This section is from the book "The Gardener V2", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
Depth of Rain.
Possibly it might be interesting to some of your readers for me to remark the injuries we have sustained by the late severe weather here - in Kent. Our thermometer (Negretti's?) registered, on December 24th, 1°, and the following night 4° below zero. I believe this to be the coldest weather we have experienced since 1860. Our Aucubas, Common Laurels, and Laurustinus are, I am afraid, quite cut to the ground. On the two latter there is not a green leaf to be seen: sad will it be to see so many vacant places in our shrubberies. Our vegetable crops, such as Savoys, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, and Lettuce, are all killed. I must give a sad account of many of our choice Conifers, such as the Golden Well-ingtonia and others of late introduction. Our Araucaria imbricata, Deodars, Norway Spruce, and a fine tree of Pinus insignis, upwards of 60 feet high, have suffered very much. Many of our choice Roses will want replacing in our flower-garden. I am afraid we shall see many things missing. It will be interesting to know how the weather has been felt in Scotland, but I am afraid it is general. - I remain, etc.
The Gardens, Kenfield Hall, EDWARD COVENEY.