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I resisted planting my seeds too early after last year but still I have leggy seedlings, not enough room, the quandry of will I plant some more or do I wait...

Frogspawn late and now frosted, no toadspawn as yet...

Birds sound as though they are ready for spring (I certainly am) but are eating more now than ever - both me and the birds...and I can't get out in the garden to start working it all off.

The job list just keeps growing... I think it is definitely worse than last year.

















I don't think we've got a spring yet Daintiness. 


 - thanks for that, Nutcutlet. You made me laugh and that is hard to do at the moment. All my facial muscles seem not to have thawed out yet!


hollie hock

Definately worse than last year. Last Winter and Spring were very mild, no wonder my seeds did well. I have done some sowing earlier this year  but won't be doing any more for the next couple of weeks I think, which is very disappointing as then that takes us into April.


Hree we had some very low temperatures last year but only for a couple of nights. Short and sharp. This year it's gone on and on and is still going on. 2 or 3 weeks ago I was getting ready to do do my spring sowings but the seeds ahve all gone back in the cupboard. Seeing them waiting on the table every day was too frustrating



By this time last year I'd had 3 bbq's was gardening in just a t-shirt, and we had regularly had temperatures of over 25c in my garden. Hence the hosepipe ban. This year nothing like that at all, this march is like Jan/early Feb last year.

Jean Genie

Like DD , we also had a few bbqs last March . Remember one in particular as it was our daughters birthday. We didn't have a hosepipe ban in our neck of the woods, (West Lancs) but it sure was a heck of a lot warmer.

Some folk are saying we are in for a hot summer but I'm not holding my breath.


A bit premature for a question like that.  First day of Spring was the 20th March...err 5 days ago.  Yeh, so far - not great.


This time last year I came out of hospital after back surgery to a mini heatwave and a few blissful days in the garden and great success with seed sowing which was later than usual.    Then we had a frost so deep it wiped out lots of plants, both perennials and roses, and killed others back to their crowns for a long slow recovery over what passed for summer.

This year it's foor surgery that has kept me housebound and a warm start to March saw me sowing seeds indoors rather than in the greenhouse.  They're doing very well but the summer savoury is now very leggy and the PSB is heading that way.   I shall have to pot on my Christmas basil this afternoon and then play hunt the window sill as they need more space.  The toms have already been potted on and the chillies will be next, followed by lupins.  It'll be OK if the greenhouse warms up by the weekend, honest. 

And then I can sow more seeds.


............I am speechless! XXXXX

It's just getting so tedious isn't it? I've got quite a lot coming on in the gh, all the daffs etc are flowering away, but it's just so unrelentingly cold. I know I'm luckier than many, not under feet of snow, but all the same..

I've not sown any more seeds yet. Those that have germinated will need pricking out this next week, & noway this yr can I risk them in an unheated, cold greenhouse even with fleece layes/cloches. So am resorting to trying to move stuff around on various sills desparately trying to create some more space.

It's all going to come at once isnt it.... bigsighsmiley. J.


Spring officially arrived today - I took my coat off while gardening today!

I do hope that is the end of that east wind as it has been so cold for so long. Planted marigold seeds today and have moved some seedlings out of the house and into my unheated green house.It was into the 30's in the green house today and the automatic vent opened for the 1st time this year. Things are on the up!

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