If I’m honest, I haven’t spent any quality time in the garden for nearly two weeks. The last things we did were plant Autumn garlic, pull up the last of the veg and have a quick tidy up. Since then there has been little reason to venture out. The only plants flowering at the moment are pansies and cyclamen. We picked them up from the dead section of a garden centre and after a bit of water and some deadheading they sprung to life.
We went to a Christmas fair at the weekend and I picked up an orange fizz geranium (scented pelargonium) for 75p. It would have been rude not to wouldn’t it? I have a bit of a thing for scented geraniums so I couldn’t leave it behind. Poor Scott had to put up with me repeatedly rubbing the leaves and putting my finger under his nose, haha!
The kale nero is loving the cold wet weather. This plant (along with lots of others and some terracotta pots) was given to us by our friend Linda back in June and a few weeks ago she passed away. It’s the last of the plants she gave us so I might just leave it for as long as it wants to stay. Back in the Summer it was battered by slugs and caterpillars so it’s a bit of a miracle it’s still going.
If your garden is anything like mine it’s full of fungus at the moment. Little mushrooms are sprouting up everywhere; it starts with one and lots follow. They were growing amongst our winter salad leaves and because I’m pretty sure they’re not edible I didn’t want them rubbing on our food. I had visions of us sitting on the sofa with eyes like frying pans watching colours float around the room! An old book recommended sprinkling cinnamon on the soil and raking it in. It worked a treat – no more mushrooms in the salad. Elsewhere they are growing happily.
Garlic shoots are starting to push their way through the soil – this one is elephant garlic.
It’s getting to that time of year again where the Christmas rose springs to life. Last year it flowered in April but I’m keeping my fingers crossed it happens in December this year. What kind of Christmas rose flowers in April!? :)
This has been a bit of a soggy looking post and I nearly froze taking the photos in my pyjamas, coat and bobble hat (sexy!) but it was nice to get back out there again. I do love Autumn and Winter but I am missing the buzz of a Summer garden.