I am so glad we got the greenhouse sparkling clean last Week. I know it is advised to do this in the Autumn, but we have never got down to it. Working up the incentive to do this is the problem. It’s quite amazing how grubby it gets and it is always so satisfying to see it gleaming in the winter sun.
Our Landmark greenhouse has had a challenging winter – first with Hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian. We have a very exposed garden. It was quite frightening to watch the hurricane driving the rain horizontally towards the greenhouse. When it hit it hit it rose up and over it and onwards again horizontally towards the boundary hedge. We lost two trees but the greenhouse stood firm. Then it had the Storm Emma with the blizzard and snow to contend with. It came through that also and is ready to go.
I had put some onion sets in compost in seed trays in the greenhouse the weekend before the onset of the snow. I did this to give them a head start for before planting in the garden. I had done the same last year and it worked very well. I thought they would freeze with the low temperature. I was worried they would had frozen as our greenhouse is not heated. I checked them today and they looked good and felt firm. So they seem to have survived it. I have still got plenty of time before planting them out so if I need to buy some more I will. I am planting F1 Centurian white onions as these did very well with me last year. Perhaps it was the soil or the weather which gave such beautiful firm and long lasting onions. Whatever it was is enough for me to try them again.
Last year I planted three First Early seed potatoes in the greenhouse to have earlier new potatoes. I planted a few a couple again two weeks ago. Will wait and see if they survive and start to grow. I’m thinking that the way the weather turned it was premature planting them. The rest are in a bright cool spot chitting.
Apart from some seedlings in the propagator there has been no gardening done the week of the snow. Where the snow has melted we can see the early spring flowers like snow drops, crocus, iris reticulata and early daffodils. Unfortunately I had not heeded advice about covering the Camellia with fleece when it was hit with freezing temperatures. Now all the blossoms are brown. It is such a pity as it would have given several weeks of pleasure. Having learned a lesson I will remember next winter if the forecast is for freezing. However the star of the spring garden for me has to be the hellebores. I have several and each one seems more beautiful than the others. I have seven and love each one of them.