What a windy few days we had this week with storm ‘Imogen’. Here in the Midlands we weren’t hit as hard as the southern half of the country, however I did see a couple of trees that had lost large branches in our local park which was sad to see.
The weather really has been strange this winter with more storms than usual and it has been very mild. I think a lot of plants are quite confused about the time of year, though I’m sure they will adjust.
Whilst walking my dog this week I saw my first daisy….I don’t think I have ever seen one flower this early:
Also I saw rhododendrons beginning to flower which is also a bit early, but beautiful to see on a cold damp day:
Another thing I found on one of my walks this week was a Christmas rose (Helleborus). This is about the right time for it to flower, but I would have missed it if I hadn’t walked through a quiet wooded area in the park for a change:
This week in my garden at home:
This week I have noticed that my rhubarb is growing well now (and I still haven’t got around to mulching it all with manure – I better hurry up).
I transplanted this rhubarb from my allotment last January so this will now be its second year, so I will be able to harvest a small amount this year and I am already looking forward to it!
“If you transplant rhubarb it is best not to harvest any the first year and only a small amount in the second year to avoid weakening the crown”
I have also noticed that my spring cabbages are beginning to grow a bit and it will soon be time to give them a feed. I need to lift the net and remove the yellowing leaves first though:
The garlic that I planted in the autumn in the ground is doing very well. I planted some ‘back up’ garlic in my cold greenhouse which is also doing well, so will have to find a place in the garden for it soon:
You can see in the right hand photo above that my broadbeans seeds and leek seeds are now growing well too.
In the garden my chives are poking through now and so too is my comfrey:
These things show me that Spring is on its way.
Inside the house the flower seeds that I sowed last week have now all popped their heads up too, which is surprisingly quick (lobelia, dhalias, marigolds, and antirrhiums):
To speed their germination I decided to give them a bit of ‘bottom’ heat in their propagator by placing it on top of my radiator, with a chair placed against it to stop it falling off….and it worked a treat!
This week in my garden outside I moved my rosemary and mint forward and sunk them into the holes where my blueberries sat last week before I moved them. I am keeping the mint in pots to stop the roots from spreading and the rosemary is a young plant. By sinking the pots in the ground it keeps the roots a bit cooler which means I don’t need to water them so often in the summer.
I gave the rosemary a bit of a hair cut too:
I also decided it was time to give my bay tree a hair cut too, so it doesn’t grow too big. It certainly looks neater now:
Out in my small front garden I also gave my three spirea plants a good prune. I find this stops the plants growing too large. I planted three spirea plants approximately thirteen years ago and all I ever do is prune them in February and they look good every year…they were well worth the £2 each that I paid for them!
This week in the home:
This week Mr Thrift had a few days off work and we decided it was high time we sorted our cupboards out as they had become a bit messy.
We found things in them that we didn’t know we still had:
We found some little plastic things that cover the screws in our plug sockets, that we didn’t know we had and we also found a couple of birthday candles that I must have bought and forgotten about – unfortunately my youngest daughter turned sixteen last November so I will have to pass them on to someone else to use:
It took a while to sort everything out but it’s nice to have tidy draws and cupboards once again:
This week there are two birthdays in our family. The first was my step mothers. My dad and step mum came round on Saturday (my step mums birthday) to watch Leicester City play on the television….this was a spur of the moment thing so I wasn’t prepared.
While they watched the first half of the match I made my step mum a birthday cake. I did it as quickly as I could using my favourite ‘throw it all in’ recipe and I whipped up some chocolate butter icing to spread over it and I grated some white chocolate on the top. I just managed to light the candles as the whistle blew for half time:
I don’t think I have ever made a cake so fast, but it proves that it can be done quickly (though a little bit of the butter icing did melt on the top as the cake didn’t have time to cool down as much as it should have, but nobody noticed).
And it is my eldest daughter’s 18th birthday….where on earth did that time go?
She has grown into a beautiful, intelligent, well manored lady, who we are both so very proud of.
I spent Wednesday and Thursday making a large cake for a her. My daughter’s middle name is ‘Rose’ so I decided to have ’18’ roses around it.
I made three sponges and eighteen little mini cakes and decorated it with icing:
My cake isn’t perfect, but I’m sure it has saved us a lot of money and ‘homemade’ cakes always taste nicer than shop bought cakes….and more importantly, my daughter loved it (thank goodness).
Thank you for reading my blog today, I will be back as usual next Friday.
Have a lovely week!