Winter is on it’s way
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.
Published on Thursday, May 30th, 2013, under Latest News