Freezing gales coming from Russia have changed the garden in just a couple of days from one which was looking positively spring like with all the spring flowers looking bright and perky, into one that has everything lying down and looking pathetic.
We got off very lightly with just a few flurries of snow which didn’t last long at all, other people had far more snow and disruptions to traffic was everywhere again.
The Channel Islands had it very bad with the airports closed due to snow and the Scillies which are off the most SW tip of England had snow covering their islands which very rarely happens. One of the islands, Tresco, has a superb garden with plants from all over the world. They very rarely have frost but this time they have been covered in snow with freezing winds which will have done all sorts of damage in this garden. We will be visiting it sometime soon so will be able to report back on how they are coping.
Poor Crocus Tommasinianus have all been flattened and their stems crushed so no chance of them flowering any more unfortunately.
Worst of all though was finding the frogspawn frozen solid. Hopefully the top layer will have protected those underneath, but such a shame to lose so many little tadpoles. Will let you know if we have any surviving in a few weeks time.
I know the hellebores will stand up straight again when the temperature goes up, so I’m not too worried about them, this happens every time we have a frost and they are fine.
Neither am I worried about all the snowdrops that we have which are all looking pathetic, they too will stand upright again as soon as it warms up.
Daffodils have been cut that were lying on the ground, at least with it freezing, there aren’t any slugs or snails to eat them while they have been prostrate!
So all was not lost, at least these daffodils can now enjoy warmer temperatures in the kitchen and share the working surface with my hippo which I carved after a visit to Sierra Leone a few years ago, where we saw them on a canoe trip. Now that the daffs have warmed up, the perfume in the kitchen is amazing! There are lots more narcissus to flower in the next few weeks, the wind is easing already, nowhere near as strong as it was this morning, so hopefully the garden will soon be back to normal.