So. For the past few months, the general expectation was "Winter is coming!" But I think we can safely assume now that winter has definitely, well and truly, once and for all, arrived! Over the last few weeks we have seen temps regularly drop below freezing, and that often means we are in for a bright and crisp day. Something that I wasn't expecting however - is a good thick fog arriving along with a negative 5 temperature reading. Wow was that a bone chilling day! The fog finally cleared around 1.30pm, and we did see the sun-shine for about an hour, but the high of the day was a depressing 2 degrees Celsius.
In spite of the variable weather patterns, we have managed to finally get started on setting up the nursery at our new location. We now have the bigger green house up, and the smaller seed-starting house is securely tied to the garden fence. We have gravel down over the first section of the growing area, and Aaron has been busy replacing the door and step to my potting shed, which will be lined out in plywood and shelving for all my pots and materials. I am very excited!
I spent several days last week picking over the plants we brought with us from Dunedin. These poor plants have gone through a bit of a shocking experience with the extreme weather that we have had. I expect I shall lose more than one or two before spring, but those that survive should be well toughened and adjusted to the environment for which they are intended. I have moved some of them under cover of the greenhouse but with open doors so they are not completely protected. The greenhouse will still suffer from frost but they do not get as badly affected as those out in the open. Be aware folks that plants can get adversely affected by the cold even when inside a closed greenhouse. Always best to check them if you are concerned, and throw a frost cover over them as a secondary precaution.
See some of my winter pics below!
I'm Kimberley, and I live in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. I am very passionate about growing strong healthy plants that enrich us and our environment. Welcome to my place - feel free to look around!