Well, it's been blowing a gale here all afternoon, its been raining non-stop most of the day and we've turned the lights on already.
But it's good for the garden if not for our spirits.
And it's especially good for our vegetables.
I have noticed that on quite a few blogs that I follow there is a bit of show and tell going on regarding home grown produce, where some clever green-fingered bloggers are already tasting the fruits of their labours.
I've seen Courgettes.
Talk of beans even.
And I'm very impressed.
And a bit jealous I must admit.
There is nothing quite like growing your own fruit and veg and then having the thrill and satisfaction of picking and eating them.
We still have some way to go here for most things, although we have been happily chomping our way through homegrown spinach, swiss chard and two types of winter lettuce for the last few months.
But that is all coming to an end now, with the last of the bolted lettuce pulled up and strewn on the compost, and the same fate is shortly due for the now bolting spinach and swiss chard.
But we have had so much from them, and the last few leaves will not be wasted. We will definetely be growing them again next autumn.
Still, looking on the bright side, we do have some shallots - I dug up lots of shallots a couple of days ago - a little early I think, as I read somewhere recently that they go in on the shortest day of the year and come out on the longest.
Anyway, as its been such a horrid wet day here, and I have neglected to update our veggie progress on my usual posts up until now, I have had a play with Picasa and have put together a few photos.
So, even though at the moment there is nothing to eat from our garden except the last of the spinach, swiss chard, and the shallots, we do have high hopes of the following:
Tomatoes, now flowering, 4 varieties - Golden Sunrise,Moneymaker,Oxheart,Red Cherry
Sweet Peppers, 2 varieties - Romano Mixed, Colour Spectrum
Chilli (Jalopeno) Pepper, flowering (sadly bought in, mine did not germinate)
Courgettes, lot of flowers/courgettes forming
Dwarf beans, flowering
Climbing French beans
Broad Beans, flowering
Cabbages - planted late autumn, hearting up nicely
Peas - have tasted the first ones, more to come!
Cucumbers - again, bought in, as didn't get round to sowing seed
Strawberries - but not really enough to even get a decent pudding from sadly - have been totally neglected
We are also are now picking Basil and Coriander - must remember to sow some more, and to sow some more lettuce
But if this weather carries on, I think it will be a while before I sow those seeds, and a while before we'll be using our cheerful striped new directors chairs in the garden :(
Hope the weather has been better where you are.