How to protect your plants in the snow and frosts
Today it’s white outside, yesterday was -5.5 in Oxfordshire at 6am. I took some pictures of lavenders with crystals on their branches.
Frosts can harm plants and the more Mediterranean plants are not terribly keen on frosts but they do survive, although you may loose some. If you’re particularly worried cover them with horticultural fleece this can be found in most nurseries. There are also pull over jackets that you can use on your Olive Trees and Bay Trees.
The biggest problem with frosts is plants in pots as these plants roots are above ground and will also be freezing, they are not able to snuggle their toes into the earth and carry on snoozing until the warmer weather. So wrap up your pots, bubble wrap and hessian are a great way to add a little protection to you plants roots.
So today we have the added interest of snow. Whilst the first flush of snow is beautiful you may notice your evergreen trees and shrubs and bowing with the weight of the plants. As the branches will be frozen and brittle give them a hand and remove some of the snow. Simply wrap up warm and go out with a broom and just gently shake off the snow. The plants will leap back into shape unburdened from the snow and you wont get any disappointing snaps from a beloved shrub or tree.