It’s been rather cold here in the Central Tablelands of NSW. A couple of mornings where the minimum temperature was almost -7 degrees (well below average for this time of year) really made us take notice of Winter, and we still have the two coldest months ahead of us. As often happens after a frost though, the days are usually brilliantly sunny, warm enough to garden in shirt sleeves. We don’t stop working however, as a nippy little breeze can be quick to let us know which season we are experiencing.
One: I start my six this week with the very last of the leaves clinging to the ornamental pear (inherited so no ID) which has delighted us for several weeks. It’s late to lose its leaves, so adds a bright spot of colour to the waning garden.
Two: Nerine. I featured this looking very queenly in my last Six. I’m afraid it didn’t survive the frosty onslaught, and all seven flowers are very dejected: stems spongy, heads hanging. I managed to keep the snails away, but not the frost.
Three: Gaillardia grandiflora ‘Mesa Red’ is also unhappy after the frost. I won’t cut this back so that the burnt parts will protect those underneath.
Four: Rosa ‘The Prince’ is holding on to the last flower.
Five: This little Narcissus growing under the Prunus blireana is happily naturalising and not concerned about the cold weather.
Six: The peak flowering period for Callistemon viminallis is Spring, but this one is very kindly putting on a ‘mini’ flowering exhibition now, for which I am very grateful. This Callistemon can be sensitive to frost too, but mine might have grown enough to be out of danger.
Six on Saturday, is where like-minded gardeners share what’s going on in their garden each Saturday. It’s a fascinating peep into gardens in countries around the world. You can join in by visiting The Propagator’s blog here. These are my six. What are yours, I wonder?
How does your garden fare in the frost? Is it well-protected or a bit exposed, like mine?
Weather today: Cold but sunny, -6.6 to 14 C