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What has this cold weather done for you?

bédébédé Posts: 3,012
For British Isle readers only. The weather is warmng up today and we may be able get out and assess.  So I have started a thread that could last until spring growth is confirmed, or not. 

Otherwise we may notice frost damage slowly as we return to our gardens. 
 location: Surrey Hills, England, ex-woodland acidic sand.
"Have nothing in your garden that you don't know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."


  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 1,576
    The snow has finished off my summer flowers, but the cherry tree was budding before it'd lost its leaves! 
    As we've got rain for the foreseeable, and just putting bird feed out turned my hands to ice, my 'assessment' today was, "can't wait to chop them all in Spring." 😁
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,102
    I don't think I'll be able to completely assess the (permanent) damage until well into spring when everything that's going to grow will have started to show signs of life. Things dying back sooner rather than later as they would in a milder winter isn't really damage to me, just seasonal variation.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Balgay.HillBalgay.Hill Posts: 1,082
    The winter has just started, so i don't think you can assess anything for a few months.
    Sunny Dundee
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,354
    I don't think the New Year's Day flower count will take very long this year

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • floraliesfloralies Posts: 2,586
    I do hope that those of us outside of the British Isles won't be excluded from that as well!  B)
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,609
    It's not just the winter, but the summer that preceded it.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,131
    Why British Isles only? What about those of us in France who have had similar weather?
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,354
    punkdoc said:
    It's not just the winter, but the summer that preceded it.
    True, this cold won't have damaged the sort of plants I grow, the flowers have gone but that's expected. I do expect some losses from the drought and heat. Waiting to see which of the apparent corpses were only comatose

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,004
    I'm hoping it's killed off some of the alien bugs that have been surviving the recent mild winters.👾👽 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,840
    I have cornus alba sibirica plants which suffered thru the heatwaves and drought this summer.   The recent, extended cold snap has turned some of those stems black so I'm assuming they were already stressed.  Never had black stems in my Belgian garden which was far colder for far longer.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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