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Here we are then. Who would have thought ….what with the mild autumn…that nature had a proper winter in store? Not much snow so far, but definitely a proper freezing mid-winter.

Of course, it just demonstrates yet again that in the UK you just never know what will happen next with the weather, and that’s why we are all so obsessed with observing, monitoring and forecasting!

Here on the East Coast of Bonnie Scotland, we have been frozen solid for at least a week, since our return from the Caribbean, and nothing has moved at all. We’ve had lots of lovely winter sunshine, and Willow and Molly have had plenty of long walks, but it feels like we are just ‘waiting’ now.

Willow can take any amount of waiting as long as she has something in her mouth! ;)

Inside the Greenhouse, the propagator is on and cuttings are hopefully rooting in there, and the Olive tree has started to bud up nicely. The scented leaved Pelargoniums have all been potted on, cut back, and placed back out there for light as they were struggling in the houe. So far, the greenhouse has almost stayed above freezing every night, and nothing has been lost to the cold. I’m not using any plastic insulation as I have bad experiences with mould and condensation. I am using a little oil filled electric radiator to keep the temp above freezing during the night.

The winter flowering Cherry, Prunus Subhirtella Autumnalis Rosea, is just ready to go full in to flowering, the buds are ready to burst….just need a little more warmth and then it will be off.

The snowdrops have started to flower, but the cold has stopped them in their tracks as well, and in a lot of my pots, the compost is clearly raised and bulbs are just waiting to pop through the compost. Everything is just ready, set……!

Many of the evergreens are still providing me with colour and light, which is such a blessing.

On the patio, all is well, we sat outside without coats and had our late morning coffee today, and the ‘tender’ evergreens are doing well in spite of their reputation. Being up against the house wall helps a lot…that and the south facing aspect. You can get away with a lot on a south facing plot.

For Christmas, Mum (Oliveoil) sent me these gorgeous ornaments. I love the way they reflect on the house walls! Aren’t they stunning? I really love them. :)))

And finally, just to warm you up a bit, a little winter spice!

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All of your plants look very healthy and strong and I love those garden ornaments - our snowdrops and bulbs are waiting like yours for that final push - nice pictures - Jane

21 Jan, 2015

 

Thank you Jane...you were quick....I should have made it even longer ;) x

21 Jan, 2015

 

All looking good Karen but yes it is so very very cold.

Soon we shall be seeing many bulbs .

Keep cosy

21 Jan, 2015

 

Hi Karen, I bet you rally felt the col, coming back from the carribean, but at least you have some colourful plants to look at, and sunshine, even if it is very cold, we have a bit of snow now, but it has been wet and miserable for weeks now here, it's a goo job that even though I have clay soil, I've managed to get it fairly well drained, {years of hard work, lol,} soon be spring now, then all the work can start again, Derek.

21 Jan, 2015

 

Sitting outside~~~~~~○~~~~~ thats me shshivering, its hardly above 1c here with cold wet icy drizzly sleet...ugh!
my bulbs are hardly showing, so nice to see the colour in your garden. ........roll on spring 😊

21 Jan, 2015

 

Love the ornaments,Karen......shrubs look good especially the Witchhazel.

21 Jan, 2015

 

Things are looking good out there Karen. I'm impressed with your oil heater in the greenhouse, it looks be doing the trick. I agree with you about plastic insulation, I've not used it this year, I've just thrown sheets of fleece over all my greenhouse plants.
I can't believe you sat outside with your coffee. I know you lot over the border are made of stern stuff, but that's taking it too far!

21 Jan, 2015

 

A very beautiful blog set against that white, winter backdrop.
The south west has escaped all snowfalls so far but I do like to see a snowy scene - briefly!!

21 Jan, 2015

 

Gor blimey you must be a glutton for punishment we've had sunshine as well but its certainly not warm enough to take my drinks outside, waterbutts and bottom pond frozen solid and I'm having to thaw the birdbaths daily..
Saying that I enjoyed seeing your garden and the view Karen..

21 Jan, 2015

 

Lol...what a load of soft southerners! We had just walked a couple of miles..... ;))

21 Jan, 2015

 

LOL, I'm gonna use the age card Karen and say I now feel the cold more, well thats my story and I'm sticking to it...

21 Jan, 2015

 

Mine too Lincslass! You'll get there Karen!

21 Jan, 2015

 

:) you are excused x

21 Jan, 2015

 

I think we have had it worse on the west coast Karen. My garden is very much asleep.

21 Jan, 2015

 

It all looks fabulous, and so much colour our garden is still very fast asleep. I also think it is far too cold for coffee in the garden, you have had much more sunshine than we have down here and I am playing the oldie card too lol :O)

21 Jan, 2015

 

We have had a lot of sunshine.....but we usually do! It's thawing fast here at the moment. I fear that will mean cloud for the next few days, but you can't have your cake AND eat it....

21 Jan, 2015

 

The radiator is a great idea. Hope I'm not being overly cautious but is it plugged into a ground fault receptacle?

