The garden has been totally transformed the last few days. With heavy layers of frost over everything, some plants are visibly miserable. The fatsia is drooping over, but it will all recover in a few months hopefully. I’ve not been well so been off work, but under orders not to exert myself too much so no gardening. But looking out there it’s too cold to do many jobs. The ground is frozen. I’ve done the main pruning that currently needs doing so this week I’ve just been enjoying the beauty of the frost.
The hydrangeas have looked stunning with a sprinkling of frost over the surface of the browning flowers. I normally just trim back to past the flowerheads in Spring. However, they are starting to get a bit large. I’m unsure whether these are varieties that will survive a hard cut or not so I’m trying to read up on advice.
The sharp spines of the cordyline have a nice layer of fuzz around the edges. It’s days like this where you can see why they always get listed on great architectural plant lists.
3. Bird Bath
The bird bath has been freezing regularly. I have talked about this before but it is important to crack the ice or keep a ball or something to float in the ice to stop freezing. The carpet of fur has a beauty to it but the birds still need water through Winter. Within minutes of smashing the seagulls were in.
The already thorny teasel is looking good with one side covered in frost. The jury is still out on whether I’ll let it grow back again next Summer. It has looked nice and brought in both insects and birds but it has a big footprint of how much ground it takes up.
The various sempervivums may not like the frost much but they do like good with an edging of frost.
6. Building work
The building work has been on hold for much of the week with the cold. They have been back a few days and we now have a roof. Though, with the cold, it would be nice to have the render back on to insulate the house a bit more.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my six. I’m going to carry on resting and recuperating chilling with Alice and reading up on ferns as I plan for the year ahead.