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Frost damage. :(

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Hello everyone. I’ve just been out and taken a few pictures of the garden this morning. I couldn’t believe how cold it feels out there. It is absolutely mid-winter cold! The late and sudden cold snap has damaged my potatoes in bags..I don’t know if they will recover, not all the leaves are frosted, so I’m hopeful but I might move them back in to the greenhouse.

The dwarf Rhodies have suffered the worst of it I’m afraid. Some of them were just opening their tiny buds. This one is ‘Shamrock’…

… ruined. A brand new addition to Heuchera Corner. (Sigh…) I’ll just have to wait until next year now to see it’s blooms.

This one doesn’t have a name as I inherited it. It’s not nearly as bad. There are still blooms intact….for now.

Magnolias are also very sad looking with many brown soggy flowers. My Stellata has taken a hit, but look at the farmer’s White Soulangea down the road. I took this photo on Monday…sadly too late to see it looking beautiful.

Thankfully, not all blossoms are susceptible to this awful weather and keep on shining through. I hope and pray that spring will return soon. Perhaps the weather is in sympathy with Nepal, but looking at their disaster certainly puts it in to perspective for us. :) Happy Gardening, stay WARM

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Yes, me too Steve. I will learn. :(

29 Apr, 2015

 

Snoop, as my mam used to say: 'don't cast a clout till May is out!'

29 Apr, 2015

 

my miniature rhoddie has been done for too :O(

29 Apr, 2015

 

My clout has been reinstated!

29 Apr, 2015

 

We always wear clouts here in Staffs

29 Apr, 2015

 

Whats a 'clout' - here in Northamptonshire its a clip
round the ear when you misbehave.

29 Apr, 2015

 

It's an archaic name for a coat

29 Apr, 2015

 

I hadn't cast my clout so all's well as regards my plants, its sunny but really cold and we've even had a shower which was needed, however I'm mega down in the dumps here as I've took a tumble and messed up my ankle....

29 Apr, 2015

 

Oh no LL....that's the last thing you need. I am down in the dumps with you as I'm full of the cold and running a temperature. Poor us! Hope you get your ankle mended soon x

29 Apr, 2015

 

What a spectacular magnolia Karen! Fantastic.
Someone along the road, where I walk Paddy, has a very mature Stellata and it's been smothered in blooms which smell beautiful.I stop and smell them most days.....people probably think I'm mad but, there's nothing to smell in my garden yet!!
Shame about the rhododendrons, when you wait all year for them.

29 Apr, 2015

 

Hopefully, it's just the blossom lost and not the plants. Next year!!

29 Apr, 2015

 

Oh Karen,I do commiserate with you......You look forward to these early awakenings and then nature delivers a blow!......Hope you feel well soon.x

29 Apr, 2015

 

Sorry to hear you are so poorly, Karen, and your misfortune with the weather won't help at all 😞. I hope the damage will not prove too bad, and that you start to feel better soon.

29 Apr, 2015

 

Thanks all. Miserable bloomin cold...weather and illness! ;)

29 Apr, 2015

 

I have just been looking at the forecast for Thursday Karen it looks pretty bad. I have been putting things back in the greenhouse and running about with fleece. Like you Karen I have had a cold today. I am hoping it will not last as I think my poor nose is feeling a bit over rubbed. :@)

29 Apr, 2015

 

Yes, mine too Linda...red raw and sore! Hope we both get over this soon! My tatties are back in the greenhouse now. Next week will be better :)

29 Apr, 2015

 

It's so disappointing to see what this horrible weather has done to our plants,Karen..just when they are coming to their best..I guess I'm lucky,it's only my three Pieris..and as you say,it's nothing in comparison to what's happened in Nepal..ours will recover...

29 Apr, 2015

 

..whereas those poor people will never get over this. :(

29 Apr, 2015

 

Exactly...:o(

29 Apr, 2015

 

I am also liable to give Barry a heart attack each time I sneeze.

29 Apr, 2015

 

No sneezes on here please ladies!!! You can keep your nasty bugs to yourselves, thank you!! Although, it may be too late.I've had a sore throat, just at nighttime , for the last 3 nights so, perhaps I have something on the way!

29 Apr, 2015

 

I have other problems when I sneeze! ;) i'm sure I must have caught this on that overcrowded train we went north on...it was ridiculous...oh, i must write to them about that, nearly forgot! But public transport...i always catch bugs on buses, planes and trains! Another good reason to be anti-social!

Paul, start dosing yourself with Ibuprofen and Vit.C! It sometimes beats the bugs off.

29 Apr, 2015

 

I find Neurofen cold and flu can stop an infection in its track if you catch it early.

29 Apr, 2015

 

Well its not broken, thank goodness, just a very bad sprain, up like a balloon at the moment so will probably be multi coloured tomorrow.
Yes I swear by them Andrew, its Neurofen for me at the moment, trying to get rid of my aches, I take a Cod Liver Oil Capsule daily, it helps keep those cold bugs away, good for lots of things...

29 Apr, 2015

 

I am taking cold and flu max AnD ibuprofen. I rattle!

