After a very mild and exceptionally dry April, we had a sudden cold snap in the last few days, including heavy hailstorms and that terror of the season, a frost. The kiwi vine got hit hard; it’s lost most of its leaves, though the flower buds look to be undamaged, and the strawberries came off pretty badly; on the 15th, they looked like this:
Covered in flowers… which now all have frosted centres. So much for the early crop I was hoping for.
Luckily, I hadn’t yet succumbed to the temptation to plant out my tomatoes in the greenhouse, and even brought them back into the house overnight when I realised how chilly it was, and I don’t think anything else at the plot got damaged. Even the grape vine right next to the kiwi looked fine, I think it got just that bit more shelter from the shed.
I did have one nice surprise at the plot today; the legless lizards were out in force! I think I only saw one of them last year, and I was worried the slow worms had abandoned my plot, but I uncovered one (a bit camera shy) in an ant’s nest, under a bit of plastic.
Then, when I’d repositioned the plastic to where I needed it (it really couldn’t stay there, however much I like slow worms), I picked up a stack of tiles to weight it down, only for another slow worm to suddenly fall out the pile into my hand. I think he was OK, but we both got a bit of a shock!
The bees are looking great at the moment; they’ve found some great nectar source, though I don’t know what. Loads o’ brood, quite a few drones hanging around, and they’re actually storing potentially harvestable honey for the first time! My plot neighbour has 2 out of 4 hives starting to swarm, so I’m keeping a careful eye on ’em, but no signs yet. I’ve got the second hive made up now in any case.
Now just fingers crossed for no more cold spells!