Bleak is the best word to describe today. An Antarctic freeze has buffeted its way from the south bringing with it the coldest weather we’ve had in a long time. Snow has fallen not far from us, and a small amount of rain, bringing the total for the whole of winter (so far) to 13.2 mm (half an inch). We are officially in drought and water restrictions have been imposed. Because of the lack of rain and cloud cover, our overnight temperatures have been lower than usual, well into negative territory, but this morning, at 1 degree C was warmer than we’ve had for a week!
There has been very little happening in the garden, apart from pruning, but today I managed to find six photos for Six on Saturday.
One: (Above) Creatures are hungry. The local parrots have discovered the seed bell I hung from the Crepe Myrtle and have been crowding around, eager to grab as much sustenance as they can. These are Red Rumped Parrots.
Two: Also present at the banquet are King Parrots.
Three: A White Cheeked Rosella also arrived. The brightly coloured birds bring cheeriness into the wintry garden.
Four: Red Rumped Parrots gather below the tree to clean up any inadvertently discarded seeds.
Five: A brave viola staunchly provides a spot of colour.
Six: Narcissus ‘Erlicheer’ lives up to its name : a beacon of light during a break in the clouds.
Do take the time to have a look at the Propagator’s blog where gardeners from all corners show what is happening in their gardens – different climates, different garden styles and different plants. It’s always fascinating.
Weather today: 1 – 8 degrees C. Cold, wet(ish) and blustery.