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A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary

This entry: 10 January 2009 by diane clement

Midland Diary No 3 Cold weather and strategies

Frosty

Its been a very cold week in Wolverhampton.  The lowest temperature has been around -9C and by day the temperature has been rarely above 2C.  A few frosty mornings led to some pretty effects in the garden

Frosty

Strategies employed by plants

I observed some of the plants in the garden and wondered about the different strategies for survival shown by a variety of plants

Strategies

Snow

Then there was a fall of snow earlier in the week which did not melt for several days due to the low daytime temperatures and lack of sun

Snow

Strategies employed by me

I was not sure how low the temperatures were likely to go and so I used a layer of fleece on some of my plants.  This aluminium frame can get very cold.

I have several electronic max/min thermometers which have two sensors. 

This one is facing down so it records the correct shade temperature and not the sun temperature (if we had any!)

It has recorded the temperature under the fleece and also in the air above to show the effect of the fleece

An early hepatica

Sorry, there are not many flowers this week.  I hope for more next week if the weather warms up a little.  But just to finish, one that didn’t seem to mind the weather, Hepatica nobilis var pyrenaica, one of my favourite hepaticas with the combination of marbled leaves and palest pink flowers.  The first photo I took didn’t turn out very well, but I thought it was interesting to show what can go wrong.  In the first picture, the camera was on automatic focus and decided to focus on the leaf in the background.  In the second, I used manual focus to focus on the flower

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