Monday, May 24, 2010

The Winter Frost Fairies Arrive

I opened my curtains in the morning to see a world transformed into a chilly, frosty but delightful place. Mists wafted gently across my face, smoke rose from a neighbours chimney and my thermometer read -3C, as I stood on the verandah in my pj's, smiling at the wonders of nature. A tiny wren was out early, catching insects in the bottlebrush and the shimmer of the sun's rays tried to wriggle through the white air and reach the earth.

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The paddock next door was brilliant green yesterday!
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Do dark leaves reduce the frost?
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Even though I had not covered the mature cos lettuce or the tiny, self-sown lettuce seedlings, they suffered no damage as they thawed very slowly, the temperature being very low all morning, and I threw an old sheet over them to keep the sun off for a while. Surprisingly even the bok choy, which was weighed down with frost, recovered well.

1 comment:

Aussiemade said...

Hi Kate,
I live near Cygnet. I am really enjoying your blog. Mind you your garden is doing way better than mine at present.
I agree with you about what you say in regard to Cygnet. My friends on the big island to the north, shake their heads when I told them it takes me over three hours to do my shopping in our village we Cygnet..mostly because of all the conversation...welcome to this amazing area.