This week’s six has a snow damage focus. Last Sunday’s snow and frosts have taken their toll. The ground has remained frozen and winter is here. Let’s start with a carry over from last week.
Here is the missing picture of my bracken /fern for you to consider. There are a number of these in the garden. Are they Bracken of Fern I ask myself, this site might help Fern or Bracken? It’s all in the pinnate . Whatever they are, they are ready for the winter cut back, next year’s uncurling fronds will be a sure sign that spring is on its way.
The iris leaves had been standing proud and green but all that was wiped away. The collapsed and now brown leaves need to be cut back. The new green leaves will be another sign of a new season starting.
Shaking the snow from the plants is a necessary task. Left too long heavy snow will bend the branches downwards and some may snap. Cold wet hands have to be suffered but the positive was the delicious aromas released when I shook the snow from this sage and rosemary.
The cut flower patch has been dug over, the last remaining flowers consigned to the compost heap and the last of the mulch applied. The fox has stopped by to dig a hole. Next year this will be used for potatoes. Its a reasonably sunny spot at the shady end of the garden. I am not sure that I will be able to find a suitable spot for next year’s cut flower patch. That’s for me to ponder over the next few months.
Meanwhile, in the greenhouse a few autumnal sowings soldiering on. One pot of sweet peas, some penstemon cuttings, a very late salvia cutting and some love in a mist seedlings. The temperatures have dropped quite low and I’m hoping the lemon tree isn’t too offended. What is actually stopping me from buying a greenhouse heater?
More of my January jobs. Cutting back the stems of the autumn fruiting raspberries. I transplanted a few canes from the old allotment plot. They didn’t do too well this year and I am hoping they will be more productive next year. But I worry that that they might not be getting enough sun. I am going to have to learn how to grow your own on a shadier plot.
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