Those were pretty hard frosts. Anything that isn’t hardy has slumped, most noticeably the drifts of nasturtiums. And the oca. Last year it went down in stages, with the ‘killing frost’ around 7th December. This year it all came at once. After months as pillowy heaps of lemony leaves, it’s now just sad ribs and frost-blackened bits.
I had thought that the greenhouse would offer some protection, but this must have been pretty minimal. According to my (erratic) min/max thermometer temperatures in there got down to -4C on the weekend. Even allowing for its tendency to exaggerate, I’m sure it was pretty cold. There are 2-3 brave sprigs still alive but the rest is defeated.
So now I have a 2-ish week wait as the tubers take in anything the plants have left and grow a bit bigger. Fingers crossed the local voles don’t sniff them out before I lift them.
Categories: Diary 2015