Welcome to this weeks blog. This weeks blog is going to be mostly about the beast from the east as it is unavoidable. I have lived in North Northumberland for 46 years and I have never known drifting snow like this. The Cheviots have always had there share but it only usually lasts for a few days for us lowlanders near the coast (although 2009 and 2010 it lasted for month but that was snow drifts and it was colder). My garden has got a 12ft high easterly facing privet hedge but whilst this has sheltered it from the cold wind to some extent there has been a good dumping of snow. I may have had a welcomed visitor to the garden and had a Redwing but it had gone by the time I got my binoculars to confirm it. There has been several sightings of Redwings and Field Fares in berwick gardens this week and even a Green Parakeet, it must have wanted a winter holiday from it’s usual haunts darn sarf!
Here is my six
1 New Sedums
Ordered some half hardy Sedums from surrealsucclents.co.uk in Cornmwall and to say I was delighted with the quality of these would be an understatement. I will be keeping these in the garden during summer in some terrecotta pots but at the moment I have potted them up and put them on a southerly facing window sill. I have bought Sedum “Crocodile”, Sedum Clavatum, Sedum cauticolum (coca cola) and Sedum Palmeri.
2. Front Beds
Some where below there are 2 flower beds at the front of my parking area. Under neath the drifts is a wild flower area, a 15 year old Hebe and a nice conifer, Hopefully I might see them again at some point this year.
3. Alpine pots and troughs
Before and after. the one part of the garden I am not worried about. The alpines will be loving this. These photo’s show how bonkers and changeable the British weather can be. Looking forward to a good display from these this year.
4. Hanging baskets have taken a battering
As I said last week I had planted up a couple of hanging baskets but these have taken a bit of a pummeling. However the primroses are still full of buds so why the leaves will look bedraggled i am sure they will still continue to produce blooms.
4. Perennial\Dahlia bed
Covered! Peeping it’s head above the snow beside the forks is a Hyderanga I bought last year. I am going to remove the snow soon and see how bad it has affected the buds….been putting it off for days.
5. Extension to the “mini” gravel garden
Last year I made a mini gravel garden to the left of the washing line post. I have ordered yet more Sedums from an Nursery in Brittany so I have extended the rockery to the left of the post….honest.
6. Big Shed
I bought a shed last year that for the size of the garden was a tad to big. One of my big projects this year is to turn the shed 90 degrees with the back facing the privet hedge on the left. There is a tall fence behind there shed and I will be building beds and planting a lot of climbers. I am planing on planting a few Pyracantha to attract more birds during the Autumn and winter next year.
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These are my six on Saturday thanks for reading.