21 Jan, 2015

 

I have no clue what a ground fault receptacle is! but it is plugged in to an outdoor socket supply which was installed at the same time as the gates. hope that puts your mind at rest!

21 Jan, 2015

 

Your greenhouse is great - bigger than I remembered.Is that hebe really flowering now?? Our snowdrops are way behind yours, I think they must be a late variety. Please could you tell me the name of the orange Euonymus?

We had a bittelry cold wind this afternoon but it was sunny and not freezing or snowing so we count our blessings.

You really have done brilliantly to have so much winter colour in such a new garden.

21 Jan, 2015

 

Ground fault interrupter is an electrical outlet device that detects an electrical flow outside electrical devices and cords. Upon detection it shuts of the electricity and prevents one from getting electrocuted. For instance a defect or other circumstance in a wire lying on the ground dry or wet if not plugged into such an outlet has the possibility of electrocution. Gfi outlets are required in the USA in all outdoor receptacles, kitchens garages and bathrooms. ...anywhere an electrical appliance or cord has the potential for sending a current into a wet or otherwise conductive surface. A good example of this would the beginning of the 007 movie Goldfinger where James Bond finishes off his assailant by throwing him into the bathtub and throwing into the water an electrical heater ..result...assailant was electrocuted... Fight over. Now had the heater been plugged into a gfi receptacle, the fight would have continued.

22 Jan, 2015

 

Stera, thank you so much. I bought the Euonymus in a basket of six for bedding, so no name on it. However, I've done a bit of searching and there is one very similar on Davesgarden site called E. fortunei 'Sunshine'. I think that's the best I can do. Hope it helps!

Ha Ha! Loosestrife! Thanks for the info! I think we're safe then, as the cable is all insulated and properly installed by professional electricians. :) I 'think' we call that a 'Circuit Breaker'? which comes as standard on our outdoor cables.

22 Jan, 2015

 

Lovely blog Karen, I enjoyed looking at all your plants and love the view of the snow glad hills. I marvel every year when I see the buds start to appear on trees. It is such a lift to the sprit to know spring is round the corner. I left my olive tree out side by the house it seems to have survived so far, although I don't have any buds on it. If I get time today I will pop up a picture. I have ordered 200 snowdrops in the green which I'm hopping will arrive before Saturday. The weather is promising to be sunny so it would be good to get them planted up under the trees in the dell garden. If they do well and the D.. Squirrels don't eat them I will order more next year.

22 Jan, 2015

 

Oh Teds, "snow glad hills" is very Dylan Thomas!
200 snowdrops - wonder how long it will take to plant them all? Worth every minute, enjoy - you will have a snow glad dell!

22 Jan, 2015

 

just had a coffee and red through it again, it is amazing the difference in plants in your garden and ours, must have something to do with the milder coastal area. Although I bet it doesn't feel like it when you see all that snow on the hills and the ice on the ground. Keep wrapped up and enjoy your cosy workouts in the greenhouse. I have at last found the right spot for the base to be put down for my greenhouse so will be ordering shortly.

22 Jan, 2015

 

Lovely blog, Karen - the garden looks great, and ready for the "Go!" I am noticing lots of things beginning to wake up, though some of them never quite went to sleep! The passionflower is still green, and the honeysuckle against the house wall has breaking leaf buds. Lots of bulbs popping up, too. Such an exciting time in the garden 😃

22 Jan, 2015

 

Stera, yes. It is flowering...that Cerise Hebe! It's always very late to flower and keeps going all winter.

Hi Teds! Thanks....were you around last year when I bought and planted a thousand snowdrops in the green? It doesn't take long once you get started, and it's well worth it. They are all popping up again now.

I am surprised to hear you say that ours is much more colourful Mum. But this little microclimate around Dundee does come up trumps. up the road in Aberdeen it is a different climate altogether.

Thanks Melchi. It's been thawing a little today, and I've cut back a little of the dead material. It won't be long now before things are growing away again!

22 Jan, 2015

 

Lovely to see so much colour in your garden Karen, especially the yellow border,we have the same heater which OH used two years ago in the porch.....the plants are without heat this year, having to survive the best way they can!!
Many of our bulbs are through, and some are now flowering, your 1000 snowdrops will look fantastic en masse, can't wait to see the pics.....we have a frost here tonight, but hopefully only minus 2......

23 Jan, 2015

 

Thanks Angela. The snowdrops are spread out quite a bit, but in a couple of weeks we ought to have a decent display. Was watching 'show me your garden' last night...what inspiring gardens they have on that show. I got all sorts of little germs of ideas from them! Very enjoyable indeed at this time of year seeing those gorgeous summer scenes.

23 Jan, 2015

 

Hi Karen, that must of been a good work out it must look fab now, do put up a picture when they are all out please. How many snowdrops do you think I should put in each clump? I didn't want to get to many to start with as the dreaded Sumo ( the name given to the fat squirrel that eats my bulbs) may have a feast. :-(

23 Jan, 2015

 

lol...Sumo! Sumo! I must admit, I did rather plant mine in large clumps...about 6 to begin with and then as I got fed up the clumps got bigger and bigger!

