If you look at stereotypical images of spring it is always blue skies and perfectly formed flowers and blossoms, delicate seedlings and maybe a gentle shower or two. I would have a hard job capturing any image that even remotely resembles this spring ideal. Winter won’t let go! It is cold – not spring chilly, but harsh winter cold. It is wet – not spring shower wet, winter deluge wet. It is also windy – not spring breezes, but howling gales and don’t get me started on the hail! How am I supposed to get my garden off to a good start if spring won’t start?
I’ll be surprized if I get any fruit in my orchard as all the blossoms have been blown away and if any bees were able to brave the winds before that happened then I’d be impressed. My poor onions and garlic have been pock marked with hail scars and I worry that this could allow nasties and greeblies to get in. Hail always comes out of the blue and so there isn’t a lot you can do to protect them from it.
I want to get outside and do things. I have itchy green thumbs. I have beds to prepare and the weeds are creeping back into the ones I have already done. The grass has grown again and you wouldn’t believe I mowed a week ago. It is so unruly. The safe planting date is only weeks away and at this rate I won’t be ready for it despite a great start early on.
But at least I have my greenhouse. My seedlings in there are warm, dry and safe from being buffeted by the harsh wind. The rate of growth astounds me every season. I only transplanted them out from the seed raising mix a few short weeks ago and now it would seem they are almost ready to be put in even bigger pots. At this rate I will run out of space!
The long term forecast doesn’t look great either. I can only hope the boffins have got it wrong again.
Come again soon – hopefully normal spring conditions will resume shortly.
Sarah the Gardener : o )