February has been a month of extreme up here at the north of the Hebridean islands, the first half was very, very stormy, we had 2 storms with winds over 90mph, the second storm had gusts of 125mph around the Butt of Lewis which is were I am on Lewis, there were waves at the lighthouse almost as high as the lighthouse and the lighthouse is on the cliff so the waves are high just to reach the top of the cliff, I heard the waves were nearly 80 feet high.
My telephone wire to the house was nearly blown off, it was coming off the house end, I was not concerned about loss of phone and internet but that if it broke away from the house and was still attached to the telephone pole by the road then about 60foot of wire would be lashing wildly across the road. When I phoned to report it I was told if it got attached to a passing car it would break easily. Openreach who look after wires outside the home were just amazing, a man arrived within 30mins to make it safe, he must have lived near by and been phoned at home as it takes 45 mins just to drive from town in normal weather and this was not normal, next day the weather was a bit better and 2 men turned up, replaced the cable from the house to the pole and replaced the wire into my house, excellent service.
As I could not doing anything in the garden during all this I decided to check through the seeds I have been buying to see if any could be sown, peas, cauliflower and pepper seeds were said to be sown inside in February, the peas are already growing I’m amazed.
The second half of February has been the extreme opposite of the first half, with calm days, a slight breeze, some sunshine and very frosty mornings. The temperatures in the afternoons most days have been good enough to garden, not warm enough to do any transplanting but warm work such as removing turf, digging, etc.
The area that has benefited most from this is the fruit and berry garden, I have finally got the second bed almost ready for planting. I am so relived as I have 5 autumn fruiting raspberry plants heeled in and had started to worry where was I going to put them, now I can sleep better as their home is nearly ready.
2 photos side by side to show most of the F&B garden, the bed on the left is the first bed with the gooseberries, the path was only half done to the red bricks so it’s finally finish, the bricks and stones are on the edges of the cardboard under to twigs just in case the wind wants to move it, the new bed was a quarter done with 5 raspberries planted last autumn, the line of sand dots is where I popped in some onions that didn’t get planted in autumn. The bed needs some more soil/compost as it slopes down to the right, the area of mud to the right of the bed is the up turned turfs I dug off and it will be the path so now any stones found when digging will be put here. The far right is where the wild raspberries are, they were so over grown with grass and had not been cut for a few years I decided to cut them all down and will clear as much grass as I can, there is white sidalcea and buttercups that grow, I’m going to add some red campion and foxgloves, keeping it wildish.
I started going to art club again, I had not been for a couple of years, I’m glad I have started doing some art again, my son gave me a Chinese painting kit Christmas 2011 and I have finally started to use it, so far I’m just trying out the techniques following the demonstrations in the book, this Monday I tried the butterfly and tiger lilies.
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