What a conflicting month of weather, the coldest night so far was 2.7 degrees and the warmest night was 11.3. Daytime temperatures have been no more consistent as the coldest was 10.3 and warmest 23.8, and these just in the last 10 days. Little wonder that the plants do not know whether to grow or not.
The couple of frosty nights saw us going out at dusk to protect vulnerable plants with fleece, will have to do that again in the next few days as temperatures at night are forecast to be 0-3 degrees. Even in the greenhouse the cucumbers suffered in the cold.
The brassica cage is finished now and we have already started to plant the brussels, petit posi, an open floret variety we grew for the first time last year, much sweeter than the traditional sprout.
Despite the ups and downs of the weather, May gives a glimpse of what is to come and a tantalising preview.
The first roses are out, iris are budding with a couple now in flower and the greenhouse is full of seedlings waiting to get outside. The asparagus is growing madly, I picked 1.5 kilos this morning!
What’s this? a white flower on the budleija? The iris has grown through the bottom of the budleija and is putting on a great show.