This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Friday, 26 November 2010

Frosty visits again...

It's cold outside! 2C (35F); Northern Ireland is forecast for light snow over the weekend. We've had several frosts this week. Bbbrrrrr!

The roses have just about given up blooming. I've noticed the 'professionals' cutting back the roses in Belfast Bontanic Gardens over the past couple of weeks reminding me that I need to cut my roses to about knee level before mid-December.
Frosted Snapdragon (Antirrhinum) - this half hardy annual has been faced with several hard frosts and although its not flowering much it hasn't started to die off yet so I've let it be (for now). I grew these from seed and I find them hard to part with!

 Frosted Sedum Autumn Joy - I have this clustered all around the garden.It didn't seem to flower too well this year. In the past it has been very reliable, easy to care for and has given a great Autumn show of colour.
Icy sweetpea - I'm not a big fan of growing sweetpea... this one is growing in a containter beside the house so it's still blooming. If only my sweetpea didn't always grow into a tangled mess. Variety: Sweet Pea Old Spice Mixed (grandiflora). 

Above Left: Frosted Nasturium Dayglow photographed in Oct.
Above Right: Soon after the first hard frost the Nasturtiums gave up. I was sorry to see them go.

Happy Gardening!


  1. They all look edible with their frosting. Thanks for sharing.

  2. thove the pics of the frozen flowers

  3. amazing shots! the rose looks gorgeous and so does the sedum

  4. Burrrrr! Your pretty flowers look nice in their icy coats, but I know you will hate to see them go! Staying indoors and decorating for Christmas should keep you warm!

  5. Some of these shots remind me of a different type of "shot" -- the Tequila shots / Margaritas, in glasses with salted rims!