Comments: Dodging the weather

Yes pretty much all the hebes and assorted small things. I've had the first burst pipe here for I guess 25 plus years so I think the weather in early December was exceptionally cold. Also lost a lot of pot plants in the greenhouse including all the geraniums and some orchids in the conservatory. The Edgeworthia isn't looking too happy but it's still going. And three of my conifer hedge plants are totally dead but I'm blaming squirrels for that. Also a daphne but I've got two next to each other and the bigger one is three quarters dead so will probably have to go. But the lilies are bursting up and I'm waiting to see how the summer things go. I've poisoned the vinca which has slowed it down very slightly.

Posted by Debster on 12 April, 2023 at 10:53 PM

I don't think we've lost anything. In fact, we have tulips we've tried to dig up to move several times yet they keep coming back.

What kind of mower do you have, a rider? Do you trim or 'strim' as well?

Posted by Scoakat on 12 April, 2023 at 11:34 PM

Debster - I am amazed that you lost that many plants down in the SW. I am slightly reassured! I think that the early December cold was very cold, but more came after it. If it had happened in, say, February, it would have warmed up soon after, so saving many plants that could survive a short cold burst, but not prolonged cold, or several cold spells. We've lost the greenhouse geraniums too, I forgot those. Oh... the North kills vinca too... a few bits survived a couple of years, but I haven't seen any anywhere this year.

Posted by Blue Witch on 13 April, 2023 at 7:40 AM

Scoakat - Mr BW has an industrial strimmer, with full harness, and does the edges and the full cut on the field once a year, in the autumn (we are trying to establish a meadow and have planted lots of wild flower seeds as well as trees and hedges).

I currently have a battery-powered mower which is small but quite versatile and great for the top lawn that is odd-shaped and ever-decreasing in size. It is less good for cutting paths in the field grass!

Eventually (as we get older) we are probably going to need to get a ride-on mower to manage the field, but I am not totally convinced that there is one that could handle the undulations. Mind you, once the trees are big enough to remove the tree guards, we could probably just let a couple of borrowed sheep loose for a few days to do the job.

Posted by Blue Witch on 13 April, 2023 at 7:58 AM

In the south east, we've lost all our hebes too. They survived previous "bad" winters, but perhaps their time was up. I've heard similar from people in other places - lots of hebes seem to have gone this winter.

Posted by Andrew on 13 April, 2023 at 10:35 AM

No plants lost here. But then, they are all in our large conservatory! The garden is generally left to do its own thing.

Posted by Tim W. on 13 April, 2023 at 4:35 PM

I've lost many plants. I kill them. The opposite of green on the colour wheel is red, so I'm red-fingered. I don't have a garden which I'm sure the plants are grateful for. My few house plants tremble.

Posted by Caroline Greenwell on 13 April, 2023 at 9:43 PM

Looks great!

Posted by Martina on 14 April, 2023 at 12:35 AM

Loving the new steps approach to your new entrance. Is there drainage near the top of the steps in case of a deluge from your driveway area?

Posted by Darren on 25 April, 2023 at 4:06 PM

You'll have to come over and see :)

There's an Acco drain across the front of the door. So far so good...

Posted by Blue Witch on 25 April, 2023 at 5:04 PM