Monthly Archives: October 2018

Brrrrrr it’s chilly out there!

So today is the first time the bird bath has frozen completely this winter, however, the pond is ok as it is situated lower than the bird bath.  I still wouldn’t like to be a little bird bathing in the pond today though.  As much as I detest being cold, I do love the patters that the frost makes on the different leaves. Hairy leaved plants pick up the frost sparkles on the tiny hairs, whereas the smoother leaves have frosted edges.  Others can have frosty highlights on prominent veins.  As a kid growing up without central heating and no double glazing, I adored the frost patterns on the inside of the windows in winter.  This morning I braved the cold to get a few snaps of some frosty leaves.  My hands were shaking a bit so they are a little out of focus.

Frozen bird bath
Frosty clematis Pixie
Frosty acer palmatum Garnet
Frosty hairy leaved thyme
Frosty tierella

Out with the old…

and in with the new.  Yes I know it is a bit early for all that but I have noticed that the older branches of my Viburnum x Bodnantense ‘Dawn’ are getting rather gnarly even though they are still flowering well.  The nice young branches have fewer flowers but are lovely and sleek.  The perfume from the flowers is wonderful, and the colour change in the foliage is going from green to dull purple/claret right now.  It is situated in the raised bed and one side get more sunshine than the other and it is quite obvious which side is which.  The sunny side has more flowers and the colour change is more obvious on that side too.  I am going to have to remove some of the older trunks and branches to rejuvenate it.  We did start doing this last year but need to take out more next year once it has stopped flowering.  The Rowan, Sorbus hupehensis ‘Pink pagoda’, foliage is changing to red and has pink berries on it, and the Acer palmatum disectum ‘Garnet’ is turning bright red.  However my Acer Shirasawanum Auereum has gone from lovely bright green edged in pink to crinkly, brown, not very pretty right now.

Viburnum new growth
plants, flowers,
Viburnum old branch
Sorbus hupehensis ‘Pink pagoda’
Acer palmatum disectum ‘Garnet’