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I've spent most of today digging a pathway for our cars out of our hilly close we live in. No power in our village for most of the day. Most of my plants have been flattened by the weight of the snow, the worst being a lantern tree Crinodendron hookerianum which split the main trunk. Some of my roof covers capsized under the weight of the snow particularly when placed on an incline. I'd guess that we had 8 inches of lying snow.
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Some cold nights ahead on this snowfield now :(

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Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:58 pm
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Similar scenes here Andy the next few nights are my concern not so much the snow today


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Frost and snow not arrived here and not forecast yet.

As usual the wind does more damage.

Here is the [disputed name] Dahlia last week [even with a few flowers!].


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And today.


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Every year is 'odd' in its own way, but here we have yet to start winter and yet I have 'main crop' snowdrops already.



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My commiserations to those of you in England. Please don't send your current weather down to the South West!

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-8.5 this morning and it rose to -2.5 this afternoon.

Went out for tea and it had dropped to -7 and when we came home it was -8.

Brrr!


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Wow Adam not complaining down here


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-9 this morning.


Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:56 am
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Our forecast low was -4c we actually had -0.2c thankfully the drive to work was not hazardous after all.


Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:21 am
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As Chad says no frost or snow yet here either but its far from pleasant, strong cold cutting winds icy showers.
Things still look good with wall shelter but who cares I have the lurgey and have intention of going outside to appreciate them

Fuchsia paniculata yesterday
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It's only just dipped below freezing a couple of times here so far, and everything seems fine except the Iochroma whose leaves go black and shrivel up at the slightest frost (I'm probably pushing my luck with it, but it came back from the dead last year). Tonight though, -2C is forecast here in South London, with lows of -12C in rural areas!


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The Cyatheas are wrapped up and I've draped fleece over anything else that's delicate, other than the bougainvillea, Musa 'Orinoco' and Heliconia schiediana which get to spend the night inside the house...


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JonathanG wrote:
...Iochroma whose leaves go black and shrivel up at the slightest frost (I'm probably pushing my luck with it, but it came back from the dead last year). Tonight though, -2C is forecast here in South London, with lows of -12C in rural areas!...



I've found Iochroma australe to be long-term hardy in London. They go deciduous before it even freezes, but they always come back. I've had a white one going for about 8-9 years, first in the ground and then on the "green roof", and I have a blue one in a pot, about 2 years old, waiting for it to get big enough to plant out. I suppose I ought to bring the pot indoors...

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Thanks for that Jonathan that 2 of the 12c is right over our house :o

Just been outside and thrown the last of our old duvets over some more plants hopefully this will suffice for the coldest night of the year.


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Fingers in ears, singing la la la la la....


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Love it John is that your place.

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Keith THIS is one site I look at it looks scary for me tonight


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David Matzdorf wrote:
JonathanG wrote:
...Iochroma whose leaves go black and shrivel up at the slightest frost (I'm probably pushing my luck with it, but it came back from the dead last year). Tonight though, -2C is forecast here in South London, with lows of -12C in rural areas!...



I've found Iochroma australe to be long-term hardy in London. They go deciduous before it even freezes, but they always come back. I've had a white one going for about 8-9 years, first in the ground and then on the "green roof", and I have a blue one in a pot, about 2 years old, waiting for it to get big enough to plant out. I suppose I ought to bring the pot indoors...

Hardy here in the Cotswolds. Even 2 year old plants in pots take -6°c. The only drawback is that they are later into bloom than somewhere milder or one that is pampered.

Talking of pampering I've just pressed the old mans greenhouse into service as mine is full. Here's what I've just dropped off.................
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There are plants under those several layers of fleece and bubble wrap.
Kennedia nigricans which was out all last winter but I don't fancy risking it through this much cold............
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And even my woodworking shed is full now!
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-3.5°c here now :shock:


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Yes Kev, that's the meadow here. If we get any snow it's going to flatten the daffs. Too cold to work out there this afternoon - I was supposed to be planting Hedychium but I think the moment has passed.

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Keith THIS is one site I look at it looks scary for me tonight

Sorry, I missed this first time around - thanks!
That site was a bit optimistic for me and the Beeb a bit pessimistic. I saw -6°c last night. At 6am I checked the water tubs that I place in with the plants in the various shelters and all were just water with no ice crystals whilst the water butts outdoors have about 4cm of ice now :shock:


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