Monday, December 31, 2012

Winter garden

Here in Southern California, frost and ice are rare...we rarely have 400 chill hours, much less frost.
This year we have had 4 frost days...most very light. Today however, we had ice. It dripped from the roof like it does in the high country. Many plants are being "cut" back by the cold. And yet, many are just fine!
 This is the lime tree, it is doing fine. The cold is not intense enough I guess to affect it.

 The broccoli is quite happy, in fact when it got cold, it started making heads!
The parsley is doing well, tucked in amid Fava beans and other plants.
This is a shot of Fava bean flowers up close. Yes, it is blooming. The only problem here is that it is too cold for bee activity! So, these may not become beans....sad.....
The hills and local mountains have snow around us, and in the sun it got up to 60 degrees. Our house is cold and feels downright damp. At this time of year,  there is that tendency to feel damp in winter, perhaps due to the fact that our house is on a slab. However, most houses get that way in winter, right?. It is definitely a time for sweaters and coats.
How are you doing this winter? What is happening in your garden?
Happy New Year!!
Nancy

2 comments:

Henhurst Interiors said...

So wonderful to see what the outdoors looks like in other parts of the country right now. I love to see the limes growing - we are blanketed in snow!
Wishing you a very happy new year,
Phyllis

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I can almost smell those limes....how beautiful they are! Sometimes our lower level feels damp and so chilly and we run a dehumidifier. That does the trick. Takes the dampness out of the air and makes it feel so much warmer. Happy New Year.