Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

We Got A Freeze After All

Not a very hard freeze.  It was 30° at the Sugar Land airport when I got up at 5:30 Wednesday morning.  Which means it probably got to 30° in some unprotected parts of my garden too.  And a hard frost! I know it's a problem for gardeners, but I love the sparkle of the first hard frosts.  I took a drive before the frost had melted, but after the bright sun was shining.  Gorgeous!  Our version of winter beauty: bright, clear, dark blue sky (in the summer, the sky bleaches to almost white), golden grasses, sparkly frost, a few yellow leaves.  It's a stark beauty, one you have to get used to.  But I love it.

Ouch!  Tomato forest gets stung again.
In the garden, the tops of the tomato forest burned a bit more.  I don't think the plants will die, and I don't think it will harm the tomatoes.  I'm just waiting for a few to begin to ripen!  I think I'm almost there.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed we don't get a really terrible freeze before that happens.  On the other hand, I didn't cover them.  I'm resigned, either way.

Nasturtiums show only minor damage
The nasturtiums got a bit of a snap, too.  I don't know, really, whether the frost or dehydration got these leaves.  It was very windy Tuesday ahead of the cold front.  Extremely windy!

These are fine.
These too!
And these!
The lettuces don't notice light freezes and frosts, which made me wonder.  Why don't those tender looking leaves suffer in the cold and wind?  All the other plants I have with large leaves dehydrate so badly.  Where did lettuce originate, that it is so deceptively hardy?  I came across several answers: Egypt, Persia, Greece.  All relatively warm places.  So I ask you -- why does lettuce laugh at frost?

Snapdragons look like buttered popcorn!
And here is the reason I like to plant flowers in the vegetable garden.  It means I'm always successful! 

1 comment:

  1. I too thought your lettuce looked unscathed. That is a good question. Cool weather crop, but frost? Your snaps do look like popcorn, that is funny.