Hello again to those who may still be following, I have been very hit and miss here over at my garden blog this year, compared with previous years. It is looking like once a month post, so this one may be a bit longer than my usual post, we will see how it goes, so if you are still with me at the end~ Many thanks for sticking with it and reading,
To be honest with you, blogging has taken a back seat for a while, as I felt the need to just go within my own silent space and create and concentrate upon my well-being for a time. So I did more painting. A tiger this time, I thought I would challenge myself, as I have always put off doing a detailed painting of tiger for fear of not getting its stripes right.. So it was time to face my fears, and just let be what will be.. And this was the result.
This was my Tiger painting in Acrylics making my trilogy of Big Cats now hung on my wall.
I am sure those who live here in the UK are at last glad to see a little blue sky peep between the grey blankets of cloud that have hung over us far too long.. The weather is certainly a talking point across the world as we had yet more snow at Easter followed by more rain and almost a week of fog here last week that never seemed to move..
In the distance you can see the headstocks of the Clipstone Pit which closed in 1993 More about the coal mine HERE
This was the weather Yesterday as we went for a walk Skies have been grey for so long!.. Believe it or not this was once a big ugly slag heap of waste from the coal mining days. It was turned into a nature reserve called Vicars Water Country Park many years ago and provides a sanctuary for birds, swans ,geese and ducks. This was the view from the top looking down. The mist is still hanging low, but not as bad as it was last week. To see more photos of the Park click the blue link where you can see the lake and the golden hand which symbolises a miners hand reaching out of the earth.
While further along the yellow gorse was out along with pussy-willow
At the end of last week, my hubby was feeling well enough after a nasty bout of flu over Easter to tackle the allotment.. We just had a few weeds to clear, as we had already dug over the ground in the autumn in preparation. So while Hubby got to grips with putting in the potatoes. I got busy planting seeds. We both had lots of rest in-between, and had hot drinks, Hubby coffee, while I had drinking chocolate.
While the weather was snowing things were busy growing in the greenhouse. Peas, Shallots and Brussels and Cabbage plants growing
Here the shallots went in last week, we covered with mesh as we have a fox who seems to like to play and dig for worms as well as deep holes into our potato rows. You can see the purple sprouting broccoli which the pigeons have devoured on the left.. They stripped nearly all of them,
We have now put out the shallots which started life in pots in the green house, and I planted two rows of beetroot, different varieties, two rows of parsnips.. I also planted out the corms of Gladioli into a new position.
Here I planted the gladioli. many of last years corms had rotted and gone soft.. You win some and lose some.. I put the small corms in another row. hopefully they will gradually mature to larger ones to salvage for another year.
I pruned back the dead wood of the raspberries and some of the overgrown blackberries, along with pruning out the middle of the redcurrant bush and the gooseberry bush which was hard last year to pick because it was so tightly packed with thorns.
As soon as the Rhubarb showed signs of sprouting we covered with bin, and we have had two tasty crumbles so far from young shoots.
Here you see the peas now planted from the greenhouse, much bigger now.. I covered up the rows of beetroot and parsnips seeds I planted to protect from the fox scratching the earth.. There were a pile of chicken feathers on next doors allotment when we arrived. And a large hole in the potato row.. Looks like he likes chicken and chips.. 😉
A closer view of peas now with mesh around we use mesh instead of sticks to support them as they grow.
In the autumn we planted what was left over of the leeks, in the spaces, and we planted some garlic from a bulb. In the space you now see created I am going to plant some of my dahlias in this patch and some further at the top of the allotment.
The following day while hubby planted out the peas above, and put more rows of potatoes in, I set to and weeded this patch below.
Before: This piece took me two hours to completely clear of weeds and grass.
After: Here you can now see the leeks I planted around the edge, and garlic in the middle
We still have to clear behind the sheds, and it looks like we may have some bees nesting below the shed again.. So I am happy about that.. And I have to straighten up between the fruit bushes. But we are at last mainly on top of the planting for now. Then I have my home garden to start on..
How are things growing where you are? and have you noticed big changes in your own weather patterns? And how are your Spring Blooms doing?
Until Next time..