The Slope on Thursday 5th December

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.

The combination of cold and wind means that now, when I look out of my kitchen window I can see a lot more sky and the stems of the Wisteria are silhouetted against a blue sky.

I’m not sure how the plants are coping with these extremes in temperature.  In the greenhouse the high, with the door and windows wide open reached 32.1°C and the low fell to just 0.5°C.

On the slope starry, white, ice crystals decorated the foliage making it appear that all the plants were variegated varieties!

The usual view, even the fields around are white today

The usual view, even the fields around are white today

Euphorbia - not so happy in the cold

Euphorbia – not so happy in the cold

A lone half-eaten Persimmon remains on the now leafless tree.

Variegated cistus? No, but might be nice

Variegated cistus? No, but might be nice

Variegated cistus? No, but might be nice

Variegated cistus? No, but might be nice

White-edged foliage of Solanum jasmonoides

White-edged foliage of Solanum jasmonoides

The lower slope is a frost pocket

The lower slope is a frost pocket

Hardly any green to be seen

Hardly any green to be seen

Seed-heads left standing repay us with their icy beauty

Seed-heads left standing repay us with their icy beauty

Seed-heads left standing repay us with their icy beauty

Seed-heads left standing repay us with their icy beauty

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