Jan 29, 2008 | 2:15 AM PST
Three days of sunny weather and the temperature at 10 deg C - 50 deg F encouraged me to weed and turn over the soil in the front garden. Some crocuses are out and one daffodil whist in the back garden the snow drops are about to burst open.Primulas in a trough are in bloom.Two thirds of the weeding have been done in the back. Why do weeds grow faster than your plants? The scree garden looks healthy and some plants have silently grown and spread as has the grass. It covers the stepping stones in the lawn during the winter when you think nothing is happening. At our last garden group meeting we discussed summer flowering bulbs. We will shortly be visiting Anglesey Abbey (near Cambridge) to see the acres of various snowdrops in bloom. All the garden centres are packed at week ends but beware of buying plug plants unless you can keep them in heated conditions and grow them on. This year the cost of Geraniums has doubled so grow them from seed and cuttings. I will plant my peppers next week and hope that this year will be as good as last year. Little and often in the garden helps to avoid aching backs and get us in trim for spring. The sun has just come through so off I go!
The demon weather is at its best warm, cold, wet, dry, windy all in one day. The snowdrops are starting to push through and daffodil leaves are about three inches tall and slowly growing. The grass is sneakily growing sideways and covering up stepping stones in the lawn. The camellia is covered with big buds and promises a good display and the window boxes have escaped frost so far, the Geraniums are still flowering. Each year I collect the seed and get some interesting hybrids. Seed DVDs are arriving in the post. Paper is better because you can bury yourself in a chair, read and dream but a DVD provides a better appreciation of colour and habitat.
This tuesday our gardening group has its first meeting of the year so I will report on that.
Happy diggings to you all and may your weed pull themselves out.