I know this is a very late post but it's been a lovely, busy couple of weeks. Our sons returned with their girlfriends so the house was full of people to feed. Lots of laughter, hours of talking and far too many calories later they have packed up and driven away again so I have time to relax.
2012 was a memorable year. My mother celebrated her 90th birthday; one sister became a grandmother while the other survived a cancer scare; my eldest son qualified to fly fast jets and my younger one began working for Warwick University SU. And what did I do? I got an allotment, enjoyed my garden, saw a bit more of the world and started this blog. Does that sound dull? I've had a wonderful year! "May you live in interesting times" is an old Chinese curse ... I'm hoping to be just as content in 2013 as I am now!
The sun was shining this morning and the bird feeders were full. I looked round for likely subjects to photograph and was pleasantly surprised to find the snowdrops are about to bloom ...
and the primulas are out...
.... while these hellebores have sprung up all over the place. I'm not complaining as I quite like them when they are fully grown but I have an hour or two of transplanting to do.
I spent half an hour in the greenhouse this morning examining the geranium cuttings and checking the sweetpeas. Won't be long now until the heater will be on and the seed trays filled.
My seed wish list is complete. I collected quite a few seeds last autumn so lupins, cornflowers, poppies etc should be okay. I have been looking for smelly flowers in the catalogues this year. I want to walk passed that trellis and delight in a heady perfume! I now have to compare the catalogues to get the best prices. Someone needs to create a website like MySupermarket.co.uk based on major seed retailers. The prices per packet and the number of seeds vary quite considerably.
Once I've finished my flower list I still have to make my veg list ... I can't believe there are so many different kinds of carrots!