Some before and after pictures since we have had a few light frosts lately and then a freeze last night. Most of the flowers survived the first frosts, being close to the house, but last night's 28F did quite a bit of damage. However, I was happy to see this afternoon that some of the nicotiana and even the petunias have mostly recovered! Still, it doesn't look so nice anymore.
This was taken the day before our first frost:
From the other side...I've been planting out some more foxgloves, sweet william, and valerian, as you might guess from the bucket and shovel laying in the grass!
Front view of a very messy garden. Sorry about the rather crooked arbor...you can really tell which direction the wind has been blowing from lately!
I am so happy about these little heartsease and evening dame's rocket seedlings that have been showing up lately!
Hyacinth beans on the arbor...
Only one plant climbed to the top of my Monticello-inspired arbor this year. I might try "Barnside Sweet" runner beans here next year.
Some close-ups from the day before the frost...
The frost was quite beautiful on the White Horehound!
More frosty scenes...
I hope to take advantage of the nice weather this week to do some cleaning up, especially in the vegetable garden. After another battle with cucumber beetles this summer, I promised myself I wouldn't be so lazy this fall. (According to what I've read, tilling up the soil in the fall exposes their eggs to the elements and kills them). And of course there will be bulbs to plant (when they arrive), and manure to spread!
I will still be posting here even after my garden is done for the winter...there is so much to plan and look forward to for next year!
You can see what others around the world are seeing in their gardens here: wordsandherbs.com/2017/10/04/the-real-tuesday-view-3rd-and-4th-october-2017
I am a passionate gardener and seed-saver, who also enjoys playing the violin and accordion, running, spending time with my 4 golden retrievers, keeping chickens, photography, and reading.