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Potty Gardening at 0 degrees!

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Oh yes, I know I’m potty – I’ve told you that already!

Now – where was I? Ah yes. Clearing the ox-eye daisies, brambles and honeysuckle! Then I ran out of light.

Well, no snow here, just a light frost which didn’t lift all day – so I got well-wrapped up and got on with the site clearance!

Boy! It was c-c-c-old out there – but I did it!

So with the area cleared, I ‘walked’ the pot into position – I love it! I have to talk nicely to my husband to get him to calculate the amount of ericacious compost needed to fill it, and then I shall go off on a ‘mission’ to find some white ericas to plant!

The temperatures stayed at zero all day today – so I knew I’d have to protect my vulnerable plants – out with the fleece and clothes pegs!

I’d made the decision to fleece my beautiful new Pittosporum ‘Silver Magic’ – so Henry watched with interest as it vanished under a white cover. Last year he barked at the strange ‘ghost-like’ mounds. Whether he remembered them, I really don’t know – but he kept quiet this time!

The other plants that I fleeced were my Astelia banksii,

Lophomyrtus ralphii,

And the two Loropetalum chinense.

So they’re all tucked up – and I hope they’ll survive the minus temperatures that are forecast!

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That looks a lovely spot for a pot, my Pittosporum is weighted down with snow but as it has been before several times I think it will be ok.

18 Dec, 2009

 

I'm sure they'll be snug as bugs in rugs! :-)

18 Dec, 2009

 

another good day out in the fresh air. lucky you. That pot looks good enough without any plants in it :o)

we have had about 4 inches of snow this afternoon and it was minus 3 on the way home. frrreeezing. lots of black ice too :o(

Remembered too late about my saxifrage black ruby. covered in snow so moved in to the greenhouse. do you think they will survive?

18 Dec, 2009

 

im sure your plants will be snug in their fleeces barbara, that pot is lovely,, is that someone in the background in second pic? looks like someone unless its my eyes lol

18 Dec, 2009

 

You poor things! You know I hate snow - but plants seem to be OK under that white blanket, don't they - it's prolonged frost (or cold and wet) that kills them!

No Sandra - you might be looking at next door's gate, possibly? Nobody else was 'potty' enough to be outside today! LOL.

18 Dec, 2009

 

Love the pot - you did well with clearing it Spritz - by the way I can see a figure to - black top, and what looks like grey legs...spooky!

18 Dec, 2009

 

lol its probably the way it looks like someone in a black jacket and jeans haha

18 Dec, 2009

 

busylizzy we posted that at same time,, very spooky

18 Dec, 2009

 

It totally looks like a figure doesn't it!

18 Dec, 2009

 

Ah-ha! I took another look - you're right - it's our neighbour's daughter! How dare she hi-jack my photo! Grrrrr.....

18 Dec, 2009

 

yes it does busy... i keep looking and its a person,, how strange , cant find the spy glass to double check lol

18 Dec, 2009

 

lol hahaha im so glad you see her barbara i thought i could see a ghost then

18 Dec, 2009

 

LOL - thank goodness for that!

18 Dec, 2009

 

How fun I know you will enjoy this new addition to your yard it is beautiful cant wait to see the new plants enjoy your holiday.

18 Dec, 2009

 

Thanks, Lujean! :-)) You too....

18 Dec, 2009

 

I love your pot Spritz,

You have inspired me to ask hubby for one or at least a voucher from a local garden centre so that I can find a new pot too. I want something large and frost proof.

As in Somerset, its cold here in Cardiff, but we're not expecting snow.

I too had a good couple of hours in the garden recently - I cannot stand looking at weeds all through the winter.

I can recommend clematis Wisley as a late summer flowering one - deep purple.

18 Dec, 2009

 

That was my brief, too, R'smum - 'large and frostproof' - to which I added...'unusual'. :-)))

I do like getting in the garden if and when I can, all year round. I shall take a look and see if there's any space for clematis.....

18 Dec, 2009

 

Very nice Barbara...I like your pot in it's new home..cannot wait to see it full and producing later in the new year...I was beginning to think your neighbor had one of the most strangest gates I had ever seen..lol

19 Dec, 2009

 

I hope your plants survive. I hope it gets milder very soon :o(((

19 Dec, 2009

 

Oh Hywel - so do I!

Cat - nor can I!!!! :-)))

19 Dec, 2009

 

your pot looks nice in its new hom,e.....to cold for me to garden..lol

19 Dec, 2009

 

Love your pot Barbara and as for fleecing i went yesterday in my little greenhouse and put some extra protection on some of my baby plants i did at back end, greenhouse bubble wrapped but baby plants have got fleece over them and yesterday i put some newspaper over them aswell, so should be all nice and warm.

19 Dec, 2009

 

That should be fine then, Carol. :-)

Thanks Holly - it is a bit chilly out there - but good for me (I think!)

19 Dec, 2009

 

I use an old skate board of the bairns to help me move my pots.Looking forward to seeing your pot in full flower.

19 Dec, 2009

 

Not long now, Mavis - I'm just starting a blog! :-)))

19 Dec, 2009

 

My word,you HAVE been working hard Spritz ! Off to see your next blog now !Lol

19 Dec, 2009

 

Bye! LOL.

19 Dec, 2009

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