Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Cold night (and update)

During the night, last night, I heard the pump turning on fairly often.  The pump is the one that provides water, at some pressure, to the house and it switches on automatically whenever the pressure in the system drops.  This can happen when a tap is left on, a pipe leaks or if the temperature drops too low.  This is because the solar water heater has a thermostat that opens a valve to empty the system if there is a danger of it freezing on the roof.   It was cold enough to do that during the night, last night. The water isn't lost...  it runs back down into the gutters and downpipes  and back into the tank.
However,  I lay there worrying about the garden... the potato plants are well up and growing fast....  and they are very susceptible to the cold.
I went out early in the morning to see how the garden looked....
... frost everywhere...
... and the grass was crunchy to walk on.
The baby zucchini plants looked ok.  They are in a protected spot....
The potato plants looked rather suspicious...  the leaves were slightly dark looking (not a good sign) and definitely a bit stiff....

But by 10 o'clock this morning, the only wilted leaf that I could find was this one....
The rest are all  looking "normal" so far.  I might have been lucky!

The other things that I found this morning....

... the first flower on the fruit smelling salvia plant (Salvia splendens) and the first flower on the Grey sage plant (Salvia leucophylla.)
This Grey sage is the one that had the ladybirds on it the other day.... and a couple of them are still there...
... these are really amazing little creatures.

Update:  I have just been outside to see how that potatoes are going....


... and there is some evidence of the frost,  though not as bad as it could ahve been....  I've been very lucky!  The plants look a little bit the worse for wear,  though they will soon recover from this.

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