Yesterday, when I woke, it was very cold and when I peered through the window I could see why. There was quite a heavy frost. Today it felt warm but still, when I looked, I saw that there was another frost. The difference was, as I realised as quickly as my sleep fuddled brain would allow, that today I woke up after the heating had clicked on! We had glorious sunshine yesterday but, even so, there was a decidedly chilly feel to the air at times. I'm hoping that today will be milder. It would be rather nice to sit comfortably out in the garden and feel warm. I am reminded of when the children were little, before I had a more established garden, when at this time of the year I felt the urge to stock up with bedding plants but resisted the temptation until the end of May when all danger of frosts had gone, realistically speaking.
Yesterday was a busy day although I didn't get as much done as I had hoped, especially at school, where I left the display for during this coming week. I did get a LOT of clearing of old work done, some marking and some sorting out of table boxes which were, frankly, rather a mess!
I also got the planning done and dusted and now only have to make the resources, which, sadly, are quite considerable for this week but never mind! Most of it involves playing about on the PC one way or another, and that is fun!
I took a few photos of the cowslips to show Juliesmum.
The photo below is of the scillas really but, in the corner, you can see a new little cowslip plant that has just come up this year (I think) although, as it is flowering, perhaps it is a second year plant and I didn't notice it last year..
I've just Googled and there's some helpful info out there. It says the seeds take a long time to ripen, not being shed until July so I guess if they are dead headed before then they won't have shed fertile seeds. It also says they are attractive to bees and don't really like shady conditions - so it's a mystery why they are doing well at the front of my house where it only gets the sun early morning. It looks as if I will have to move some round the back and compare!
Some sites say it is perennial and some that it is biennial. As long as they keep coming up year after year and earn their place by reproducing nicely, I don't mind which it is! It also seems that the plants do better after a cold spell so this year should have suited them just perfectly!
This blog has an interesting little article about the cowslip. It seems that the leaves are edible!!
Seeing as this is going to be a lo-o-o-ng posting, I may as well make it longer by saying that I'm going to plant runner beans this year and I'm going to give them a good start off in loo rolls in the kitchen. What you do, it seems, is stand your loo rolls up in a waterproof container, fill them with soil and plant the bean seed inside. When they have grown, you plant the whole kit and caboodle outside without any need to damage the roots. I'm going to try it and see.
And just to finish, it seems that my usual kiss of death to plants has gone into reverse as here's a patio rose I was given almost exactly a year ago, starting to grow very nicely again this year . . .
. . . and the hyacinths are still lovely. These were gifts that I planted out several years ago now.