first three rows some Rosevale that had sprouted away and two rows of Epicure which has earned a reputation for shrugging off any frost dammage. Also sowed some lettuce and Boltardy betroot both of which had dubious sow by dates. If they come to nothing - nothing lost. I laced them with parsley seed as an insurance policy. A real cocktail. I just can't bring myself to throw away potentially viable seed. This way if there's any life in it it gets the chance to be a star by growing early, otherwise I'm left with slow growing parsley. If that comes through I know the rest really weren't worth it. (Hope you follow my logic).
Perhaps I should record too that my new "Walk In Greenhouse" got battered to pieces by the first serious winds this week. I had to take the cover off before it flew away/was ripped apart. The wishbone shape design of the frame is very weak and needs to be turned into an A frame before I'll put the cover back in. So it was off toe get a new cover for my dilapedated old "4 tier mini greenhouse" so I have somewhere to bring seeds on for now.
Mone spent £16 grenhouse cover + potato fertilizer
Song of the week : Donald Where's Your Houses