Boxing Day Headcount

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Re: Boxing Day Headcount

Postby Stephen » Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:50 pm

I was staying with my sister. Her Christmas Roses (hellebores) flowered on Christmas Day.
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Postby PLUMPUDDING » Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:10 pm

A bit after Boxing Day, but a stroll round the garden yesterday in the lovely sunshine surprised me with lots of flowers and definitely some I've never seen at this time of year before like Limnanthes and purple toad flax. Also the snowdrops are flowering a month early and the early purple sprouting broccoli is in full swing. I'll have to pick and freeze it as we can't eat all of it at once and if we get a cold spell it will spoil. The rhubarb is over a foot high so we could probably have rhubarb crumble to celebrate the new year.

Other shrubs and flowers are the Mahonia, Viburnum bodnantense and tinus, one of the Pieris, Winter honeysuckle and jasmine. The polyanthus, prumulas, cyclamen and wallflowers and the iberis and arabis are all flowering as if it was spring. The next few months are going to be very interesting and hopefully not a disaster.

The white headed blue tit keeps coming back with its friends and we've had a visit from a reed bunting and a gold crest as surprise visitors this week.
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Re: Boxing Day Headcount

Postby Motherwoman » Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:04 pm

I love winter Jasmine, don't have it in the garden but must make note to self to get one.

Not much bird life around today, cheeky little robin was diving into the log pile as I loaded up some barrowfulls to bring indoors, and I can hear a wren calling in the hedge by the front door. Chickens were a bit disgruntled by the wind, they were doing a sideways stagger up the path as they tried to stay upright! The wind blew up their tails so they looked like mini-turkeys. :lol:
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Re: Boxing Day Headcount

Postby oldherbaceous » Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:30 pm

Dear Plumpudding, i saw something that made me worry a little for you today. There were lots of potato shoots popping up from ones that had been missed. I hope your planted ones aren't thinking of doing the same thing.
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Postby Westi » Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:55 pm

OH Ditto!

I've lots of potatoes growing up as well in amongst the leeks. I was quite pleased as could dig them up & didn't really matter if the odd leek got pulled as well as they are ready, or as they are tough plants can just heel them back in. (Not to mention some leek & potato soup as the spuds were fine).

Bit of a pain when they come up in a normal year in the spring & push your baby seedlings out of their row or disturb the roots of the carrots or parsnips.

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Postby PLUMPUDDING » Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:05 pm

I've been thinking the same O.H. but there's no sign of them yet. I always plant them quite deeply but I'm keeping an eye on them.
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Postby oldherbaceous » Thu Dec 31, 2015 7:07 am

Well it looks like the temperatures will be going below 10 degrees, so hopefully that will stop them.
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Postby Pa Snip » Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:14 am

Whilst fumbling around yesterday I found that some of the sacks of potatoes in store that were harvested from the plot this year are sending long shoots out through the hessian sacks already. Going to have to get them out of store and check them over.
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Re: Boxing Day Headcount

Postby alan refail » Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:14 am

Pa Snip wrote:Whilst fumbling around yesterday I found that some of the sacks of potatoes in store that were harvested from the plot this year are sending long shoots out through the hessian sacks already. Going to have to get them out of store and check them over.



The problem is that the ideal storage temperature for potatoes is 4 to 5 degrees C.
Ironically it's much easier to keep UP to that level over winter than to keep DOWN :(
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Re: Boxing Day Headcount

Postby Diane » Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:15 am

I have potatoes growing out of my compost heap. Great long shoots. Also noticed a couple of onion shoots too. It's supposed to be a bit chilly tonight though so they'll probably perish. :(
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