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"How Many Flowers Can You Grow...On a Cold and Frosty Morning?".

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Well, it seems that the south of England has been enjoying a ‘Scottish Summer’ with temps up to about 13C. Well, let me tell you it hasn’t been like that up here! :)

So this morning I took a little daunder about the place to see what was going on…..

This morning I went to visit a friend on the Estate we lived on before and I drove past our old house. The front garden, which I laid to gravel and planted with evergreens, has not been altered at all and the plants have grown beautifully…it looked amazing, I was so pleased with myself! :))

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How strange to see those flowers with frost on them! It was certainly cold up there this weekend! When we got out of the car in Preston, to get fuel, it was like being in a different climate (I nearly wrote "country!). It was 5 degrees (Celsius!) warmer.

So glad to hear you were pleased with what you saw in your old garden. But it was lovely, and I remember pictures of your front garden.

3 Dec, 2015

 

Melchi, I will never forget the very first time I came to Dundee. It was just before New Year in 1986. As my train rolled over the great River Tay my jaw dropped at the sparkling beauty of the cityscape in bright December sunshine. My friend was meeting me off the train and as I stepped on to the platform my breath was halted in shock at the raw icy chill. There was a hard frosted snowfall on the ground. When its cold up here, its definitely a different country and a different climate. It didn't take me long to get acclimatised, but it was a real shock to my body, especially as I moved here from Manchester which always seemed to be damp and warm-ish. I developed asthma not long after moving here, which I am convinced was because of the lovely fresh air up here shocking my lungs! I dont have asthma any more...I got used to breathing clean air after a while! Lol!

3 Dec, 2015

 

Barry says the same Karen being from sunny Manchester. Glad your old garden is as lovely as your new one.

3 Dec, 2015

 

Linda! I hope the back is just as tidy as the front! But I'll never know on that one. :)

3 Dec, 2015

 

Gosh they look lovely all frosted

mild here and another wild wet night, possible cold snap over the whole country after more weekend gales they say

great to see how the garden is progressing, and its being cared for x

4 Dec, 2015

 

Ready made sugared flowers, don't they look just gorgeous!
It's always nice when people look after your old gardens, after all so much of yourself has gone into their creation.
We're bracing ourselves for tonight's n tomorrows storms, last week we lost the top half of a chimney, it missed the car beneath thank goodness, penalty of living on a hilltop 😕

4 Dec, 2015

 

Yesterday was a lovely bright sunny day here in E Anglia but cold all the same. Then it rained thru much of the night & the wind was pretty fierce. 9am at the moment & overcast, seems like its holding its breath & getting ready for the gales forecast for the w/end.

It does seem odd to see that frost on the flowers.
Glad your old front garden was still looking good, I'm dubious about going back as it can be upsetting.

4 Dec, 2015

 

Excellent colour. It is 10am and 11 oC here, sunny where the sun reaches, but the back garden dull and dank.
Ck is the last pic, pink flowers, a Kalmia. If so evergreen, acid loving and to 2 .5 m? I ask because am looking to buy an evergreen shrub to just top our back fence to hid the roof of over-the-back's shed. I would like to pretend I live in a green rural setting!

4 Dec, 2015

 

Karen - lovely shots of your flowers - I can almost feel the crisp air as I look at your garden shots - it is wet -soggy and mild down here and the garden is looking a little sorry for itself - my hellebore is going strong with lots of blooms but the primulas are not doing so well - Jane

4 Dec, 2015

 

looks lovely love to see frosted gardens. Hope you can still get out and about after what they are forecasting for Scotland over the next day or two. Nice morning down here, sunny and bright have been out for an hour this morning already had a coffee and going back out again in a couple of minutes, leaves leaves and more leaves. Thank goodness for good sweeping brushes and spring tined rakes. lol. Keep warm and cosy.

4 Dec, 2015

 

Lovely to view the frosted and very colourful flowers in your garden, Karen We had heavy rain last night so everywhere is soggy, even the blue sky and sunshine isn't cheering me up as I have been laid up with Sciatica for 3 days. So painful, but will ease eventually, so I'm told! :o(

4 Dec, 2015

 

oh that's awful Shirley I suffer with that and found that a good chiropractitioner was the answer. I stretch out every morning before I start to work or do anything. I know that if I slip and get twisted about it sets it off. hope you are feeling better soon.

4 Dec, 2015

 

I sympathise with your experience, Karen!

I moved up to Tyneside when I left college and the South. I thought I would die that first winter, especially when I experienced horizontal rain for the first time! But the cold has never bothered me since (and, of course, we're in the mild north-west now!)

