This week we have finally had our first frosts, along with some very blustery storms. Bringing to an end our wonderfully warm start to the winter and starting the period of wondering how the unprotected plants are going to cope. Already the fluffy plants in the garden like gingers and brugmansias have wilted and need to be cut back. So far all the succulents are undamaged and it is not until our first -3 that I would expect to see any damage.
I have mentioned before that I have limited space for winter storage, and no space for a proper green house. Instead I have my little cold frame (posted about here) and a few lucky plants get space in the garden shed. Sadly the shed can not be totally turned over to plants, it has to store the tools and bikes which limit the space to a few shelves on either side.
There are of course one or two agaves mixed in for good measure:
The other side is a bit more closely packed with plants to make the most of the space, again a mix of echeverias, aloes and agaves.
Finally to make the most of the limited the space I have a few hooks in the roof from which I can hang watering trays for more plants. This was something I saw at a nursery and it works well for limited space.
So that is the tour of my little winter storage shed. Who knows one day I may have the space for a greenhouse until then, it does a very good job of looking after some of more tender plants.