We were ready for it – frost, snow and extreme chills. It seems that whilst parts of the country had woken up to a blanket of snow, Bristol remained untouched. It was a little colder today for sure, but I must say it was really rather pleasant and there were beautiful blue skys mid-morning.
One of the joys of gardening is certainly that we develop a more intimate relationship with nature’s forces. In years gone by on wintary days I would just shut the door, turn on the heating, get out the extra quilts and hide indoors moaning ‘brrr’. Today I have spent my time excited about the weathering effect on my soil of this cold snap, but also worrying about the currant bushes we planted on Monday.
In recent years I have also become rather an expert on wearing multiple layers of clothing, a long forgotton wisdom that the young ‘uns of today seem to have lost. I do have to laugh when I see them shivering along the street in their jeans and t-shirts in this weather!
Many plants may go to sleep for the winter, but gardners certainly can’t – too much to do! This is the perfect weather to be purusing seed catalogues, planning beds or even give your tools a quick bit of maintance…