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My garden looks all over as though it has been squashed and trampled all over by the heavy boots of a giant troll! Branches of bushes are almost prostrate against the ground. My hellebores which used to stand upright are simply flattened. And my hanging baskets which had nice perky violas in and were awaiting the spring for flowering, are now hanging over the edge of the basket looking droopy, bedraggled and stricken. Will it all recover come the thaw, and will everything stand back up again? Can I be fully hopeful? And how are all your gardens fairing from the heavy weight of it?



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Hi Jonathan, don't they look a sorry sight? mine are just the same, I am hoping they will pick up when the snow has gone if it ever does.Our snow was melting yesterday but today it is snowing heavy again. I say roll on spring Jonathan how about you.?

13 Jan, 2010

 

Take heart Jonathan mine are just like yours and its snowing again, more will recover than we dare hope.

13 Jan, 2010

 

Same here, I'm afraid - but there's supposed to be a thaw on the way - so our plants may well perk up - as we will, too! :-)))

13 Jan, 2010

 

Most will recover perfectly well - but bear in mind, heavy snow on evergreens should be knocked off because sometimes the added weight on the foliage will snap the branches. As for baskets and tubs, they should be fine UNLESS they've been frozen solid for more than a fortnight, which can sometimes mean the plants in them don't survive.

13 Jan, 2010

 

unless its really heavy and breaking the branches as Bamboo says I just leave mine I think its supposed to act as an insulator ( or maybe thats an old wives tale:-)

13 Jan, 2010

 

I'm feeling a bit worried about my baskets and troughs now Bamboo. Mine have indeed been frozen a very long time. My spring viola and pansy display is so important to me. I hope I won't have to replace them all to achieve it. Are violas and pansies likely to be available in the early to late winter from garden centres? Or will they be out of season?

13 Jan, 2010

 

Pam it may be an old wives tale but it is true, my strawberries seam to be ok and they are in baskets, Jonathan I think pansy's are in the G/S begining of april, by this time they will all have picked their heads up and this winter will only be a conversation pice, so chear up every one ,all the plants the winter of 47 survived and this is nothing conpaired with that winter, the oud feller has spoken lol

13 Jan, 2010

 

ah but back in '47 many plants were not available that are today. but many plants that are hardy will indeed survive.

13 Jan, 2010

 

I wouldn't worry too much, Jonathan - it's unlikely they've been frozen solid, right through all the compost. The last time that happened in London was during a snowless February a few years ago when the temperature never went above -2deg. C any day, and dropped to -12C one night, more usually -6 every night - that's pretty rare, and certainly not what we've had this time round - and the snow does help to insulate, like a blanket.

13 Jan, 2010

 

Ah, hopefully like you say it is just the top bit frozen and is OK underneath.

13 Jan, 2010

 

snowdrops are well known for having their own antyfreze, I feal that other plants have some of those trates.

13 Jan, 2010

 

They do, Cliffo - hardy plants that keep their leaves increase levels of various salts and reduce other things in their tissues to survive the winter. Ain't nature grand...

13 Jan, 2010

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