‘The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry’.

The weather has been playing havoc, not just here , but all over the UK.  I have been professionally growing herbs for over 30 years and I have never known a spring like it.  It is not just the cold winds and  the unseasonable weather it is also the low light level which is equally detrimental making seed germination erratic and slow.

Because of this unseasonably cold weather we have had to adapt our plans over the past week. It all started with Plan A  = plant the  Herboretum,

Luma collection

Luma, Chilean Myrtle,  collection

But with the change in the weather we then moved to Plan B = collect plants for Herboretum but do not plant as weather is too cold.

Thyme Collection

52 different thymes.

That did not work as it the wind chill got even colder so we adopted Plan C = make lists of plants which need to be collected for Herboretum.

Having finished collecting and making lists we  moved on to Plan D = make more labels for the Herboretum

Labels for Herboretum

Today the wind chill has become so cold -7C,  with a forecast for later in the week of -9C, that we had to implement Plan E =  cover the young  the plants that are already planted to protect them from the cold wind.

Covered plants

We open on Friday 29th March, regardless of the weather, with a little help from our friends who, despite the cold, came and helped us paint the old potting shed for our first Herb Friday.

Our friends painting

Having become a weather watcher I note, as I write this blog, that they say that on Saturday 30th March it will be 13C ! We wait and see with fingers crossed that the weather will turn a day earlier . Even though we cannot guarantee the weather there will be a warming cup of tea or coffee  and home made cakes; as well as some glorious herbs that have kindly decided to put their heads above the soil.


16 thoughts on “‘The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry’.

  1. Hi Jekka: Well, I feel sorry for you over there. Here in Canada your weather sounds like spring to us. Of course, your pictures don’t show the snow that we still have on the ground! I do have about 5 early tulips just poking their head above the soil on the south facing garden. The rest of the yard is covered in snow or where it is melting, the soil is frozen below about 1/2 inch of soil. Oh, how we wish we had your climate at this time of year – that you usually have, that is. Anyway, good luck and keep ‘soldering on’. I love your blog and postings and pass them on to my grand-daughter who loves herbs as well. We live vicariously through you and your triumphs. Marilyn Wright

    • Thank you so much Marilyn. Much of the UK is under snow, we in our corner missed it, but snow as you know can be protective against this blasting wind. Unlike you we are so not used to the end of March being cold like this. It is amazing to think that Blogs can link us across the world. Here’s hoping we all have a good gardening season and that our gardens are bountiful. Jekka

  2. We have snow here in Cotswolds and I am full of frustrated enthusiasm for planting! Good luck with the herboretum, it sounds wonderful – love the idea of 52 types of thyme and hope to visit. Must be so tricky with this ‘Spring’ weather.

  3. I can’t help with the weather either, dear Jekka! We have a new round of snow as well! Easter may be our big tick day, we are supposed to be 10 degrees C! It has been freezing here! See you very soon! Can’t wait! xo

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