Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Dirty Old Heater

Edinburgh temperatures are due to abate for a day or two (with even the promise of double figures tomorrow!!!) before another spell of nigh time frost  threatening again.  I took the opportunity to clean the greenhouse glass this morning, because a paraffin heater keeps off the frost but the payoff is a coating of soot on every surface.  After three or four nights the greenhouse looks more like a blackhouse and light levels are markedly lower.  So I have emptied it out and given the windows a good clean. Not having any covering lid these cauliflowers are decidedly mottled with a film of smuts! They are out in the fresh air and sunshine today.

Fleece is wonderful at trapping smuts!  I won't be reusing this bit.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Smell the Flowers - First Bee Sighting of 2018

I went to the plot to dig carrots today and to my surprise the sun was shining. There is a floral border at the entrance to the site and I was again surprised to spot some flying insect activity.

 This bee was hard at work.  And it wasn't alone for long.

New Arrival

Room for Two?

I am guessing they are bees not hoverflies.  They must be pollinators as they were busy collecting pollen, as you can see in the pictures, and stashing it in the baskets on their legs. As for which type - my first guess was going to be the "Early Bumblebee" but they seem to be a lot fatter and fuzzier. On reflection I guess someone has a honey beehive nearby. Whatever variety they are they are they are most cheering to see.

Only one song springs to mind (even though they are not roses - the sentiment is there)

Monday, 19 March 2018

Threshold Apprehension

The temperature here has just gone sub zero for the third night in a row and I have again deployed the paraffin heater in the greenhouse.  My personality has changed recently because now I have always got half an eye on the thermometer.  I've been a bit apprehensive about the temperature.

Or even:

Sunday, 18 March 2018

The Heat Is On

Peater The Heater
The temperature dropped to -2.5C last night.  Just as well I had dusted of the paraffin heater and deployed it in the greenhouse once the temperature dropped to 1C.   It maintained a temperature of about 8 degrees above the outdoor temperature.

Only one song for Peater the Heater

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Here Comes The Sun

I suspended any idea of sowing in mid February.  Even though seeds are started off indoors and stay indoors for a week or two I still find it impossible to sow when it is blowing a snowstorm outside. It takes a bit of sun put you in the mood.  Today the sun appeared again and I celebrated by sowing some broad beans and some peas.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Snow Clearance

These before and after pictures don't require any words!

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Blood On The Snowdrops

Recently I have been taking a couple of trays of onions outside daily to catch some sun.  I sowed them in January and now they are clogging up the propagator/sunbed.  I plan to move them to the (unheated) greenhouse as soon as practically possible, but I don't want to shock them so things are in abeyance.  Today has been a no go day as although the sun has appeared for brief intervals snow showers have followed in short order. So I am inside wondering why all the birds have gone quiet when I catch sight of this.

The dreaded sparrowhawk has returned and downed a pigeon.  I guess they are hungry in winter too.  (If it had been a sparrow I would have been more upset.)

Here is a suitable song for the conditions: