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My Garden & Allotments in February 2013

Like January, February has been a right mixed bag in terms of the weather.

Apparently it has been colder than normal with temperatures being much lower for the time of the year.

They struggled to reach 1°-2°C (34°-37°F) when we could reasonably expect 6°- 8°C (43°- 46°F)

It has also been quite a dry month, with the rainfall being around half the monthly average.

In the second week of the month we had a fair amount of snow, then we had the added chill factor from the 50 mph winds coming in from Siberia making it feel colder still.

These are a few pictures of my garden taken during the month. (click on pictures to enlarge)



Here are a few views from other parts of the garden during the month;


The Shrubbery

 

Berberis

 

 

Hebe armstrongii

 

Camellia

Mahonia

Hebe armstrongii

 

Skimmia

 

Yucca

 

Camellia

 

Jasmine nudiflorum

 

Camellia buds



Heather bed



Planters



Snow scenes



Bits & Pieces



Growing under cover

At this time of the year there is not lot to do in the greenhouse apart from ensuring that seeds on hot bed do not dry out.

During the first week of the month, I took delivery of my seed potatoes so I set them up to 'chit'.

As mentioned elsewhere in a previous blogspot, I took a number of Chrysanthemum cuttings.

 

Inside Greenhouse

 

Hotbed

 

Chitting potatoes

 

Chrysanthemum cuttings



Some seedlings on the hotbed

 

Begonia & Impatiens

 

Impatiens

 

Mirabilis jalapa

 

Seeds I purchased from the RHS



Plants hardening off in the coldframes



 

One of my cold frames

 

Garlic & Potato Onions

 

Garlic,Shallots & Potato Onions



A few of our houseplants.

 

Alcove in Conservatory

 

Ornithaligum

 

Ornithaligum



Phaleanopsis



My Allotments

Basically all that can be done on the allotments is preparatory and maintainance work such as preparing the greenhouse beds and repairing damage glass in the greenhouses, and harvest any crops as they become ready.

Views across the plots

 

Looking up Plot 20

 

Looking up Plot 21

 

Looking down Plot 21



Some of the crops

 

Fruit bed

 

Garlic

 

Japanese Onions

 

Leeks

 

Savoys & Br.Sprouts

 

Daffodils emerging



Soil Preparation in the Greenhouses

 

12'' x 8' before and after

 

28' x 8'

 

8'x 6' Ring Culture

 

Tunnel beds before and after



As mentioned previously much of the work done on the the allotments this month was maintainance work on two of my greenhouses!

During the high winds last October about 40% of the glass blew out of my 8' x 6' greenhouse so I replaced this.

Once this was completed, I started major refurbishment of my 28' x 8' greenhouse which I estimate to be at least forty years old, as it was becoming rather worse for wear hence the refurbishment!

.............and that concludes my blog for February 2013!





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