Its Garden Bloggers Bloom day again and I was sure I wouldn’t find anything in bloom in the garden today. I live in zone 8 where we rarely get a hard frost but this year has been a surprise. I am okay with temperatures getting to just below freezing but we didn’t expect to drop to -7 last night. It could drop even more tonight so there I was outside bringing more plants into the greenhouse. More about that later in this post. Lets take a look at what was in bloom today under the snow.
The heathers are still covered in snow but it seems to be melting away. I love that its pink flowers are still in fine form.
Near the front door this white flowering heather will be happy to shed its blanket of snow. I can alway rely on heathers in the garden.
I was on a mission this morning to bring in a few more containers before it gets any colder. I know I should have done this last month but this deep bone chilling cold is not the norm here. The greenhouse is a cold greenhouse as I use a small electric heater to keep things above freezing. Today the temperature read 0C inside and it was -7C outside. I am not sure my tender succulents will make it but I have covered most of the plants with a floating row cover or bubble wrap for extra warmth. So far it’s looking good.
A few weeks back I hauled flats of rooted cuttings into the greenhouse. Since they were newly planted I didn’t want to lose them to the cold outside. As you can see they are doing fine. I had eight flats to bring in so the greenhouse is getting full. The rush to bring plants in means it’s a bit of a mess in the greenhouse but they will go outside as soon as it warms up a bit.
Today I rescued the Camellia sinensis from its perch by the garden shed. It was undercover but I think it needs a warmer place to rest in the greenhouse. This is the Camellia that you can harvest new leaves for tea. It finally flowered this fall so lets hope it survives the winter.
That’s about it for this month, not much in bloom but at least plants are alive still. Pop over to May Dreams Gardens to see what bloggers all over the world have in bloom today.