The Greenhouse Club on a Wintry Thursday

Hibernation is not on everyone’s agenda during the winter. In one of the hoop-houses Susan and a volunteer dislodge the chickweed that is trying to smother the onions. Bins are stacked high, full of promising seeds that will spring to life in the … spring.

Lettuces grow lustily in the greenhouse,
together with their neighbours, the Asian greens.

And outside, the yellow winter jasmine, jasminum fruticans, blooms in spite of rigid temperatures. This species, mentioned in an English herbal in 1597 but probably known in the Orient already in the 11th century, was one of the first jasmines cultivated in Europe.

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