Tuesday, 31 March 2015
March winds and Mollyblobs
I expect most of Britain had gales last night, and we were no exception. They didn't seem to me to be any worse than we have had here over the winter, but perhaps I was asleep through the worst bits! Anyway, I still got a bit of a shock when I went out in the yard this morning and found that my Wyevale polytunnel had taken off in the night and was nowhere to be seen. It is in a fairly sheltered spot in the yard, protected from the worst of the weather by the house, stables and outbuildings, but last night the wind must have been from a particular angle of N-W that ripped it from its moorings. I knew roughly the direction it had taken and wasn't at all surprised to find it about a 1/4 of a mile away, on its back in one of Next Door's fields . . . OH and I managed to carry it back, separated from its cover which had been ripped off one end but still attached at the other, if in a tangle, and with one corner ripped asunder. I shall re-erect it when the winds have gone, affect repairs, and use it for my tomatoes and cucumbers this summer.
I know, it looks a proper mess there. The poly tunnel was hiding all last year's dead weeds and brambles. The area inside the breeze blocks is my veg. plot. 3/4 of it is covered by the black polythene, but that last corner will have to be dug over as soon as it dries up a bit. What a mess.
Meanwhile, there were all my seeds which needed cover, and straight away, so I had to go into town and buy a small upright seed stack type plastic greenhouse, and I put it right against the house, to keep it warm and anchored, in between the Damson tree and the Clematis Montana Rubens. The damp on the wall behind is the remaining area drying out after having a clay-filled stack/support which was built originally (before our time) to take the oil tank when they thought of having central heating put in.
Finally, my Marsh Marigolds/Kingcups are out in flower around the wildlife pond, but I checked along the lane last week and the first leaves are only just starting to come through the ground in the damp woodland where they grow.
Not the best photo as taken about 7 p.m. so the light wasn't at its best.