It is grey, the kind of grey that sends you scuttling to find a big comfy jumper and a mug of something warming, the clouds look like they hold the promise of rain but nothing happens and the trees are bent double battling against the wind, this is exactly why it took me 2 hours to leave the safety of my bed this morning. I had booked today off work with grand plans of gardening, I had lists of jobs in my head that needed to be done but one glance outdoors and I buried deeper under the duvet. I could have easily stayed there all day but I was brave, I made my way to the greenhouse and shut the door.
If you remember from the first post the greenhouse was one of the reasons we moved, I didn’t exactly know what I was going to do with it but I thought I must have one in order to complete those Greenhouse To Do lists in Gardeners World 🙂 It looked in a sorry and neglected state but after 2 hours I had it gleaming and ready to go. I felt a little behind with seed sowing so I got a few tomato plants and chilli plants to it felt as if it was being put to good use. This weekend my future brother in law arrived and filled it up with plants he had been raising from seed.
Knowing all these plants were awaiting my arrival was eventually what persuaded me outdoors this morning. The left image shows my Calomondin plant – The miniature Orange. I picked this up in a neglected state in Homebase last year for half price and it has just flourished this year. The greenhouse if full of the scent of citrus blossom, it is heaven. Last year I got a handful of Calomondin fruits from it and these have been sitting in a kilner jar with white rum, I am just waiting for the right moment to try it, Yum.
The rest of the pots are the result of Mark’s visit. There are many chilli plans of various varieties, cucumber plants, courgettes and a black pepper plant as well as a few more tomato plants. Last year I had 3 chilli plants and made chilli jam with them using Nigella Lawson’s recipe, I still have 12 jars of this left as it is just too hot to eat. Who knows what I will do with all of this years harvest, thank goodness I have plenty of time to think of new things.
Finally here is my cold frame, this is in a sorry state despite me showing it I cared by giving it a lovely coat of dulux weathershield paint, I found it under one of the huge evergreen trees, it has still served its purpose though. In it you can see my sweetcorn and broccoli are about ready to face the outside world properly, I just don’t know where to put them, last year inspired by Alys Fowler I had broccoli and cauliflower growing in my flower beds and it really did look lovely so that will be the way forward again this year I think. More on flower beds next time though 🙂