On Saturday it was warm enough to have lunch outside in shirtsleeves.
Today we had our first morning frost!
On the school run yesterday it was showing 4ºC and this morning this had dropped to 2ºC but it must have been colder than that earlier as there was plenty of evidence of frost. Simon had to scrape his car windscreen and the grass was covered in rime. The winter cabbages were resplendent in theirs icy decoration but the leeks had escaped any frosting, possibly because they are in the lea of the polytunnel thus giving some protection (or due to the amount of weeds around them giving a warming blanket!). By mid morning, as the temperature rose, it was clear to see that the bean leaves had blackened under the frosty onslaught but the with luck the pumpkins that are still in the polytunnel will be OK.
|Leeks in amongst far too many weeds!|
Out and about on a dog walk down the valley later on, despite the frost there was plenty of Autumn colour to be seen:
|Autumn colour in the river valley|
|Iris foetidissima berries (Stinking Iris)|
Perhaps someone needs to tell this little periwinkle that we are in Autumn and not Spring when it should be flowering. Not that I am complaining, it was lovely to see.