4 Dec, 2015

 

Barbara, I have had Sciatica in the past, about 5 years ago I think. This episode had me wondering how to sit/stand/walk as the pain was so bad! Today is the best I've felt all week and I have a number to call regarding Physiotherapy. I shall be wrapping up some Christmas presents after lunch, then I can sit down when I need to. Really would prefer to be out in the garden though. Thank you for the get better soon wishes, enjoy your weekend. :o)

4 Dec, 2015

 

yes this is so true. the weather has been very different in different parts of the country hasn't it. lovely flowers non the less and good about your old garden too :o)

4 Dec, 2015

 

Shirley, (and Barbara) I am so sorry to hear you are suffering with sciatica. I believe it is excruciating when it is bad. I do hope it calms down for you soon x

4 Dec, 2015

 

Some wonderful frosty flowers K......I was about to ask the same question( Siris) re the last plant is it a Kalmia? has been on my to buy list for about 5 years now!!
Shirley sorry to hear you have sciatica, not nice! you have my sympathy x
We had a good day today, cold but dry for a change! walked around the garden, was good to get out of the house..

4 Dec, 2015

 

Ooh chilly Karen! It's been about 10degs here. Those are lovely photos though, the poppy and sedums are gorgeous! At least you'll have some bugs frozen too, clear icy air, I love it, reminds me of Spanish winters....:)). Oh that's nice to hear your old garden is being well looked after too......

4 Dec, 2015

 

Hello everyone...been moving our daughter in to her new home today, so am now exhausted. Just wanted to say thanks for the comments. Last pic. Is of viburnum tinus. Sciatica is a horrible condition. I've had it a couple of times and its excruciating. The onlY encouragement I can offer is it does go away in the end, and pelvic tilts are the only thing that helps me, although I did get so bad last time that I went for acupuncture. It did help a little...but not a miracle cure Sad to say. On the floor doing pelvic tilts every hour is the only thing that helped me. Hope you feel better soon Shirley. X

4 Dec, 2015

 

Ps blowing a gale here now. :(

4 Dec, 2015

 

Thanks all for your kind wishes - Codeine is helping and I do feel the pain is easing today.

Karen - I like your new avatar - you're looking slender! Stay safe and warm up there - the weather is looking bad for the weekend with you. :o(

5 Dec, 2015

 

Thats kind of you Shirley. I am feeling so much healthier. Still a long way to go to get into healthy BMI range, but I will get there in time...I'm not racing. Its blowing a gale here and raining still, and I hardly slept last night for the noise. At about 4am I woke to hear the wind literally racing over the fields towards us like a tornado. It was really frightening. Scott slept through it somehow. But amazingly no roof tiles off this time.

5 Dec, 2015

 

Steady but slow is the way, Karen! After a reprimand from my Diabetes Nurse in early October, I have reduced my waist by 2 inches and lost a little weight.

Scary stuff, this windy weather, so I do hope it abates for you sooner rather than later.

5 Dec, 2015

 

I've just settled down on the sofa with my duvet. Going to watch Strictly and hopefully nod off here. The wind should drop around 3am so no point going upstairs before then. Its battering against our bedroom extension.

5 Dec, 2015

 

Isn't it lovely to see so much colour in your garden still. I echo Resi's comment about sugared flowers. I'm pleased to hear that the new people in your old home are taking care of the garden. You made it so easy for them to look after it though and who wouldn't want it to look as good as it was when they moved in.

5 Dec, 2015

 

Thanks Homebird....that was why I felt so pleased, because that front garden was virtually maintenance free...and the passing of two years has proven it works. The man who bought our house works overseas so is hardly ever resident, and I know he's no gardener, so the garden has looked after itself beautifully. Pity I couldnt bring my Abies Koreana...it looks amazing now!

5 Dec, 2015

 

Shivery but oh so beautiful.

The last photo is my favourite of all.

6 Dec, 2015

 

Thank you Chris x

6 Dec, 2015

 

Hope you stay snug, Karen. I feel for the people in Cumbria and elsewhere who are forced out of their homes. Some of the pictures of the flooded towns are almost unbelievable.

6 Dec, 2015

 

They showed the floods on tv last night & some of the utter devastation. Seeing trees tumbling down hillsides, road being washed away, bridges collapsed - unbelievable!
New flood defences were breached & for some it was the 3rd time of having their home wrecked, 2009, 2005 & now 2015 .
They said it took 17 minutes from being dry to having 3ft of water rush in.
I can't even imagine how people cope with this, it was bad enough when our little river flooded my villiage & we lost the car.
My heart goes out to these poor people!

7 Dec, 2015

 

Yes, I was shocked when when I saw it on telly this morning. Poor Carlisle and Cockermouth....again. :(

7 Dec, 2015

 

They were saying last night that the new flood defences were hampering the draining off of the flood waters. They were keeping the water in and the fire service were having to pump it back into the river over the top of the flood defences. What an awful thing to happen especially just before Christmas.

8 Dec, 2015

 

How terrible - those poor people.

11 Dec, 2015

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