The weather is wet and very windy and we've been threatened with a temperature drop and possible ground frost for the weekend. Time to tidy up the greenhouses and bring in the plants that will need protection. I've got two greenhouses, one is a dilapidated affair attached to an equally dilapidated garage. The other, built to overwinter the citrus trees that I've brought home from holidays in Spain and Greece, is attached to the house.
It was built a few years ago by our friend, Alban, with help from Himself. (As you can see, the dog was in overall charge!)
I designed the decoration on the roof ridge, where a fox terrier chases a hare and a pheasant. The theme came from the antics of Bella, our previous fox terrier.
In summer the citrus trees go outside and are replaced by a steamer chair.
But today I've folded the chair and stored it in the garden shed and the citrus are back in residence.
The garage greenhouse is very utilitarian, it's where I sow seed, bring on seedlings, root cuttings
and grow my tomatoes.
Permanent residents include a very unruly jasmine and the delicate tea rose, 'Maricel Neil'.
I used to have a beautiful plumbago covering the rear wall, but weeks of bitter weather last winter proved its downfall. I had taken a cutting in the autumn and shall be watching over it carefully throughout the coming months.
I hope that we are not going to have another big freeze.