Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Winter 2020/2021

The weather is milder now, but in mid-February there was a very cold, snowy spell with frost sufficient to penetrate the soil in the windowbox.

Over the winter several of the sallow bushes have died, though two or three, I think are still alive.  As I write in early March I can report that tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum) is doing well with plenty of new leaf buds.  There are many plants of herb robert (Geranium robertianum) scattered across the windowbox and it does particularly well here.  There is the solitary holly and several plants of hairy tare (Ervilla hirsuta) plus several moss species.

A couple of weeks back I coppiced the sallows and pruned back the tutsan.  I also put a plastic tub over the now very decayed sallow log in the centre of the windowbox as an emergence trap for any insects that might emerge from it.