The last three nights have brought frost warnings. This is not unusual for October in New England, so I was not surprised. But Fall got started late this year and we have had pretty warm weather…so it feels early. The trees have been glorious but are a bit behind….but then, quite suddenly, it turned cold! It went from lows in the 40s to lows in the teens!!! It was quite a shock!
I covered the few things that remained in the garden..onions, kale, chard and some celery. Even hardy kale doesn’t like temperatures in the teens.
And I covered the tender plants in the greenhouse. Even the mums and the potatoes got covered. But I decided that it was late in the season and the marigolds, nasturtiums would be on their own.
There were too many of them and they were scattered all over….
And I hoped that the mums in the front would be ok.
Mums don’t mind a light frost. I did what I could and hoped for the best.
It was not a compete diasater….
The mums are a bit discolored, but not dead.
The nasturtiums and marigolds though….they were heartbreaking.
And I forgot about the morning glories.
They do NOT like frost!
The mum spent the night in the greenhouse so it was ok.
The peppers in the greenhouse, even covered, didn’t make it…
..but a few things survived.
The potatoes look a bit unhappy but I think they are ok.
The celery pulled through.
As did the kale..
And the onions.
But the hydrangeas..
..are done for this year. Very sad, they looked.
The rosemary came inside for the winter so it is fine.
But the sage and the lavender braved the cold quite well though.
I will cut back the dead things…and harvest the rest. The season is over…there is raking to do and there will be wood to stack….and we will move inside. There will be cozy fires and lovely soups and knitting to finish….
But I will miss my gardens….and I will begin dreaming of Spring!