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Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,065
I'm not entirely sure whether it's a response to the 'Beasts' recent visit , or just excessive moisture in the soil , but my perennial border is more advanced and 'healthy' looking than in many a previous year .
Emerging shoots look glossy and larger than usual ; maybe a good chilling does certain plants good ! Hope they keep that way .


  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653
    A few have really thrived with it, others are still sulking, particularly the late summer flowerers. 
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Too early for me to tell
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,052
    Did you have snow? Different climate to yours I appreciate, but after a 20cm snowfall all my plants suddenly burst into life. Shrubby salvias, geraniums, echinaceas, verbena bonariensis, gaura, perovskia, roses, berberis etc., all shot up and are looking very green and healthy.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Nothing at all yet from geraniums, salvias, verbena, fuchsias  or geum. Roses are thinking about it. Yes, I had quite thick snow for a few weeks.
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 7,891
    edited April 2018
    We live in the driest part of the UK and my garden is thriving with all the snow & rain we’ve had recently. This time last year it was unseasonably hot and dry and spring came & went really quickly. Buxus and other shrubs put on lots of leafy growth which was then nipped quite severely by frost and I had to start regular watering of new plantings much earlier than normal.

    This year new growth is later but is green and lush & spring colour is lingering. There has been some damage from the bitingly cold winds - but nothing some judicious pruning won’t sort out. And I’m hoping a few nasty bugs will have been killed off.

    Personally, I’ve welcomed a return to a ‘proper’ winter.😊
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,065
    Apart from my boiler freezing in the first 'Beast' and slight damage to some evergreens , I think I'd probably second that !
    Bulbs this year look 'brighter' (Or is that the Vodka)?? ; seriously though , plants from continental climes look particularly vibrant .
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