We’ve had frosts, sleet, and snow, which did not settle.  Daily temperatures are still in single figures, at night it feels the numbers are very low.  Though it is very light till late, it feels cold enough to draw the curtains to insulate us from the chill outside.

I checked my five ‘baby’  Weigela bushes, which I planted last year. Their leaves vary in colour, two are light and dark variegated greens.  I also planted two dark purple leaved varieties. The plants burst into life and sprouted leaves during the short-lived. false spring we had early April.  Since the temperatures dropped, four of the Weigela’s furled up their leaves and appeared to be trying to protectively wrap them round their main branches.  Like the Euphorbia,  they were looking quite sorry for themselves.  The light green variegated leaf Weigela, which I thought may be a tender offspring, seems to have survived the cold snap quite well.  You never can tell, can you.

On a recent visit to Edinburgh’s lovely Botanical Gardens, I took a guided walk to learn something about plants and the garden’s  highlights. It turned out to be a group of one plus the guide, a retired botanist; lucky me! Amongst other things, I was introduced to three plants I have. My Begenia is not yet flowering, theirs is.  I planted it where the Livingstone daises are  by the tree trunk. This picture is pre-Begenia. There was a great big green leathery elephant ear leaf, (my description, it’s real name I cannot recall) which I hope will reappear. It is in the blue pot  in the picture.


And last, a bronze Fennel; I was told it was an aggressive growing plant. I’ve had mine two years, it grew upwards to about 4.5ft last year and was  spectacular to look at.  I can think of other plants- like the one behind it – I wish I had never planted, however, my bronze fennel is not one of them. It is staying.  A local visiting cat nuzzles up to it, I do believe the cat likes the aroma: why not, I do!



8 thoughts on “SPEAKING OF PLANTS…

    • Hello gill,

      The Fennel is very subtle, yet outstanding.It appears to be a good all-weather plant. It would be easy enough to control, I think, if it did take over too much of a small space. It all dies back in the winter, the thick green stalks become brittle and are easy to pick up.

      How did daughter fare in her 6 months?

      • Reminder synopsis:-

        Daughter had 6 months somewhere, during which time, you almost moved lock stock and barrel to provide excellent child care to support her in whatever it was she was doing.

  1. I’m sure that your weigelas will revive over the coming months. It’s been cold here with temperatures barely reaching double figures and almost down to zero at night but thankfully no sleet or snow. I grow fennel on the plot, which with it’s aniseed scent is one plant even I can smell. xx

    • Thanks for your reassurance about my plants reviving, Mr F. I chose to plant the Weigelas because they seemed to the only real option for the location with its tough exposure experience for any plant. The aniseed smell of fennel is a joy. I use some of the feathery leaves to decorate salad leaf mixes. xx

  2. Oh…poor Weigelas and Euphorbia, I’m doing the same thing trying to keep warm. But still, wamrer days are predicted for us all! Fabulous fennel, I’m with that cat!xxx

    • I am told, Snowbird, that the Euphorbia will be okay by the originator of my plant. The original plant, many years old, has not been very perky either. On inspection yesterday, (today’s not much to write home about) four of the Weigelas were working hard at restoring themselves and the one that seemed brightest, has all its leaf edges frost burned.


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