Monday, December 19, 2016

Cheering Up My Monday #3

It's another Monday, and time to begin another week. In the garden, the temperature has moved wildly. This morning it's a very mild 8 celsius here in Abbeyside at 8am, and likely to hit 10C later. As against that, it dipped to minus 2 overnight on Friday.

These low temperatures are tough for plants. Most are able for the drop, and some actually revel in such conditions. I was out with the camera on Saturday to catch the cold.

Phlox subulata 'McDaniel's Cushion'

Wallflower

Osteospermum jucundum 'Blackthorn Seedling'   


This last one, known also as African Daisy, is staying wrapped up. We may think that plants don't have any sense. This may make us think again! Why would we go outside when we can wrap up in a warm jacket? It's the same with this little guy. The petals will remain tightly gathered to protect the core.

Note: O. jucundum is a perennial with aromatic grey-green leaves and daisy-like, white flowers, flushed purple with darker purple eyes in summer and autumn. I'm putting it on my list of favourite plants. Further info here (on my virtual welly footprint)

That's it for this week. Next Monday is St. Stephen's Day. Of course, I'll be waiting with excitement for a white Christmas, but not sure that these fellas will!

Happy gardening,

Páraig

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