Monday was pretty much a miserable day as far as the weather was concerned. It rained and it was the kind of rain that penetrates, very fine and drizzly. There was some respite but not much. Great for the garden plants and for me who usually waters them. The day started for me at nine o’clock though I had been up and about two hours before. I had a small electrical job to do a few miles from home but I was back home an hour later having done it. I wanted to get out in the garden for I had been thinking about the Phoenix Canariensis plant I had placed in the flowerbed on Saturday and which I wrote of in yesterday’s post. The plant requires good soil drainage and to that end I had made a large base consisting of large broken stones topped with a generous amount of granite pieces of roughly 20mm size on which the plant and compost sat. After consideration I decided that I wanted to ‘box’ in the roots too. It would then essentially be a large container beneath the soil with its own drainage system as it would be had it been a plant pot above ground. Any rain falling on the plant and the area around it would then drain away quickly thus protecting the plant from the danger of rotting from the presence of too much water. In order to limit how much water actually falls at the base of the plant I could place a small plastic collar around it and cover it with large pebbles to hide it. However I had to be able to get out there and do it. We now have five of those plants in the garden though four of them are in plant pots and are therefore well-drained automatically. All five plants need some protection during the winter and colder months of the year, that is roughly between November and March and I have been thinking about that and what best to do. The original two of the plants we have were simply moved to a more sheltered spot on the patio but even that hasn’t proved too successful and the plants suffered in the cold wind. So this coming winter I will be doing the same thing but surrounding the plants with some corrugated sheets of clear plastic which will allow in light and some rain but keep out the wind. One of the reasons I planted the Laurel bushes on the outside of the patio wall which separates it from the vegetable plot is that it will provide an effective shield from the prevailing wind whilst hiding the plot itself. The plants would be better protected standing behind the natural wind-break. The Laurel needs to grow some before it will be effective but when it does it will also be an effective wind-breaker for anyone sitting out there! As for the plant in the flower bed I shall have to encompass it about with the same corrugated sheeting. It is positioned in a less windy place but not completely so. Now all I want to do just now is to box in the plants roots as planned.