Posted: 27/05/2012 at 15:54
Just discovered today -
1. my evergreen ceanothus, all of which looked dead as dormice, have broken new shoots from 3 cm thick wood near the base - bang goes one theory.
2. My bay shrubs, 6 feet tall and with every leaf a crispy brown, were getting the heave ho and being cut down to ground level before digging them out, only to find that they are all rpoducing tiny red buds close to ground level.
3. My dahlias, left in the ground over winter, were presumed dead, and I was planting out replacements that I have been growing in pots, when I discovered that every one of them has survived and is sprouting new shoots. Now I have nowhere for the replacements to go.
In Lincolnshire last winter we had several nights of 12 C, in two spells. Live and learn!