Despite this - I noticed that the crown on the Cardoon (Cynara Cardunculus) was still relatively health, likewise, my Salvia x sylvestris 'Rose Queen'. Both have been given a good layer of straw - this Salvia is of questionable hardiness here in Scotland - it worked on 2 out of 3 plants last year.
The Arum lillies (Zantedeschia aetheopica) - which will pretty soon be 'floored' by the frost - where chopped right back and given the same treatment. These are listed by the RHS as not hardy but other internet website rate them as borderline hardy/hardy. Therefore it will be another 'wait and see' moment!!
Incidentally, the bird feeder I introduced on the Willow was a great success - I've added a couple more - the smaller birds flit in and out all day and only the smaller starlings have thus far managed to negociate the branches.
Heuchera Marmalade has thoroughly enjoyed it's first season here - it was moved here earlier in the year. Looking a bit deflated by the cold weather or is it the weight of the fallen bird seed. Mrs Robin should enjoy these left overs :)
A close up of those raindrops cradled in the lower branches.
A little colour from a gorgeous deep maroon Chrysanthemum brought home by mum the other day. I doubt very much that it will be hardy - more research is needed.