24 February 2009

Depth of winter

The days are getting longer but it's still really cold (-10°C right now). The wind has been particularly nasty on occasion. This photo is an attempt to capture the thickness of the layers of snow and ice that have built up next to the stream. Precious few signs of spring out there.


Inside I have got some signs of new life with the lettuce mix I sowed in January. They've been growing away well on the living room window sill. I've been putting them out on the veranda on the few days where the temperature has been above freezing. I thought I'd killed them the other day as they had become rather wilted by the afternoon, but was relieved to see this morning that they've bounced back to health again. Some of these will be big enough to eat, soon.

6 comments:

nancybond said...

Those beautifully fresh greens are like a tonic for the soul this time of year. Looks like your winter has been the same as ours here in Nova Scotia. Think Spring!

Amanda said...

I think you've had it worse than us, Nancy. A little warm weather would be nice, though. Perhaps this year the novelty of the Canadian winter has finally worn off for me - I'm beginning to understand why so many people head to Florida for a week at this time of year!

Amy said...

Brrrr! Your lettuce looks wonderful though =)

easygardener said...

It looks like the kind of ice that's going to take ages to shift. Hope spring arrives for you soon!

themanicgardener said...

Those are so pretty! I keep meaning to do this, but haven't gotten to it. How many hours of sun do they get?
--Kate

Amanda said...

Hi Kate - that window sill is part of a southwest-facing bay window, so they get sun for much of the day. It's the first time I've grown lettuce inside and I've been impressed by the way they've come on. I've been adding the baby leaves to the kids' school lunches for a couple of weeks, now.