30 Apr, 2015

 

What a sorry sight Karen, we have had some warm sunny days here but it gets darn cold and blustery towards evening so its back to wrap up warm time, we`ve also had the odd frost but it has only damaged the odd rosebud here and there.I hope you get rid of your cold quickly and your tatties recover. The old saying Ne`er shed a clout till may is out is definitely true.

30 Apr, 2015

 

I learned recently that May refers to the Hawthorn blossom (the blossom being in flower) not the month being over. Which makes more sense really doesn't it, as the end of May can be very hot!

30 Apr, 2015

 

I hope you feel better soon Karen and you too Lincslass !
Its been cold here , but sunny. A lot milder than your weather though ! What a shame about your Rhodies ! Couldn't you have put fleece over them ? Sorry...thats like saying "when the horse has bolted !"

30 Apr, 2015

 

I was away Rose...in Moray when the weather turned.

30 Apr, 2015

 

Hi Karen, too many poorly people on here at the moment, the trouble with a cold is that if you treat it, it stay 7 days, if you don't treat it, it stays a week, try whisky and hot water, plus paracetomol, I don't usually get colds, I take whisky every night as a preventative measure.
Lincslass, try cold compresses for sprains, [whisky is also a good painkiller].
Paulspatch, I find pickled onions help prevent sore throats getting a hold on you, plus a few large whiskies to help you sleep, Derek.

30 Apr, 2015

 

Derek, you're like me as far as Whiskey is concerned...I believe it is the best medicine for a cold or cough. But I dont drink it unless I'm unwell...or its Christmas! :))

30 Apr, 2015

 

Hi Karen, it's Christmas every night in our house,lol, Derek.

30 Apr, 2015

 

....snigger....:) just about to get a large one. The election looms!

30 Apr, 2015

 

Hi Karen, same here,😊 can't wait for next week, I won't say who I'm voting for, but I don't like cameron, clegg or farage, so hoping we get the right result, I'll be staying up watching the results, whisky in hand, right result to celebrate, wrong result to console myself, so either way I win,😊 Derek.

30 Apr, 2015

 

Lol.. Which is your favourite Malt then Derek?

30 Apr, 2015

 

Hey - whisky, red wine, you name it! Must work - I hardly ever get a cold😉. But this time - ugh!!! This is a nasty bug. A fortnight now, and though I'm feeling a lot better in myself, the throat is still sore at night and the voice sounds like Clara Butt with a cold. Oh well - it's got to leave soon, hasn't it? Hasn't it??? 😧

30 Apr, 2015

 

Hi Karen, I think my favourite would have to be 15 year old Glenlivet, followed by Glenmorangie, glenfiddich, and a few more, my favourite blended is famous grouse, but I don't like Bells at all, Derek.

30 Apr, 2015

 

Similar taste to me. have you tried Old Pulteney?its from Wick, and is my favourite so far...but. i have a lot still to sample ;) Not keen on the smoky peaty Island Malts, but happy to drink Grouse if offered!

30 Apr, 2015

 

Hi Karen, great minds and all that, no I haven't tried that 1, I shall look out for it, we don't seem to get as much choice as you get in Scotland, and no I'm not keen on the smoky peaty ones either, and Teachers is an aquired taste as well, 1 that I had about 44 years ago, that was quite nice, and have never seen in England, is Blair athol, when my late wife and I were on honeymoon in the highlands, Derek.

1 May, 2015

 

I hope you can find the Old Pulteney. Its very smooth. :)

1 May, 2015

 

I am sorry you haven't been well Karen. However, this blog has been fascinating as it has educated me on the names of Scottish garments, medical remedies and whisky!! We don't just know about gardening on here!

This weather is so confusing, last week I wore summer clothes every day, this week we are back ito winter again! Poor plants and poor us!!

Hope you are feeling better now.

3 May, 2015

 

Thanks Chris! Glad you enjoyed the blog! I am on the mend at last! :))

3 May, 2015

 

Old Pulteney is one of my favourites, Karen. Lovely, isn't it - from the most northerly mainland distillery. Glad you're feeling better!

3 May, 2015

 

Hi Karen, good to hear you're on the mend, must be the whisky, lol, Derek.

3 May, 2015

 

:)) thank you. Must be, as OH bought a new bottle of OP for me yesterday. I havent drunk any, but the sight of it must have done the trick!

3 May, 2015

 

Good old whisky !!!! Derek.

3 May, 2015

 

:)

3 May, 2015

 

I had almost forgotten what your blog was about K!! All this talk about whiskey, was sorry to see your frosted plants, unfortunately a early warm snap is fatal for gardeners..
Being a Midlands person we keep to the old rule nere cast a clout etc never fails!! a wise saying.

3 May, 2015

 

You've learned the hard way Angela! :) thanks for looking in x

4 May, 2015

 

Sorry you are unwell Karen and frost nuked your Rhodies. Such a disapointment. I used to get a lot of nasty throats when I did home visits. Like you say, only being separated from much contact does the trick. Then it gets very boring and unsocial. My auntie used to sniff up pure TCP!!! I did notice she had some colds, mainly gifted by great grandchildren. However she lived to 103.

4 May, 2015

 

Blimey, thats drastic! Tcp?! :)) thanks Dorjac x

4 May, 2015

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