By Libby Reeves
The weather seems to have taken a turn for the better as I sit in beautiful sunshine, not wearing a coat for the first time this year, with a smile on my face. The daffodils are popping, the snowdrops are in full bloom, the early flowering trees are budding up ready to flower and it feels like spring is here. But only a couple of weeks back it felt so very different. The ground would not thaw, the wind whipped across the nursery and my fingers burnt with frost.
There are gardens that are more affected by cold than others. Exposed gardens at the top of hills or that look out onto open fields can have problems as the wind whipping in can lower the temperature dramatically and remove the moisture in the air. Frost pockets are formed in lower sections of the garden where cold air will travel downhill and sit, causing that part of the garden to be particularly cold. North facing areas that have no direct sunlight never have the sun’s rays to warm them, and east facing areas get sunshine in the morning often when there is frost on the leaves and on the early flowers which can cause burning of the tender parts of the plant.