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Sunday 6th April

Sunday 6th April
Two weeks ago I played Let it Snow, Let it Snow Let it Snow by Dean Martin. I said then that it would be the last time I would play that for a while………… how wrong was I when I got up last Sunday to see the garden covered in snow! The vagaries of the British weather! 
Was pleased to hear that song again late Sunday afternoon being played on Radio2!! Johnny Walker obviously listens to PhoenixFM and got the idea from me!
Apparently much of the blame for this weather can be attributed to the jet stream that normally passes north of the British Isles letting the warm winds from the south to keep us warm but when the jet stream passes to the south of the British Isles it lets the cold Artic air south, hence snow and cold winds!
The RSPB have carried out their annual survey of birds in our garden with nearly 400,000 people taking part. The top bird seen in Essex was the Starling!  Check it out at
Some bright spark emailed the station asking where Jade Goody was in the Top Ten Essex Birds!!! 
I was asked this week if this cold weather will harm the daffodils? Cold weather will keep most bulb flower last longer, but snow can damage flower with the weight.
I noticed this week that large flowering Camellias have had the tops of the flowers scorched by the cold snow sitting on them. Go out and shake the snow off .
Plant of the Week
Photinia x fraseri “Red Robin”
Common Name: Christmas berry
Easy to grow,. Likes full sun or stands part shade.
Height: 400cm Spread: 400cm Flowering period: April to May
Photinia, or Christmas berry, is a genus of Asian and North American shrubs, which includes a group of evergreen hybrids grown specifically for their colourful young foliage. Most are forms of the garden hybrid P. x fraseri, with glossy dark green adult foliage, and variable red tinted young leaves, especially as they just unfold. 'Red Robin' is one, a choice form with eye-catching juvenile growth the colour of sealing wax, similar to a pieris. This is sometimes caught by late spring frosts, and some shelter is advisable. Plants enjoy a sunny or partially shaded position in moist but well-drained soil. The Royal Horticultural Society has given its prestigious Award of Garden Merit(AGM) to this plant.
Happy Gardening.
Andrew Babicz

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