My garden is currently "a game in two halves". On one side are the big tall Brassicas standing proud, hardy and cold-tolerant. On the other side is Plastic City, huddled up against the cold:
Hmmm. Yes, seen like that, my garden doesn't score very well on environment-friendliness! In my defence I must state though that my plastic stuff doesn't get renewed very often - I make it last several years. Some of those domes are probably 10 years old now, so assessed on an annual basis their Carbon Footprint is not catastrophic. And anyway, underneath all the plastic is an extensive array of salad plants that will make it unnecessary for me to buy any of those hothouse-raised lettuces airfreighted in from southern Spain or wherever.
Since endives and lettuce underneath plastic domes didn't appeal to me as suitable photography subjects today, I resorted to looking very closely at some other things. This is what I saw:
The Aquilegia plants are beginning to put up new leaves. This year I will have some different ones, courtesy of a couple of blogging friends who sent me seeds, and of course not forgetting my MIL who donated to me a root-division of one of her lovely plants last time we visited her.
Aquilegia leaves have a very water-resistant texture which tends to make the moisture on them form droplets:
The leaves of Cavolo Nero don't have quite the same properties, but I today one of them had little droplets of water hanging off its edges, like a necklace of tiny pearls:
The Clematis is just bursting into life, and if you look closely you can see it is covered in buds.
The seed-heads of the Oregano and Marjoram are still more or less intact. Last year, when the weather at this time was much colder, the seeds were eaten by Goldfinches. I once saw a flock of about 8 or 10 of them flitting around the garden, but this Winter the most I have seen simultaneously is two.
Our Bronze Maple tree has grown quite big (it must be over 20 years old now, because we planted it soon after we moved in here, which was at the end of 1991), and it has thrust aside the black weed-suppressing membrane that lies under the shingle. This membrane material has been populated by moss, creating a lush green miniature garden.
All around the garden at present there are little spiders' webs at ground level, like this
Does anyone know which spiders make this very dense type of web?
That's it for today folks - I do have some work to do, you know...