At last, winter has arrived in Devon, we have been having frosty nights and icy mornings. Nowhere near as bad as some parts of the country, but at least it feels as it should at this time of year , instead of the very mild weather that we have been having. An added bonus is the clear sky in the morning which quite often means a beautiful sun rise.
It only takes a few minutes to see something different, can you make out the frost on the grass?
Only a couple more minutes and there is our first proper frost for all to see, fantastic!
Sunrise doesn’t last long does it, only another couple of minutes and it was almost gone, beautiful while it lasted though.
At last, I have some leaves decorated with frost, Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens now has silver stripes down the side.
A frosted Chestnut leaf that has managed to escape being swept up and bagged to try and eradicate the leaf miner moth that lives inside it.
A few more leaves looking rather pretty with their added sparkle.
Definitely a frosted lawn, not to be walked on when it is like this, otherwise you leave footprints where the grass has died!
Why am I so excited by a bit of frost? Just after Christmas I sowed my Meconopsis seeds that I have kept in the fridge since last summer and they need a period of freezing temperatures to get them ready to start growing. They originate in Tibet, in the Himalayas, so are used to temperatures a lot colder than we ever have, I just hope that this period of sub zero temperatures is cold enough for them. I will leave them out a bit longer, for another couple of weeks, then bring them into the conservatory, which is kept frost free, they should then sprout about 3 weeks later. That is the plan anyway and it has worked in previous years. I was thinking that I might have to put the seed trays in the freezer if the mild weather had continued, so thank goodness we have had our frosts at last!