We know that winter is cold and should be cold. A warm winter is not a good sign and in recent years winters have been warmer and wetter. Every now and again a cold winter happens, a really cold winter and I think this winter so far as been colder here in the mild middle of the UK than any since 2010.
I have mentioned this to other gardeners and when you mention the winter of 2010 most will have a tale of some beloved plant that they have lost. The winter of 2010 is referred to in hushed tones, particularly by gardeners who grow tree ferns or other exotic looking plants that need a bit more love than your average plant. I have mentioned previously that my beloved tree fern did not make it through that winter. Now you can all tut and say 'it serves me right for wanting to grow tree ferns, but we all have our achilles heels when it comes to plants that we want to grow don't we?I thought you had five!! There was a small purchase last year, just a little one - there is no room for any more and definitely no more budget, let's not get stuck in the detail. If Newby makes it through the winter I will make a proper introduction - promise.