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Late Frost

May 5, 2016

Hmm.  The emerging potato leaves that I showed off last week were hit by frost a few days later. The blackened leaves are now covered in soil and should re-emerge over the next few weeks and from past experience this blip seems not to harm production. I should have covered them in fleece but ever the optimist I thought very cold nights were over and done with this Spring.

The blackcurrants are smothered in small fruit probably because they were weeded really well late Winter. The roots are very near the surface so they hate competition with grass and in this case dozens of Love- in- a- Mist seedlings. Today they got a feed and the two bushes were draped in a net curtain to keep the birds off…

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Still no signs of germination in the rows of cut flowers sown two weeks ago and the soil has definitely warmed up with weed seedlings emerging all over the place. I had a quick hoe between the broad beans leaving them looking pristine and gave them a 6x feed.

The joy of growing tulips is in the lengthy pleasure that they bring to both the garden and the house.  Starting with emerging buds in early April these grow fatter by the day and it’s a tantalizing few weeks before the plump flower heads begin to open.  Then three weeks after they began to add interest in the garden these T. Brown Sugar’ were picked for a vase for indoors.  After five days in the warmth of the house they’ve opened further and look quite different and are now pleasingly blousey. In a few days they’ll have morphed into swan necks before losing their petals…DSCN6504

But sometimes all I want on the kitchen table is a pot of Forget-Me-Nots. They are bobbing up all over the allotment and had self-seeded in the bed where I planned to grow the spinach. They came home with earth on the roots and topped up with more soil they fitted into an aluminium container very happily…

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 5, 2016 1:57 pm

    T. ‘Brown Sugar’ dies beautifully. It looks like silk and changes colour to silvery mauve, you’ll love them; leave them as long as possible.

    • May 5, 2016 3:10 pm

      How funny-I’ve just walked into the kitchen and thought how simply gorgeous they still look days after they were picked.

  2. May 5, 2016 4:52 pm

    ‘Brown Sugar’ is such a great tulip from start to finish, even on heavy clay. Reading this reminds me to pick some for the house before they go over in the sudden heat wave we seem to be having. Hope your potatoes pick up having been nipped by frosts, as you say they should be okay.

    • May 6, 2016 8:31 am

      It’s a phenomenal tulip and will now be a favourite for me. Spuds are leafing up again so hopefully will be fine.

  3. May 5, 2016 6:56 pm

    Oh no, sorry to hear about the potatoes. Hopefully we have now seen the last of the frosts. It has to be time, surely.

  4. May 6, 2016 8:32 am

    I’m trusting all frosts are over!!

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