A real cold spell for the garden this week, with temperatures down to -6 at night, and not rising much above freezing during the day.

Still, very little snow for us here, so that’s something. The South East seems to have taken the brunt of the bad weather.

Not so cold, in the grand scheme of things, but colder than in recent years – certainly cold enough to warrant some protection for less hardy plants.

The cordylines are tied vertically into ponytails, and the tree fern, musa basjoo and young trachycarpus are all wrapped in fleece.

Cannas and ensete are tucked away in the car port, as they have been all winter. They should be fine.

I’m glad I didn’t take a risk and plant out the melianthus.

I wonder what will survive?

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