Growing sub-tropical plants in a cool climate (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Saturday, May 10, 2008
The main event of winter 2007/08 was the heavy snowfall on the evening of 3rd January 2008 which saw most of Belfast blanketed in 4 to 6 inches of snow in a couple of hours. This Chamaerops was pictured early in the night. By morning many of the lower fronds of Chamaerops and Trachycarpus were bent under the weight of snow and remained that way after the thaw.
Elsewhere the weigh of snow broke branches of trees and felled some small trees - very evident along the Lagan River where the towpath was blocked in places by fallen trees.