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…. an engineer, singer and photographer living in Scotland

Winter Garden – 24 and 31 January 2015

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January 2015 has been one of trial for the garden. 2014 was the first full year following moving into a new build the previous year. There have been gale force winds, torrential rain and snow and it has taken its toll on the garden.

At the end of 2014 the bush chrysanthemums were in full leaf and had plenty of buds some of which had bloomed. The bedding plants had died, however due to the weather the raised beds had not been cleared.

The remnants of 2014 bedding plants

The remnants of 2014 bedding plants.
24 January 2015

The wind has taken its toil on various items in the garden.

Mini Greenhouse after retrieval

Mini Greenhouse after retrieval.
24 January 2015

I had added battens at the bottom to given is stability and added weight since I got in April 2014. The wind picked it up and blew it up the side of the house. The left side batten has partially broken off and the joint at the top right has split.

The greenhouse also took the compost bin with it, which I retrieved, reseated and collected up the (partially) composted items that had blown around.

 and location of Mini Greenhouse

Retrieved Compost Bin and location of Mini Greenhouse
24 January 2015

A week later it had blown away again.

Compost Pile after the bin had blown away.

Compost Pile after the bin had blown away.
31 January 2015

For the time being I have given up on it and cleared the compost into the brown (composting) wheelie bin.

Compost bin location cleared

Compost bin location cleared.
31 January 2015

After harvesting the potatoes, I left the raised bed empty hoping that some of the clay-laden soil would get broken down by the frost. Unfortunately it is collecting water.

Water collecting in the potato bed.

Water collecting in the potato bed.
24 January 2015

There are signs of life. The rhubarb has started to sprout.

Sprouting Rhubarb

Sprouting Rhubarb
24 January 2015

A week later it was showing through the snow.

Rhubarb sprouting through the snow

Rhubarb sprouting through the snow.
31 January 2015

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

2 thoughts on “Winter Garden – 24 and 31 January 2015

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