Winter, weather forecast says it will get below zero, so time to consider the plants that need some protection. So far this winter I haven’t needed to, but it is time to get to work.
Over the years I have lost a lot of plants in winters, from tree ferns (very sad and expensive) to magnolia stellata and multiple other smaller plants – it seems like last Winter almost all the pennisetum in the UK were lost, perhaps we all got complacent after many years of increasing temperatures. Now, obviously, the best thing is not to plant tender plants, but everyone loves to grow what they can’t – I’ve been in places where roses just don’t look happy and there’s a bed of sad-looking specimens, perhaps we gardeners are all mad!
You remember the camellias I bought? Well, they should survive OK, but they carry their flower buds over the winter and these can drop in particularly cold weather – so I bought a single tube of horticultural fleece and have wrapped it very carefully (and not tightly, no point in knocking off the buds we want to keep, now is there?) – I have kept the fleece in place by using a couple of clothes pegs.
So, I am not growing ghosts or white lollipops, but hopefully this will ensure a good blossom – when I see warmer weather, I’ll be taking these off, but ready to put them back on whenever necessary.