Six on Saturday: 16th January 2021

How is the weather where you are? At the moment we have sun and blue skies with fluffy white skies. I’ve risked putting out some hand-washing to drip – only on the clothes airer; the washing line doesn’t come out until March.

Despite the snow and cold temperatures of last weekend, my strawflowers survived – mostly! I’ve discovered how to take a decent photo using my mobile – point it at flower, touch the flower on the screen, and it autofocuses (don’t ask me how as I’ll never find it again),

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Six on Saturday: 9 January 2021

It’s a lovely morning, but after two nights of freezing temperatures and snow yesterday, it’s not safe to set foot outside the door until the ice has thawed. There’s no need risk a broken limb because I took my photographs in advance (on Thursday), though I only went out to fill the bird feeders!

In the Potting Shed, the sweet peas have survived the below zero temperatures. I didn’t want to remove their ‘tent’ so I don’t know if they’ve started to bush out after pinching them out a few weeks ago.

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Planning Ahead for 2021

I’ve waited a week to open my seed order!

A heady mix (I don’t get out much) of leafy staples (salad leaves and chard); exotics (round cucumbers, cucamelons and Florence Fennel); herbs (Greek basil sage and cumin), and a trio of unusual onions. Thanks to Paddy (An Irish Gardener) for recommending the ‘Welsh’ onions.

Has anyone grown tomatillos? I’m considering giving them a try.

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