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Frosty beginnings


Wherever I’ve lived, I have always had to contend with frosts. I am used to it, but it never fails to annoy me if I lose something precious overnight!

This is the first winter in this house, and every day is a new experiment in climate and the effects on my garden.

What we have so far learned is that this valley gets some mean frosts, but to our utter delight, it needs to be at least -7deg frost before it even thinks of settling on our hill. This means that we get the beauty of the white winter wonderland in the mornings, but not the worry of what it has done to our little baby plants.

As you may be able to see in the photos below the grass at the top is clear of frost, but the whole valley is blanketed. It’s very beautiful in the flesh and I just feel very grateful that for once I can look out at this beauty without any feelings of resentment for what it has caused.

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I forget we are all in different parts of the world sometimes.

26 Jul, 2012


Cooled me down, looking at your photographs !
Lower temperatures here soon will be very welcome, I am down the allotment at 7 a.m. and come home when I start sweating at 9.30 a.m. Stay indoors the rest of the day !

27 Jul, 2012


I'm glad to hear that you are not affected too much by the frost. I hate cold temperatures myself. I find it depressing when it's frosty or snowing.
Funny how I don't seem to think you get such cold temperatures in New Zealand.

27 Jul, 2012


Lucky you, I bet you will be glad you have such a warm little pocket! Jx

27 Jul, 2012


How lucky are you not to have to wake up to frost damaging your plants. You're right though, it does actually look lovely. :-)

27 Jul, 2012


Lovely pictures must be delighted that you live up that hill and don't suffer as much. What is your average low temperatures there?
Being that your mum is from here in Scotland - I have no doubt you know about our weather :))

27 Jul, 2012


Its much cooler here in England now. We can get on and enjoy our gardening.
Use plenty of fleece over those precious plants.

29 Jul, 2012


Thanks everyone for your comments. Here in Nelson our average winter temperature is lows of 8 and highs of 16 deg. But like everywhere, there are exceptions. There is normally a week or two of frosts in the middle of around -3. Frosty mornings are followed by clear still sunny days that can get up to nearly 20deg.

Summer temps are a lot warmer obviously with lows of 15 and highs up to 30deg.

Nelson actually has the highest sunshine hours in the country (2400 per year - I had to look that up :) ).

Now that my plants are safe, I don't mind the frosty mornings because it heralds such a lovely day!

Looking at the Olympics it appears that those of you in Britain are getting some sunshine now, and your gardens are showing their appreciation of it - looking good everyone!

29 Jul, 2012

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