It Is Not Spring Yet !!!

Nor is winter over-after a nice few days it is set to get bitterly cold and increasingly cloudy during the week with biting easterly winds and some hard night frosts-the good thing is-these will be drying winds with little rain etc-but throw in the chill factor-------- it is not time to get out the shorts yetimage

Sorry to be all gloomy doomyimage



  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,171

    Absolutely.  Woke up to a sparkling white world.  Brilliant sunshine here at last after days of grey and mist but at the price of a heavy frost over night. 

    The Vendée, France
  • Lets hope for some dry sunny days like today to warm the soil up and take some of the moisture out of it.  I went to my allotment yesterday and was almost ankle deep in the soil, it was that wet image I think I am going to go for the raised bed option this year as at least these seem to drain better.  Can't wait to start planting out my seeds.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,815

    Jolly chilly this morning .... Brrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • -3c in the shed at 9am, +3c outside not long ago.image

    I'm just desperate to get out & do something!!image 

    Well, we did put up a trellis for the honeysuckle yesterday.image

    Byee, I'm off out to pull a weed or something......

  • Totally agree.  Having to sit on my hands to stop me opening seed packets, but I'd sooner wait and have everything play catch-up, than to plant out and loose the lot overnight due to a hard frost.  I won't be putting my winter woolies away this year till the end of April, as I think we're still due some snow.  There are still some berries left on the lower branches of the big rowan at the end of the garden, the blackbirds and fieldfares have eaten most of the berries from the top of the tree.

    I HATE snow, it's bloody hard work shoving a pushchair through the stuff.  Have asked hubby to work on some snow chains/wheels for the damn thing!

  • Miss BecksMiss Becks Posts: 3,468

    imageMummy! Know exactly where you're coming from there! imageimage

  • It's lovely & sunny here! Cold in the shade but once in the sun it's 7c no rain either image have planted some spring bulbs in the front of my garden where the soil in a lot more free draining. Raked up the leaves on the front grass & generally tided up the front garden including de weeding.

    The back garden is a different story, it's boggy, with clay soil so nearly Impossible to do anything. So I suppose I'll have to wait until its a lot more dryer before I attempt to put anything in the raised beds.

    Oo and I have also sowed my first lot of sweet pea's (I know I should have waited but will see how they get on) the seeds were only from the pound shop so not expecting too much image

    Enjoy your day what ever your doing
  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    I wish it would hurry up. image Looking at a baldy new border that was dug yesterday. All thats in in is a few miserable primroses and a few bulbs. However there's some johnsons blue gerananiums lurking underneath - just starting to get going. image

    I have had some good deals from £ shop , GG !3 . Got a hibiscus and potted up a pack of 2 pink geraniums which have just come into leaf, I've also had several bulbs and packs of plants from there. One of my best bargains was lily of the valley image It took a while to get going but its grown into a nice clump now.

    You may be pleasantly surprised when your sweet peas are up image

  • Well I still have hope for my sweet peas yet then image thanks for that jean just made my day feel a bit more positive knowing it hasn't been a waste of time buying the sweet peas from pound shop.

    May also try some of their bulbs & plants. image after all if some take then great I have got some plants for a ?? but if not then its not too disheartening!
  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    Must admit I did wonder about the qualiity of them but no failures as of yet. ?

    I potted the hibiscus a week ago and its just a twiggy thing at the moment but I can see buds beginning to swell image

    The only problem being sometimes they don't name the plants - the picture on the wrapper is blue so no idea really. image Same with the geraniums - pack just says 2 pink geraniums. Just hoping I can identify them when they come into flower and that I haven't acquired a thug. image

  • Its very tricky to judge, Whilst were still having some cold nights, I was out and about today and GW says its 8c in my area, but my thermomiter said it was touching 16c I thought it must be wrong but low and behold, I was out, ended up taking off my jacket (leaving me in a tshirt) & I have come back in this evening and feeling quite sore I realised I have got a sunburn. 

  • Frozen windscreen this morning
  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    lt is snowing in Emmerdaleimage

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,293

    Beautiful Spring like day hereimage, yes it's only February but for me as the snowdrops are out and the crocus are starting to flower and I've seen the first daffs out. A couple of different types of Clemantis are starting to bud up....... Spring is definately on the way.



  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    Doom monger you !!!!!!!!!image

    Felt fabulous in the sun , hard frost and below zero again tonight BUT we are closer to spring than we are to winter starting image
  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    Mummy paws & becks ... Skis to clip on them you need image
  • jo4eyesjo4eyes Posts: 2,032

    I know Geoff, I know.... still to sow any seeds. I did prune my lacecap Hydrangea today- ok tempting fate, but otherwise I'll demolish all the emerging bulbs/herbaceous around it if I left it much longer. BTW havent pruned it hard, so can still do some remedial pruning if needs be later on, but then the demolision..... J.

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,293

    Have to say I don't agree that it's too early to start sowing some seeds. There are many that can be started off indoors at this time of year. Others I give them a go and if they don't do well I'll do a later a sowing as well.

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    Depends if you have the room or conditions indoors though Hollie , I will start march and have on indoor ledges , not perfect as have to keep turning them etc but otherwise be June here as so cold on nights for while yet,
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