Category Archives: weather

at the back of the north wind…

Oh my, the air temperature has dropped dramatically since the beginning of the week though, hopefully, we have seen the last of the ground frosts.   Of course, being aware of the oncoming weather is to be forewarned.  I have brought all plants in pots undercover and have been draping the tender new plantings with fleece….

which is somewhat ancient and because it has been stored in the piggery over the last year, rather tattered courtesy of the mice.   It reminds me of Miss Havisham’s wedding dress.  Still it does a good job of protecting the plants on chilly nights.

Last week, the lovely OH cut the orchard and the grass of the vegetable plot, leaving the areas where we have spring bulbs. Everything is looking spruce, which reminds of the sage advice on making a garden look good if you have limited time i.e. ‘cut the grass and edge’.

The plums, damsons and gages have finished blossoming so hopefully had good pollination.  The apples are coming into bloom now; I hope the cold weather won’t affect the pollination too much.

Whilst the cold weather has set back germination a little, I have, amongst others, recent sowings of peas, lettuce ‘Little Gem’ and Basil ‘Aristotle’ coming through at the moment.  The latter makes lovely green mounds and is an excellent choice for pots.  No sign of Basil ‘Genovese’ yet; I have bought another packet of seed just in case the lack of sprouting is due to old age.

More tulips are in bloom…

and the artichokes are producing flower heads.  I’ll pick some of these to steam and serve with a mustard vinagrette for a light lunch tomorrow…

Bon appetit!



what a difference a day makes…

DSC_0324Northerly winds brought the cold down from the Artic. An inch of snow fell on the hills overnight.  Nighttime temperatures dropped below zero.  In the valley, we didn’t escape either.

DSC_0326Over the years of growing our own fruit and vegetables, we have become used to checking the weather forecast, particularly during the spring.  The weather can turn on a sixpence.  Some things we can’t do much about; I’m hoping the cold snap hasn’t affected the early damson and plum blossom.  However, in other areas we can take a little extra care.   Simple preventative measures like a covering of fleece look after the tender plants.

DSC_0330After all the hard work of raising plants in the propagator, it would be a shame to lose them at the final hurdle.


DSC_0270Especially as the extra specimens are so useful for bartering…



red sky at night….

DSC_0180The good weather we have been having looks set to continue for a few days.  The red/orange sky is due to the scattering of the shorter light wave lengths, (blue light), by dust particles whilst the the longer wave lengths (red) are less affected.

As the sun is lower in the sky in the evening, the distance the light travels to the eye is longer, more short length light has been scattered, the longer wavelengths less affected so the sky appears to be red/orange.

A band of high pressure advancing from the west indicates a spell of dry sunny weather.  High pressure traps more dust particles and magnifies the effect.