After having a little check around the garden I spotted the Painted Lady Fern looking less than spritely after the snow/sleet… I hope it manages to bounce back as most of its new fronds are pretty much black and dead. The other nearby seems to have survived just fine though – perhaps this one was protected by the Thurstonianum Geranium though. As far as I can see this was the only real casualty.
Here’s one reason I’ve left much of the dead growth on plants in the borders… They look so pretty not only with frost and snow on them, but also backlit by the sun:
And here’s a photo from January to compare:
I have managed to pick up some sort of strange cold; amazing isn’t it after just 4 days working in the city centre again I get a cold! I knew it’d happen :(
So far it seems generally ok and my nose isn’t streaming as usually happens to me but I’m still taking it easy and staying indoors in the hope I’ll be ok for Easter day.
To cheer myself up here’s some photos of a Ladybird I found scampering around the Stellata… Cleaning its wings and then running around… I did attempt some videos but they’re not the easiest things to keep in focus as they race around!
Yesterday I also ordered myself David Austin ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ which I plan to use as a small climber to go on the fence and then I’ll also plant a couple of Clematis’ to ramble through Gertrude such as ‘Princess Diana’ and ‘Aromatica’ :) Looking forward to it arriving! Do I have to do anything differently with it as a climber?