Hello, blog and blog-world! I’m not dead, though buried in grading and admin tasks. This morning I put on wellies to go fetch the paper and take a few pictures while I was outside. The air temperature was 33F, so there was light frost on the grass, too light to get a good picture of it. Here are my six:
The sedum has lost its color, the marigolds are a little bedraggled but still bright, and the lantana is bravely hanging on though frost-bitten (I read about someone over-wintering it inside, and considered trying, but first looked up whether it is poisonous to cats: it is, so I’m not going to chance it).
Honorine Jobert is still looking beautiful, as is this pink flower (no idea what it is, please let me know if you do), and the little bulbs that I un- and re-covered back in August (#6 in this post).
Two asters continue the purple/pink theme. Ferns are dying back.
When I went round the back, I found a thin skim of ice on the birdbath.
In the vegetable garden, the marigolds are still blooming wildly. The tall stalk in their middle is a red-leaf lettuce bolted and gone to seed.
And somehow, a last outdoor tomato ripened, though it’s been nibbled by squirrels. I picked most of the others a few weeks ago (thanks to readers who advised that!), and they’ve mostly been ripening inside. I may try to make green tomato chutney of the ones that just won’t change color.
Six on Saturday is hosted by the Propagator. I haven’t even made it over there lately. Too much time in front of screens for work. You know I’m old-school. In my off time, I read actual paper books, or do the mending, or cook. Except that now we’re getting coverage of the Vuelta à España (fortunately for my insane list of tasks, our cable package did not include any channel covering the Giro d’Italia), so I will be watching some TV for the next few weeks.