A cold snap
We’ve had a heavy frost the last couple of nights – exactly the reason why gardeners know that the frost risk isn’t over until the end of May (in my particular part of the world) – but does that stop us from thinking it might have ended early? Er, no.
I do have a greenhouse heater but I haven’t put it on, I’ve just been trusting that everything will be warm enough under the Papronet (ancient forefunner to garden fleece that I brought from my Dad’s greenhouse) and so far, the seedlings seem to be OK.
I saw a video on Instagram recently about making a terracotta heater from a plant pot and a large candle and that seemed much more environmentally friendly than leaving a heater on overnight, even if it was on a frost setting – but I haven’t quite got round to setting it up! I’ll see if the weather is going to get colder still and if so, I might have to dig about for a plant pot.
I’ve had this year’s first snail-related gardening disaster and I’m very cross about it. I actually remembered to order a new Oriental poppy (Papaver orientale) in the variety “Mrs Perry” – it amuses me no end to have one of those in the garden – and decided that to be on the safe side, I’d order two. And then I ordered a third one in the variety “Patty’s Plum” which I used to have but which has long-since disappeared from the garden so I thought it would be nice to have both of them back.
Whilst I was at it, I ordered some Schizostylis (I’m now wondering if this was a good idea after our conversation about Crocosmia the other week!) and a Dierama pulcherrimum (Angel’s fishing rod) as I’ve tried to grow them a few times from seed and they’ve not really come to much so one more plant on the order was neither here nor there …
I thought I’d taken some better photos – this was a quick snap that I messaged to a gardening friend – but you can see my three poppies at the bottom. The two on the right are “Mrs Perry” and “Patty’s Plum is on the left.
I planted all three of them a week or so ago and “Patty’s Plum” is coming along really well.
This is what’s left of “Mrs Perry” …
Ooh, I am so cross! Those blinking snails! They clearly have some kind of code – “no leaf gets left behind” – and I think I was doing really well to be able to save the one on the left in time! They’re both back in their pots, as you can see, and on the kitchen windowsill now to see if there’s any chance at all that they’re going to recover. I think I may have lost the right hand one but you never know, it may grow back from the bottom at some point. The snails haven’t touched any of the other poppies in the garden, but I think that maybe the leaves came up early enough for them to be less of a tasty morsel so that’s why they’ve been left alone. I will keep my fingers crossed they survive!
And finally for today, the end is in sight for the Mermaid’s Tail sock! I’m just about to start the toes and then I’ll have a new pair of socks to wear – hooray!
I’ll also get the gusset pooling tutorial written up and then if it’s useful for anyone you’ll be able to find it on the blog 😀
Have a lovely day, I’ll catch up with you again soon! xx