What a difference a year makes

Frost on Russian kale

Frost on Russian kale

One of my most repeated mantras is that you should always garden by the weather and not the calendar. And how the years vary. This autumn has been very mild and we have still not had a frost although we had some cool nights with temperatures down to 2c at the weekend. But looking back at last year’s photos we were already well into winter on this day.

Persicaria campanulata feeling the cold

Persicaria campanulata feeling the cold

We woke to everything covered in white frost. It is just as well because I seem so far behind this year with bulbs still to plant and the wallflowers are still not in their flowering places. I have been lucky so far – I had better get a move on though, winter can’t be far away.

Iced bolted lettuce

Iced bolted lettuce

And as if to show the difference, here are some primulas at Mount Usher last Saturday, flowering six months early!

primula nov copy1


Well what a difference a day makes too! I wrote this on Sunday night in preparation and guess what – we had our first frost Sunday night – and it was a stinker too! Talk about counting chickens…


Macro Monday Nov 22 answer

trop phoenix oct2

Well done if you knew it was a nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus). I posted about this one a while ago and it is ‘Phoenix’. I was a bit rude about it because not all the plants had the required frilly petals but I have to say that the plants, though bigger than expected, were very showy.

trop phoenix oct





5 Comments on “What a difference a year makes”

  1. derrickjknight
    November 24, 2015 at 7:11 am #

    Great photos and sensible mantra

  2. Jackie Stockley
    November 24, 2015 at 7:52 am #

    Lovely pics. I never get everything done before the first frost,never. I suspect that there would not be enough days in the year to do all we would like to do. Good job that winter does eventually come.

  3. digwithdorris
    November 24, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    Murphy’s law?

  4. Noelle
    November 24, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

    Because of the late autumn, I too have been caught out and have not planned my planting for early spring flowering…I am just going to skip it, and if I find nice flowering bulbs for sale, will buy and pop them in gaps. After all the garden is so full, I would probably be planting bulbs on top of bulbs!

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