In the Garden – February 2012

It´s been such a long time since I talked about the garden or the vegetable patch. Naturally, it´s still winter, the soil is resting.

But not quite. It´s been an exceptionally mild winter, and while things could still change, there are signs of life.

My cyclamen, bought before Christmas, continues to stun us with its beauty.  I am doubly shocked as I generally manage to kill pot plants within a few days.  What do I do next with it? It currently sits inside our sun room, with the door open all day and sun in the afternoon. It seems very happy.

Some of our geranium cuttings are already producing little flowers.

Daffodil and narcissus bulbs planted last year (bought back from the UK) are flowering.

My parsley survived the winter outside, this is the first year this has happened.

Broad beans and onions in their little winter shelter.  We open the door and let the sun in during the day and we´ll be eating beans again in a few weeks.

Plenty of garlic for the year ahead. I thought it was only a month away from being ready, but wise old Big Man tells me I need to be much more patient. In the background one of our lemons and our artichoke plants which are already producing baby artichokes.

Our other lemon took a battering in the recent high winds, but still has plenty of lemons and produces new flowers with each new moon.

We don´t tend to grow our produce from seeds as many of Big Man´s family do this on a large scale for a living. We are going to risk some early planting. Nothing to lose, we think. Basil, thyme, chard, spinach, frying peppers, bell peppers, some more lettuce and some salad tomatoes.

Winter has been kind to us this year. Fingers crossed it won´t take us by surprise in the next few weeks.

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70 thoughts on “In the Garden – February 2012

  1. Lovely to be brought up to speed on your lovely garden Tanya! I love that we will see how things progress with the coming months and I see there are plenty of lemons for my G&T’s for when I come and visit!
    🙂 Mandy xo

  2. My fingers are crossed, too, Tanya. You are, of course , weeks ahead of us, which would make Winter’s return nearly disastrous for your awakening garden. No matter what happens, that cyclamen of yours won’t be going anywhere. It really seems to like that spot and looks gorgeous. Thanks for the little stroll through your garden!

    1. Thanks John. We are keeping everything crossed, but the new plants won´t go in yet for a few days. We´re letting them get “acclimatized”! The cyclamen does indeed seem to like its spot – and I can see it all the time where it is, so get to enjoy it all day.

      1. Start soon with some hardy ones like rosemary, sage, mint and thyme (almost impossible to kill and they even cope with pretty low temperatures!), then as things warm up some parsley (flat leaf does well) rocket and chives, oregano and finally basil and coriander (when it gets warm )if you like them….that should give you a good selection to keep you going and you only need a little pot of each. The rosemary and sage can get quite big and bushy and they both produce purple flowers which are pretty too. Obviously you probably won´t want all of these, but that´s the sort of order you should look at for buying them. Good luck, keep me posted!

      2. Wow…You are awesome! I have copied everything down and hopefully I can get going in the next couple of weeks. Thanks so much for the advice and I’ll keep you posted.

  3. I’d check it out but I suspect the cyclamen could be acclimatised to the outdoors once the weather warms up. Your garden is lovely.

  4. It looks wonderful! The wall around your garden must help shelter the plants, as well as the mild winter you’ve had. Our winter was mild until a couple of weeks ago, then we had freezing temperatures that have set everything back again!

    1. Yes, the walled veggie garden does help. It means that one side is in shade most of the winter, but in the summer it´s a good thing as the plants need some respite from the heat! We had a cold snap too, but the walled garden seemed to protect everything which was a relief.

  5. Such life there on that mountain of yours! Artichokes, already! Lemons (I ache inside for want of those!) herbs and chard and garlic and broad beans and peppers! You lack for very little up there – but I’m aware how well you know that! And now even the daffodils from home join you. It IS a bit of heaven isn’t it Tanya! And that cyclamen?! Whatever you’re doing and not doing, don’t change a thing! Beautiful tour this morning, thank you so much for that!! xo

  6. All looks so lovely. I usually wait for the cyclamen to die back a bit and then I plant them somewhere in partial shade to come back again each year. You can then try harvesting the little seeds and transplanting the seedlings to create a whole drift of cyclamen – fab! x

    1. Oh, thanks for that! And didn´t even realise there were little seeds. I love this plant, it´s so strong and has so many little buds down inside it, so would love to keep it going. Brilliant advice and much appreciated 🙂

  7. Pot plants never last here either. The ones that I keep inside get destroyed by the cat who uses them as his personal salad-bar. The ones which are toxic for cats and so which have to be kept outside, end up being forgotten or frozen to death by the winter weather 😦

    Lovely photos – so nice to see that big daffodil!

  8. Your garden is beautiful!!! I bet you can’t wait to have everything bloom come Spring (I love the bright colors and sweet smells that come with Springtime). And the best spices are the fresh ones you can pluck just seconds before using them in a recipe. *happy sigh*

  9. What an incredible garden you have. I just love it and for winter it looks in very good shape. I love how the mild winter has spared the parsley and I love the daffodil and your cyclamen is very beautiful – I haven’t had much luck with cyclamens – is there a secret?

    1. There may well be a secret, but no one has shared it with me yet! I have to say it was a plant that was given to us by a friend who is a gardener for the local council, so he obviously picked out a good one. I just water it when it starts to droop a little and pull out the dead blooms. It seems to like its spot by the back door – some sun, some shade, some fresh air and I talk to it a lot!

    1. Well welcome to you Heather! It´s always good to meet new friends. So glad you like what you see and for subscribing. Hope the herbs are a sucess, plenty of water and a mix of sun and shade and you should have a good crop 🙂

  10. My mom always had a big pot of cyclamen or little pots of african violets scattered all around her home. This brought back so many memories for me! I love that you have spring!! I will have green thumb envy for the next few months:) xo Smidge

  11. I hope our winter continues to be mild and that we can open up our cottage in Maine in April instead of May. We will still have to wait until almost the end of May to plant our garden there because we have the possibility of frost until then. So happy you are having such mild weather.

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