07 March 2012

Reds of winter

As I've mentioned, a lot of the plants around here have been burned by frost and hard freezes. Many have a rusty orange tinge, but others are purply red. Here are a few pictures.

This one was a little blurry, so I Photoshopped it.

Our bay laurel hedged wasn't damaged by the cold like some
down on lower ground, but a lot of the leaves were reddened.

This isn't a bottle like the one Walt saw out at the end of our road.
Was somebody out in the vineyard trying to keep warm?


  1. So what happens to the Laurel. We have some where the leaves brown and drop off. For 300mm and closer to the ground. It's frost. Will your red leaves brown off and dry too ? Kerry.

  2. Looks like the vinyard is the local drinking spot. Are there gatherings of people? Or just single abandoned bottles from time to time? Seems like a strange choice of places.

  3. I like the "Dew of Ben Nevis"... weak 'cloud water' marketed as whisky. I'll hazard a guess that it is long past containing whisky... more likely to contain locally distilled "Eau de vie du Mirabelle" at 1000.9%ABV these days... blows your socks and hat of just sniffing the contents!

  4. Kerry, I don't know. I'll try to remember to keep an eye on the red leaves.

    Ellen, no, we never see groups out there. Maybe somebody was driving through and tossed the bottle out. I found it sitting on that low wall, as in the photo. I assumed one of the vine-trimming crew picked it up and set it there.

    Tim, you may well be right. I pulled out the moldy cork stopper and sniffed. No particular aroma.

  5. It appears that you survived a very hard winter. My guess is your plants will come back after dropping a few leaves.

    Mary in Oregon

  6. Can't have been "Eau de vie du Mirabelle" at 1000.9%ABV then.... nothing like mould can survive that!! May have been a water container for the pastis?


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