It has been the coldest winter for over thirty years.
The snowdrops this year were even later than last year. The picture at the top was taken at the very end of February. The later species of snowdrops are not yet out. The heather, however, is blooming at the normal time despite the frosty soil. A kind friend gave me a pot of sarcocca confusum after I had enthused about its perfunme in her gardenwhich has the most wonderful perfume. I have placed it on the front porch where it has been welcoming me home with its fragrance. Apparently it tolerates shade so when the ground is soft enough I will plant it under the broom by the front door.
Although I have not heated the conservatory this winter, to save fuel, the dahlias I planted from seed are still jholding on.
The green house has received its winter wash and holds pots of sweetpeas, mangetout and lettuce plants.
The aubergine seeds I planted in January have at last sprouted , thanks to a warm window sill but I doubt if they will be large enough to be worth planting out come May. The leeks are sprouting too.
Unless I make a tall net house I don't think I will bother with brassicas this year. The pigeons managed to get through my defences again.I bought six tubers of four varieties from Hawgrip's a local nursery (Accord, Charlotte, Pink fir apple, and Arran Pilot) My son bought me eight tubers of Linzey Delicatesse from Ryton Potato Day. I haven't been able to get hold of it for three years now so I was delighted.