A bit of sunshine - time to take a walk round the garden and see what is happening.
We ate the last of our homegrown squash and beetroot last weekend and our stock of other vegetables is getting rather slim. Frost has given a fine tilth to the soil in the vegetable garden but it has done for the cabbage plants and the crops that remain are looking very bedraggled.
But it is good to see signs of fresh growth. We both love young, pink rhubarb and can never grow enough. I've put the forcer over one clump so that the stalks will be really tender.
Another welcome sight, a row of fresh chive leaves pushing up through the earth.
Wild primroses seed themselves freely all about the garden.
The citrus trees have been under glass now for months and are not looking happy. They have dropped a lot of leaves and the ones that remain are an unhealthy yellow. Some plant feed and TLC is badly needed - also warmth and sunshine!
Most winters this big camellia bush gets badly scorched by the weather, damaging both leaves and flowers. This year (whisper it) it has so far remained unscathed and I am promised a wonderful show of scarlet flowers.
I've added the two pictures below for Steve, who wanted to know what a rhubarb forcer is like. It's a tall pot with a lid inside which the rhubarb grows slender and tender searching up towards the light. The result is delicious!