We have experienced the wettest January on record with very cold gusty gales and some quite heavy frosts. The ground on the allotment has been waterlogged and far too cold for any seeds to settle in and become acclimatised.
The Broad Bean seeds that I planted before Christmas have now become baby plants and seem to be surviving the adverse weather conditions very well. I also planted some onion sets and garlic cloves at the same time and they also look very healthy.
I purchased an interesting new variety of Raspberry Cane last summer, that produces gold coloured Raspberries, I had a very small crop of succulent juicy gold fruit. I think this is going to be very prolific this year, yesterday I noticed baby plants shooting up in the ground all around the original plant. Raspberry jam may be on the menu next winter.