The weather continues to be very enjoyable. From Monday there haven’t been any frosts and the days have been warm and sunny. Strangely there are still leaves on the Wisteria, less on the part of the pergola in front of the kitchen but still masses in front of the sitting room. The sun is low in the sky and pours into the kitchen sometimes making it hard to see the computer screen; but I find it even harder the close the inner shutter to keep the sun out! Continue Reading »
I thought that after almost two weeks of frost during the night that it would be difficult to find ‘summery’ flowers for my vase this week (I usually pick the flowers on Friday or Saturday to enjoy them at the weekend) but while some plants had succumbed to the frost others were still doing fine. I am sure this is because the temperatures haven’t actually fallen that low, just low enough for ice crystals to form but not below minus 1 or 2. Tender annuals often die at zero °C but a lot of other plants are hardy to minus 5 hence this being one of the categories in RHS books. Continue Reading »
This week’s weather has been a repeat of last week’s. Strong winds at the beginning of the week with a beautiful, warm, sunny day on Wednesday (perfect for gardening and, well, just being outside); with the clear skies a heavy frost descended during the night so that again I woke to an almost white world. Continue Reading »
These images are for you Janet!
I am a day late posting the long view to link with Heather at Xericstyle on the first of every month. The view today is lush and full, despite frost almost every day last week the garden still looks more spring-like than autumnal or wintery. There aren’t any obvious flowers in this view unlike in some other parts of the garden, some of which you can see in the second half of the post about a vase. Continue Reading »
There has been a light frost every morning this week. I know this because when I get up, the first thing I do is open the inner shutters of the landing window and look out; mostly I see the vegetable garden but I can also see the solar panel (for hot water) on the shed roof and each morning there has been a little frost, not thick and not completely covering it. It has been cold and extremely windy all week with the wind coming from the north (Tramontana) or north-east (Grecale). These are both bitingly cold winds that clear the air and mean you can see for miles; they also mean you need a hat and warm clothes if you’re going to venture out. I like it that winds have names, makes them seem for friendly! Do the winds where you live have names in common use? Continue Reading »