Anti-freeze in the garden and birds on Otmoor

I hope this cold frosty snap will “do for” slugs and snails. The snowdrops with their anti-freeze proteins survive. The stems lose turgor and collapse to the ground overnight but by mid-afternoon the plants have perked up – a miraculous resurrection.

The fat flower buds on the camellias seem to be equally resilient, but the shell- pink scented flowers that are covering the Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’  only remain intact if they are in a sheltered spot.

The birds are enjoying the apples on the lawn. We visited the Otmoor RSPB reserve this afternoon and to our delight saw a short-eared owl roosting in a distant bush – a real treat. Needless to say we did not find it ourselves.

We also enjoyed the snipe, so well camouflaged with their stripy backs. Winter has its perks.

snipe

 

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