Another grey, dreary, wet Saturday, cold too. I’m thankful that I brushed yet more leaves up from the patio yesterday so I can stay indoors today. I prepared this SoS earlier in the week as I didn’t trust that we would have internet access after to conversion to fibre broadband. As you can see – I was wrong.


Just when you think there is nothing left in the garden to photograph, nature surprises you, as these new strawflower buds show.

Along with this pot marigold which it still going, and with another flower to open.

But best of all is the sight of iris reticulata ‘Joyce’ starting to show in last year’s Christmas pot. And it has bulked up, which is great news.

The sweetpeas are growing well. I wonder should I pinch the tips out now? And ONE solitary perennial sweetpea is growing too.

My plans to grow winter salad crops are not working out too well, but here are a few that are managing to struggle on. Two in the Tiny Greenhouse and two in the mini-greenhouse in the Potting Shed

I don’t hold out much hope for the sempervivums over winter. These are the last survivors of the batch I bought in 2018. I’ve moved them into the Tiny Greenhouse.

It’s a Mystery

We’ve had mysterious goings-on in the back garden this week. On Monday, I made a flat version of fat-balls for the birds that come to my garden. I left it in the tray overnight in the conservatory to set, then on Tuesday, added about a quarter to a bird feeder and hung that up.

I left the remainder on the wooden bench on the decking (under cover), still in its plastic tray and mostly covered with aluminium foil. By Thursday, the whole caboodle had disappeared.

A quick search of Potting Shed, Mini Greenhouse, and beneath the bench revealed nothing. We were concerned that it might have attracted rats or mice, but surely they wouldn’t have eaten the plastic tray or the tinfoil? (The tray is one of those clear ones used to package meat in supermarkets).

I even checked both freezers in case one or other of us had been holding it when we went to get something from them.

My conclusion? Gulls. They are the only bird large enough to carry it off in one go. But would they want to?

More garden shennigans over at The Propagator’s blog. Do have a look over the weekend.