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A whole week of frost!

  • A whole week of frost!

It's been a cold week up here in East Central Scotland, today we've had our first thaw since last weekend. Down to -7°C a couple of nights midweek. Mounds of black mush await me in the garden but I can't, for the life of me find the motivation to get out there. I am trying to be more positive. Some plants may have been reduced to mush but many have bounced right back. With any luck the constant freeze will have seen off many of the bad beasties and the good ones were wise enough to take shelter. The family of hedgehogs we have been feeding since the end of summer are still around. Particularly the 2 youngsters. They visit twice nightly and we can visibly see how much they are growing. It is important we continue to offer them fresh food and water because if they are too small they will go into hibernation and won't waken up. For the first time we had a pair of Gold Crests visiting the garden. I may have started digging out my wildlife pond a bit late in the year, however, it's all done now and I am feeling rather pleased with myself for doing it all on my own. Roll on spring when I can get the underlay, liner and water in there. Oh and did I forget to mention I now have the whole winter to plan which plants I'd like to grow in and around the pond.

Comments (3)

  1. Grower

    Alice May

    Hi, Angie - great post. I'm also dreading / expecting to see mounds of black mush where once there were plants. What I'm dreading most, however, is looking in the greenhouse. It's been a long-awaited, much anticipated addition to the garden, but although it went up in September, circumstances mean it's only going to be getting heating and this coming Tuesday. This cold spell has caught me unaware, and I should have been more diligent about a) keeping an eye on the weather reports and b) wrapping up every damn thing in sight.
    Hope the damage isn't too bad at your end, and lovely to hear about the hedgehogs and Gold Crests. I'd like to hear how you get on with your wildlife pond when the times comes, too: it's something I want to add to ours but just can't decide where best to place it!

  2. Grower

    Angie's Garden

    Thanks Alice. What a coincidence my greenhouse went up in September too. However, mine will remain unheated. It will only be used to keep some of my less hardy plants for winter at the moment. Damage to your plants may be less than you think. I've got some Salvia looking good in the greenhouse, I was most surprised to see them looking so sprightly today. When the pond is done I will do a post.

  3. Grower

    Winifred Field

    Well done Angie, digging it all yourself. Look forward to seeing pics when its up and running. We've had our first frosts this week but they were much more severe than the very few w e had here last year. I have got the greenhouse wrapped up in time so hope everything is alright in there. Haven't looked in there for two days in the hope of keeping any warmth there might be inside there. Sounds as though you are going to be busy next spring with both the pond and a new greenhouse to tend.


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