Winter is on it’s way

Limehills in snow

Blanket of snow in Middlemarch

After a long hot summer we’ve just had our first real taste of winter when the door from the Antarctic deep freeze opened and we had the first snow of the season.

Where we live, we seldom get snowfalls and if we do they are very light and gone almost before we can blink.

With a cold clear night last night I was rushing around putting protective frost cloth on the few frost tender things I have in my garden.

I tend to only grow  plants that adapt readily to our climate. When we shifted to Waihi where we get much colder winters than we did in coastal Bay Of Plenty I gave away my Vireya Rhododendrons  and other tender plants.

It was a joy to be cold enough to grow things like Lilac and Lily of the Valley which don’t thrive in warmer climates. This autumn I have planted almost 200 daffodil bulbs…some I was given as a Golden Wedding present and some I have bought. Daffodils love the colder climate as well.

I well remember an Indian lady who lived near us when we lived in the Central Waikato. She had great difficulty explaining to her relatives in India what autumn was…they had no concept of the season. To me each season has it’s own particular charm, and after a long hot summer we’ve enjoyed a glorious autumn… and now it seems Winter’s here.   

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Published on Thursday, May 30th, 2013, under Latest News

2 Responses to “Winter is on it’s way”

  1. Hi Shirley,
    Boy was I confused for a while! Here in California we’re waiting for a full-blown summer (it’s been kind of cool the past few weeks, at least at the coast). And you write about winter coming? Then the penny dropped, duh, you live south of the equator!
    Well, you have a wonderful winter, not too cold I hope!

    • Shirley says:

      I always feel a little discombobulated when I see Northern Hemisphere pictures of snow at Christmas and we’re sweltering under a summer sun!

      I really like the winter. If you’re cold you can always get working to warm up but in heat wave conditions you can’t escape the heat unless you have the air conditioning on.

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