The sun is hot, the ground is dry and yet it's still freezing. Temperatures struggle to make it to 6c during the day, - 2c at night, this time last year we were enjoying temperatures of 20c. There is still an easterly wind which is stopping the sun from warming things up. We have now covered the strawberry plants in the tunnel as the flowers were getting frost bite.
The daffodils have come to a grinding halt , they remain half open, still it will mean that we have a prolonged blooming of them. Fortunately none of the fruit trees had come into bloom, just the start of the flower buds forming, like us they are waiting for warmer weather.
Flowers which I would have been planting in the soil have now been planted into containers and put into the tunnel, just to keep them warm, I will be able to move these containers to various places in the garden when things warm up. Keeping the container watered makes for more work and it can only be done in the morning as the plants would end up with cold wet feet over night, no plant likes this.
The rhubarb however has not suffered but we have kept it covered with straw when this cold spell arrived, we have picked the first sticks, I made some Panna Cotta which goes beautifully with rhubarb. We should have a good crop this year, with plenty to freeze.
The first of the la Bresse eggs have now hatched, out of nine eggs we ended up with six chicks, three eggs were infertile, the next lot will go into the incubator sometime next week as long as they don't go off lay. The duck eggs though have so far failed to hatch, we will give them a few more day before we discard them.
When we first moved to this cottage we were surprised how few wild birds there were on our land, each time a new bird arrived we got quite excited, it was only by following another blog that we decided to have a count up of what we now have here, in total thirty different species to date, plus the summer visitors, yet another benefit of being Organic.