So, I noticed today that the Japanese snowbell along the Ho Chi Minh trail is nearly naked of leaves. I noticed this because I was indoors looking out the upstairs western windows, in to the tree itself. Murray brought it to my attetion. It is the first time I noticed that there is a bird's nest in the tree almost directly opposite the one window from which I keep the blinds raised so the felines have 'treevee'.
All the trees are bare, and the sky is....clear and cold.
Today, I had a troop of robins visit. American robins are about three times the size of Brit robins. And, they are really thrushes. Anyway, I grew up hearing about 'the first robin of spring' as some kind of clarion announcement. Well, these suckers are confused. They were reasonably courteous, though.
I had my car up on axle stands on my drive earlier this year. I crawled underneath and was flat on my back unscrewing the oil drain plug when a robin flew underneath my car, right past my head. He did it again later when I was back underneath refitting the plug after the oil had drained.
I'm thinking that a spruce or pine or whatever tree is, by definition, going to survive frosts! But would it need to be "hardened off" (put outside daytime only, in its pot) before planting properly? Or is that not a consideration for trees?