Temperature difference in UK

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JonC
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Post by JonC » Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:03 pm

Hi All,

I saw Yorkshire Kris' video today regarding frost damage and it highlighted for me the differences in temperature in the UK.

We've not had a hard frost here yet. We've had a couple of nights of 1 deg C and maybe a zero for an hour in the early hours, but nothing too serious. I certainly don't have much in the way of damage to plants yet.

My Iresine dropped their leaves in protest at the cold a week ago, but apart from that things here are still looking okay. I have noticed that the dahlia flower buds are not opening now and look quite poor. That could be the damp and time of year. Having said that I have had them flowering up to Christmas in previous years.

Here are a few shots taken today.

The castor oil plants still looking great.
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The Iresine have shed their leaves
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Cannas not at their best , but not damaged yet. I will lift these in the next week or so ready for over wintering.
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Tetrapanax still looking good.
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The dahlias looking quite poor here.
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I'll be busy in the next few weeks protecting and lifting as although I haven't had frosts yet they will come. I think the 200 mile difference buys me a few extra weeks of the season.


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Post by Chez2 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:24 pm

Its variable around the UK Jon. We are in rural South Yorkshire and we have only had one proper frost. Our garden got shredded and damaged by high winds so we cut it down a while ago. Out iresine still has leaves on but I have taken cuttings of some. Trandescantia is still okay. Our dahlias in the garden a long way from the shelter of the house are still okay although the leaves on a lot of the trees are turning and some have fallen.

I often watch temperatures around the UK (and abroad) on my iphone weather app. Im more than a little obsessed by it. I look at it year round to see if I can draw any conclusions as to plant growth in relation to maximum, minimum and average temperatures. I don't watch all locations but have noted that London can be several degrees higher than our location but also several degrees below. I had expected Birmingham and other Midland areas to be higher temperatures than us but they often aren't. I have seen a degree or two difference between our rural location and neighbouring built up areas.

We did have a cold spell of low single figures degrees centigrade a while back but the lowest here has been around 7 degrees C at night.

Have you looked at height above sea level and geological aspect as well as location? We don't live that far from Elge_onion and I have been surprised how cruel the weather seems to be to her garden compared to ours early in the year. We are both in rural locations.


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Post by JonC » Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:43 pm

Hi,

I suppose elevation will come into it. I live half way up a hill and so I avoid the frost pocket at the bottom. Our garden is also protected by buildings and trees so some shelter is also afforded there too.

Can I ask what type of Tradescantia do you have? I am after T. pallida purpura if you have that I'd love a cutting please. It is sometimes referred to as 'wandering jew'. Not a very PC name, but a great plant. Easy to take cuttings from too.

Jon


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Post by otorongo » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:07 pm

We haven't had a frost yet. I don't have many things that need protecting and it doesn't look like protection is going to be needed anytime soon, although next week may see lows in the low single digits.

On clear sky nights there is a noticeable difference (as much as 4C) between my garden and central London.


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Post by GREVILLEAJ » Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:53 pm

One brief air frost at the end of October surrounded by very mild spells is all I have had to contend with.


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Post by Chez2 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:21 pm

JonC wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:43 pm
Can I ask what type of Tradescantia do you have?
Hi Jon, I have no idea what tradescantia I have but you are welcome to cuttings. I have a purple one with thick leaves, a thinner purple and white striped one, a green and white splash variegated one and a plain green one. I have never been given any names of them. Some are in the house as small plants as they were only acquired recently.

As regards elevation or altitude, hmm, I'm even more confused. I have looked at areas I have lived and my family live and I'm even more confused as to what factors are contributing to local climate differences. I hope someone is expert in this field and can put me out of my misery by explaining some less obvious factors.


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Post by Chez2 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:25 pm

JonC wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:43 pm
I am after T. pallida purpura


Jon, I think this is the plant I call the purple one with thick leaves - LOL. I have just 'Googled' the name. I will get some cuttings going.


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Post by JonC » Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:25 pm

Thanks very much. It's a great plant for outside in the hot border as it gives a bit of colour. I've kept this outdoors before and it has come back in the spring. It did look quite sad for a while though. Best to bring indoors to a greenhouse or house when it's chilly.


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Post by Volksman999 » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:45 pm

How far you are from the sea is also relevant of course. Here in the East Midlands we had a frost of around -1 /-2 a couple of weeks ago. It blackened the leaves of my bananas and cannas. I have now cleaned the canna rhizomes up and brought them in as well as the ensete VM trunk. The musa basjoos are still there though showing all the evidence of the frost. Fair to say that the wind had a good go at them too.
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Post by GREVILLEAJ » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:36 pm

It looks like the South east may be in line to be the coldest place in the country for the rest of November as a persistent continental easterly becomes established this weekend.


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Post by ollieinscotland » Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:13 am

Hello, Newbie here, Can I ask which variety of tetrapanax is in the first pic as it seems to grow low to the ground. Mine is about six foot tall and just coming into flower (the frost seems to trigger this every year)


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Post by GREVILLEAJ » Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:40 pm

You are an observant Newbie, Ollie icon_salut (Welcome, BTW icon_cheers). I thought the pic was a cluster of young suckers and taller shoots were simply out of the picture icon_scratch On closer inspection.....

Perhaps Jon can tell us and put us out of our misery :lol:


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Post by Chez2 » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:59 pm

JonC wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:25 pm
Thanks very much. It's a great plant for outside in the hot border as it gives a bit of colour. I've kept this outdoors before and it has come back in the spring. It did look quite sad for a while though. Best to bring indoors to a greenhouse or house when it's chilly.
Jon - when are you going to be passing to visit your family to pick the plants up? They usually root in a week but they took a month due to late season. They aren't suitable for posting.


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