Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – December 2012
The finale for the year… there was much more in bloom this time last year, oh well. Hopefully we’ll see more blooms arriving soon; I spotted my first Hellebore buds appearing over the weekend – ‘Nigra’ will be the first to bloom, no sign of buds on the others.
Instead of blooms, we’ll cheat a little and use frost instead. Early last week saw rather cold temperatures across the UK (and Europe), strangely enough though, by far the worst day was the Friday even though the frost had gone.
I woke up, peeped out of the window and was pleased to see no more frost…
Pete said goodbye and set off to work. I heard the door go again and assumed he’d forgotten something. A few minutes later I had a text from him telling me to watch for ice.
Apparently, everywhere was black ice. I messaged my senior to say I’d go in later, because of the ice. She phoned me, and as we were chatting Pete came home again; it didn’t make it more than a few doors down because it was everywhere.
I decided to wait for it to melt as we were due a much warmer day of around 8C so it had to melt at some point. I eventually got into work at around 10:15, after using my ice grips to get to the car and giving Pete a lift into work.
The city centre and north of the city was much warmer at 3C so no ice problems at all; typical.
So, yes. That was fun… Especially as I’ll have to make up the hours later… Yeah, cheers for that. What happened to extenuating circumstances??!!
Ah, moving onto the plants…
Frost is the main theme, as it brings with it its own beauty, but there are also the odd blooms too.
The garden remained frozen for a few days… This is why once fog/drizzle arrived it turned to ice once it hit the frozen ground.
Sedum always looks glorious with ice on its blooms; if you only need one reason to have some in your garden, let this be it.