Today is considered to be the first day of Spring in Australia, although technically speaking, real Spring doesn't begin until the equinox on 23rd September. It seems, however, that Winter hasn't quite finished with us yet here, in the Central Tablelands of NSW.
We've had some rain, a good amount for us, and a cold front swept up from the south, bringing with it cold temperatures and frosty mornings. The evidence is featured in my six this week.
One: Frost crystals on a viola flower. It never ceases to amaze me how these delicate little flowers can be bowed down by frost and yet after the sun rises, they lift their heads and carry on with their day as though it were the balmiest of weather.
Two: Frosty broccoli leaves. I like the way dew drops have frozen into pearls along the edges of the leaves. These plants have been in the ground for many weeks and I'm beginning to wonder if they'll ever have flowers. It seems to me that by the time they do, it will be time for us to be eating salads!
Three: Erigeron glaucus 'Sea breeze', recently planted, so I'm glad it's holding its own during the cold weather.
Four: Iris reticulata, also planted earlier this year, and these are the first flowers. First is 'Dijit' and second No ID, which means the packet just said Iris reticulala. I think these petite irises are delightful and look forward to them proliferating over the next few years. Clumps would be good.
Five: The first two Narcissi to appear. On the left, 'Replete' and on the right another No ID. Many of my bulbs were planted last Autumn and are making their first appearance, so it's exciting to see their flowers. But there's no such thing as a host yet. Thanks Mr Wordsworth for the burden of unrealistic expectations.
Six: Someone else was finding the mornings cold this week, as he searched for seeds on our cream-coloured frost-bitten lawn.
That's my six for this week. Was it cheating to add so many frosty photos?
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