“Winter 2018/19” by Carol Hudson
Winter can be a sad time of year, when the weather plays cruel tricks on us and our gardens. In some ways it seems strange that the main problems feature around the fact that it is not cold enough. I hear from a farming friend that this is a serious problem for arable crops, with too many pests overwintering. So this is likely to affect our gardens also.
There are many microclimates around Bovey, and so my garden has had almost no frost and one brief snowfall. However this garden is on a steep slope, so that the seemingly endless rainfall, means that it is trying to run away, downhill. The supposed “lawn” is becoming more lumpy and uneven with each winter.
It generally seems sheltered, yet another tree has been blown down, which is always sad. However the trees do look beautiful when the sun shines!
Winter is the time for most gardeners to plan for the coming summer, start seeds and so forth. Sadly I am no longer fit enough to do much of this, so I hope that other Club members are making better progress.