Six on Saturday – January 18th

After storms and very wet weather the garden is pretty much sodden. Then last night a sharp frost has left everything frozen solid. It was minus 4.5 degrees Celsius this morning – not often we get it that cold here in the west of Ireland.

  1. Poor robin was feeling the cold – all fluffed out trying to keep warm. We put extra food out this morning for all the birds.
Robin

Robin

2.Β  The pond is frozen too. We did a bit of pond maintenance last week – taking out quite a lot of sedges that had spread through the shallower end and bog bean which had taken over half the deep end. It looks quite a bit better.

Pond - frozen

Pond – frozen

3. I wonder if the honeysuckle is now regretting send out leaves?

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

4. The creeping raspberry looks very pretty with its frosted fringe. This is a good ground cover plant but we have never got any fruit from it. The bees do like the flowers though.


Creeping Raspberry

Creeping Raspberry, Rubus nepalensis (I think)

5. The poultry were finding it cold this morning too. Nelson (our drake) kept walking a few steps and then sitting down as if he was trying to warm his feet. Junior, the cockerel was crowing standing on one foot.

6. And finally our roof is looking a bit like a green roof at the moment. Possibly because of the really wet winter it seems to have become populated with lots of moss. I don’t really mind – it looks pretty.

moss covered roof

moss covered roof

Thanks to The Propagator for hosting – Six on Saturday

28 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – January 18th

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      No it doesn’t usually get quite this cold, particularly here in the west. Zero or -1 is common enough a few times in the winter. Tonight is to be similarly cold but then it will get a bit warmer. I am told it is good for the apple treesπŸ™‚

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      It is only a relatively small pond (maybe 12 metre square) and we could it from the edges, using long-handed tools like rakes. No need to get into the water thankfully 😊

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      1. bushboy

        Yes More than I had for all of last year!!! Yes in my part of Australia the fires are well and truly out. Other parts in the south of the country are still experiencing fire. Feel for them

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  1. Lora Hughes

    Frost makes everything look so pristine, but as others’ve said, I feel for the birds. Never heard of creeping raspberry before & an image search makes it look really nice, even w/o the frost outline. Is it quick growing?

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