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Post by Chilli-head on 12th December 2011, 10:20 am

I did a bit of tidying up in the garden this weekend, and spotted the strangest thing - Asparagus spears emerging Exclamation What the ???

Although tempted to put a cloche over them and hope for asparagus for Christmas day, I worry that it would just further mess things up and do long term harm, so I have left them alone.
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Post by polgara on 12th December 2011, 11:09 am

Why not try & cover a few & see what happens.

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Post by Adrian on 12th December 2011, 11:42 am

As one of my neighbours put it "its a weird ass winter"

I have had lavender flowering recently and seen buds breaking on heaths and heathers - hopefully the freeze will set in soon.

I'm with Pol, cover and hope for xmas food

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Post by Dandelion on 12th December 2011, 8:51 pm

I planted Chinese broccoli in the autumn, which is supposed to over winter in a dormant state, then burst into leaf and flower in the spring. It's flowering now, though!

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Post by Chilli-head on 13th December 2011, 9:52 am

Yes, some of my Kailan is doing just the same thing Dandelion. At the risk of digressing, I've never grown it before (well I tried last year but it got eaten by the wildlife) - what am I supposed to do with it ? What bit do I eat, and when ?
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Post by Dandelion on 13th December 2011, 4:51 pm

That's a coincidence - I've never grown it before either, as my first attempt last year didn't survive the -13 temperatures we were getting! The guinea pig has had the flowers which it has been producing - I decided that nipping them off might bush the plants out a bit. I'm assuming that it will be one of those plants I call off at on a 'stir fry forage' round the garden - the catalogue said that you could eat the stems, leaves and flowers.

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Post by freebird on 3rd January 2012, 8:20 am

There is a place on the main, 6-lane road, which runs past our house, where there is a roundabout. It drops down below, and goes under the road. The grassy banks around it are planted with daffodil bulbs of different varieties to provide a long season. The first of them are currently in full flower, and obviously have been since the end of December.

I have wondered in amazement in previous years, seeing them in flower on 31st January. I think that their location provides a very sheltered microclimate, but they are exceptionally early this year. Very cheering on this dark grey day.
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Post by Chilli-head on 3rd January 2012, 10:22 am

I have daffodils fully open in my front garden at the moment. They flowered in time for Christmas !
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Post by Dandelion on 3rd January 2012, 4:11 pm

That's amazing! No signs of daffs here - the leaves are just poking through but that's it. But I do have Rudbeckia still flowering in the front garden (half hardy annuals, the packet says, but I cut them down last winter, leaving the roots in the soil and they survived temperatures of -11 to bloom in the summer, and on and on, so perhaps they're hardier than people think!)

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