Thursday, 12 January 2012

Caught in the Sun

After the storms of the New Year, we’ve enjoyed a period of mild and calm weather, although office related chores have kept me inside more than I would wish . Since the bullocks came in finally on Christmas Eve, the grass has continued to grow, and the fields are still firm under foot. Good for getting about, but I’m worried about water shortages later in the season. However, an early turnout would be good, as we don’t have unlimited supplies of hay and straw. Most days we open the polytunnel doors for a few hours, as we don’t want rots and moulds to set in. Some of the seeds that we sowed last spring, now consigned to a spell in the shade house, are beginning to show signs of life:today I saw allium like threads of green in a tray of Nectaroscordum siculum. We are a cold garden, but things are moving, and the Winter Aconites have been flowering more or less since the end of the first week of the year, though only really opening fully in sunshine. Yesterday there was a devastating fire at a farm about five miles to our west: under the black hammerhead of smoke a buzzard soared in the January sunlight.
Eranthis hyemalis
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