Tuesday, 26 October 2010

First Frost!

Last week we had just a hint of frost damage but early on Monday morning the temperature was down to 0.2°C. The greenhouse and lawn were white over at home.
From 03 Weather 2010
As it was another lovely sunny day even though there was a definite nip in the air we decided to visit the plot to do some more tidying up before winter proper sets in. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon with a clear blue sky.
From 03 Weather 2010
The frost had clobbered the dahlias good and proper, bringing to an end this year’s flowers. Green leaves turned black overnight. They’ll need cutting back before getting their straw jacket and waterproof layer for winter. (Click here to read how we overwinter our dahlias). The kiwi had suddenly shed most of its leaves presumably due to the frost and as it was a calm day these remained where they had fallen. Any hope of more courgettes is dashed as they too suffered in the frost. It’s strange that the leaves look to be wilted by heat when frosted. My trusty old wheel barrow, left in the shade of the laurel hedge, still had ice in it by early afternoon when we arrived on the plot. Keeping busy on the plot is easy and in the sunshine it felt pleasantly warm.
From 03 Weather 2010
It turned out to be the coldest day of autumn so far with an average temperature of just 4.2°C.


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