Will it ever warm up ?…..

I do hope so.  The month of March has been dreadful in my part of the world, I usually moan about the rain but we have had very little this month.  I could go on about the snow but we have not had any of that either! The big problem, the easterly wind that has prevailed for most of the month. This has not only affected my lack of gardening activity but a lot of our spring flowering shrubs have suffered from a good deal of wind burn and of course they have delayed their flowering. The accompanying photo of Magnolia “Galaxy”, illustrates this, spring is very late this year.

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Enough of the complaining, looking ahead to the forthcoming season, if folklore is anything to go by we should have a splendid display of fruit blossom this year, a long cold spell fixes the fruit buds on the trees.  The garlic should be the size of melons with all the cold they have endured since November 2012.

My own growing plans are moving along quite nicely despite the weather, in the heated greenhouse we have around fifty fuchsias budding up nicely, the pelargoniums are growing away steadily. The tomatoes , peppers and chillies are going along as well as can be expected bearing in mind the low night time temperatures they are experiencing at the moment.  Trying to maintain reasonable temperatures when it’s minus 4°C outside is a costly business! The cool greenhouse is coping with the summer bedding plants with the addition of horticultural fleece. I have managed to  plant up a rather large salad bowl (pot) with beetroot, lettuce, spring onions and radish, the outsuide soil is unworkable at present.  My usual Easter planting of potatoes has had to be postponed this year due to the cold soil, perhaps in a week or two.

One has to be ever hopeful with gardening, I hope to be able to produce some fine blooms for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of April, that is,  if the perishing wind will let me !

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3 Responses to Will it ever warm up ?…..

  1. Holleygarden says:

    What a difference a year makes! We gardeners all over are anxious for spring to finally arrive. I think surely, now that Easter is past, winter will be also.

  2. Bill S says:

    You are certainly right Holleygarden, it’s all a game of patience but well worth the effort.

  3. We are the same way here. Everything that was weeks ahead last year is behind this year. We have not been having what was considered seasonal weather. Much is going to bloom all at once.

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