23 Jan, 2015

 

I bet they did.....lol

23 Jan, 2015

 

Hello Karen. Your garden looks like you have been there for years ! I can't believe how much you have done and how quickly everything is getting established.
It must have been a shock to the system coming home to the cold !

24 Jan, 2015

 

It's always lovely to come home Rose. We had a terrible journey and I was still ill the following day, plus the jet lag, so I hardly noticed the cold really. however, the wind was blowing so hard at Edinburgh when we landed, that the cars in the under cover multi storey car park, even our Land Rover was being rocked by the wind.

Today has been lovely. We've worked for about five hours outside. I managed to get a honeysuckle planted, OH made me another big wooden planter to replace a terra one that was destroyed in the gales while we were away. I got two planters lined and planted up with things that were in too small pots, and all around the greenhouse has been tidied and reorganised ready for the growing season. Swept all the patio around the front door and reorganised the pots, and played with the dogs. Willow's favourite game today...tearing around the lawn grabbing mouthfuls of snowdrops as she went. GRRRR!

24 Jan, 2015

 

Oh ...you are making me feel so guilty Karen, sat here in the warm! Do you ever stop ! Hahaa! I have had this nasty fluey coughing bug which developed into bronchitis and now can't stop sneezing, so thats my excuse for being indoors ! I have managed a couple of hours outside though and am itching to get on and maybe widen the borders a little ! Ssshh ! Hahaa!

25 Jan, 2015

 

You stay warm Rose. I've never had bronchitis. Keep yourself warm! The garden can wait. We were just tidying up really. This week....hopefully....second stage of fruit tree pruning!

25 Jan, 2015

 

Very nice Karen....you have lots to look at.Imiss the shrubs in my old garden. Atthis time of year,We would be looking out on yellow Mahonia flowers from the front window, beautiful pink V.Bodnatense Dawn (scented of course) alongside yellow Winter Jasmine in the back garden as well as Sarcoccoca and Nandina Domestica(heavenly bamboo) by the front wall as well as Viburnum Tinus and orange and red berries on the different Pyracanthas in the side garden.Instead I have green grass, and brown fences....oh , and lots of piles of brown clay soil that I've dug out for the shed base!
I am very envious!!,
We too have had freezing conditions for the last week or so(not good for digging out for a shed base) but no snow to speak of(just a flurry a few days ago)

25 Jan, 2015

 

Paul...remember what mine was like a year ago! You'll have it beautiful in no time. You had a lovely collection of plants for winter interest...you know what to plant! :)

25 Jan, 2015

 

That first pic is stunning Karen, all your plants look great, but your greenhouse is amazing. I have never seen such a tidy, well ordered, and altogether pretty greenhouse:-)

25 Jan, 2015

 

Aw, thanks BA, you are too kind. Today, more excitement, as the first Iris danfordiae came out in there, and I acquired a lemon tree!! :)))))

25 Jan, 2015

 

Is it very pretty and is the flower sweet? I know the fruit of the lemon is impossible to eat:-) (old song, not going mad)

25 Jan, 2015

 

Just as well you said...I'm not familiar with that song! :)

26 Jan, 2015

 

I only know a bit of it .... Lemon tree very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet, but the fruit of the lemon is I possible to eat. I have an anemone harmony orchid in flower, I didn't think it would have survived so I'm thrilled, it really is the most beautiful anemone:-)

28 Jan, 2015

 

Paul remember small is beautiful. Did you see Dottydaisy's blog last week?

28 Jan, 2015

 

BA...that song tune is right at the edge of my memory...it's been poking me for days...I'll get it in the end! Thanks for the extra lines ;) good news about the orchid!

28 Jan, 2015

 

What a great show your garden is putting on for you Karen. Ours keeps disappearing under snow. I was surprised to see your Hebe flowering. It's similar to my Hebe Grath and there's no sign of movement on mine. How on earth can you sit outside with your coffee. I'd be frozen. I took my cuppa up to the greenhouse with me last week and it was stone cold when I got there....lol. I hope you get to enjoy the colours in the garden and don't get the snow forcast for Scotland at the weekend.

29 Jan, 2015

 

Thank you HB....South facing patio is very warm, but the water feature froze again last night! We've no snow thank goodness, and it looks like we might escape it this weekend as well, although it is going to be Arctic, so there'll be very little gardening done. However, I have managed to get some of my pruning done this week, and a few rooted cuttings potted on. I'm enjoying the heated greenhouse very much. It got up to 21C in there today in the sun. Just stayed above freezing during the night. I'm gradually starting to sow a few hardy seeds now and making good use of a heated Propagator! :)

29 Jan, 2015

 

Lovely blog Karen. Oh to have your patio, my poor North facing back garden is just stating to get some sun now :o)x

10 Feb, 2015

 

Thanks Annie! I had my lunch out there yesterday. Could have done it today as well.

10 Feb, 2015

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