While I was off spending time with family and making marmalade, dramatic things were happening in my garden.
The temperatures had been falling all week and it was getting really cold. It had been so mild for so long that the thought of a frost didn’t really enter my head as a possibility except as a vague risk that would destroy my peppers and make for a pretty photo opportunity – yet I didn’t see it actually coming.
I have no idea why this perfectly natural seasonal event would come along and completely blindside me. I must have been either naive or crazy to think it wouldn’t happen. But it did, and while we were away.
It almost seems like those hot muggy summers day when you just need the rain to come and break the humidity somehow and make the weather bearable again, although this was the opposite… it was getting colder and colder and then the frost seems to have cleared the air and the temperatures are climbing again. The boffins say they will be back in double figures soon and will be well above normal winter averages. They also advised us not to expect the next frost until mid-July!
So instead of beautiful pictures of ice crystals clinging to the edges of all my plants all I can offer is pictures of mushy, manky plants that have frozen and defrosted and have clearly been through a period of suffering. As the gardener and the one responsible for the health and well-being of my plants I do feel like I have let them down.
Come again soon – there is always a bright side and if it’s supposed to be warm and sunny, I can get loads of gardening done!
Sarah the Gardener : o )