The first few days of March have been the coldest first days of March on record and as the ‘Beast from the East’ swept across the country from east to west blowing in sub-zero temperatures it met up with ‘Storm Emma’ moving northwards from Europe and covered the whole of the South West of England in a blanket of snow.
We covered our most tender plants such as Rudbeckia which were just emerging from their winter sleep with fleece and also covered our cold frame full of plants carefully nursed through the winter months with fleece and hoped for the best. Thankfully all survived, the cold snap was short lived here in the south west and the temperature is rising once again and the snow is thawing, the sun is shining as I write.
The Cosmos seeds planted just over a week ago have been nice and cosy on the window sills by day and under the radiators at night and are germinating already. All but two of the orange varieties ‘Polidor’ and ‘Brightness Mixed’ have come through.
The Sweet Pea seedlings are all really healthy and strong and will need to be planted out in the next few weeks when hopefully it will be a bit warmer than it is now.