Notes from a USDA zone 5 shade garden in Southern Wisconsin.
Yes, they are beautiful bloomers, and I am so sad that these plants are about to die (and some go dormant for the winter). I cheated with a few seed heads--just to give us a little hope, right? :)
How lovely! We will likely be having our first frost this Saturday - I'll have to take a peak in the beds to see if there is anything worth picking before then - thanks for the reminder!
Yep, our first frost will be Saturday morning, too. Apparently, we'll get the one-two punch: Our first frost will be a freeze at the same time. It's stunningly beautiful and warmish (63F/17C) today. Wish it would stay this way. Enjoy your harvest, Margaret!
Oaahh, so beautiful! I love the bowl with on the rim. I think you used it in another blog post, if my memory is correct!Warm regards, Christina
Thank you, Christina. This is one of my favorite bowls. Yes, I like to use it for photographing flowers and fruits because the colors of the bowl glaze and the crackle finish are visually interesting. Have a great day!
Frost? Already? Noooo! Pretty rescue.
To be honest, early to mid-October is our "normal" time for our first frost. Then, we frequently have a warming spell, which is sometimes referred to as "Indian Summer." The cold nights really bring out the color in the deciduous trees, but yeah--the end of the growing season is rather abrupt and a bummer. Time to dream about next year's garden!
They look pretty rescued from frost flowers on a plate. Regards.
Thanks, Giga. So sad to see them go. Oh well, that's what happens here in the north. Happy autumn to you!
A beautiful reminder of summer.
Sadly, it is done. What I don't pick tonight and tomorrow will freeze. Thanks, Lisa.
A stunning display, and a gorgeous photo Beth! Farewell to summer and all its blooms.
Thanks, Donna. The finality of the first hard frost is a reminder of the impermanence of life. Time to read books, sit by the fire, crochet, and dream of next year's garden.
Beautiful, but I am sad to hear you will be having frost already. Over here they had snow in Holland, Belgium and Germany today – no snow in London though, not for months, if at all :-)
Hopefully, it will be many weeks before we have snow! But the first frost/freeze will be here on Friday night/Saturday morning. My garden will look entirely different in the morning. I will pick all the flowers I can for a "last hurrah" bouquet!
bowl full of treasure, and that border sings.
Yes, indeed, Diana. Treasures (and memories) aplenty. :)
A loving rescue! I hate the thought of frost, but we have a few more days here.
I don't like it either. We had an unusually mild, summer-like September, so the transition to cold autumn weather is faster this year. Our first frost and first freeze will happen on the same night--Friday into Saturday. :(
Nights have got much chillier here too. Oh dear..
I guess it's to be expected. But I'm not ready yet. Mother Nature isn't giving me any choice. Time for sweaters, coats, and gloves.
I'm trying to think positive thoughts. Love the sumac staghorn.
Good strategy, Linda. I guess one positive thing is that people's allergies will be gone ... and the mosquitoes will be done for the year ... and it is "normal" for us to have frost in mid-October. Re: the Sumac -- yes, I cheated and added a few seed heads to the bowl, to give us some hope for the next growing season. :)
Love this. ~~Dee
Thanks, Dee. It was fun, and once I started thinking about all the blooms still in the garden it gave me a moment of gratitude. :)
We're supposed to get pretty frosty, too. I think I'll be treasure hunting for sweet potatoes soon. Love that zinnia. It looks like a pincushion. :o)
Yum--sweet potatoes! We just had sweet potato fries last night. So easy and delish! I do believe the Zinnia in the photo is the prettiest one of the season. It's funny how sometimes annuals seem to put on their loveliest show just before the frost. Stay warm!
Thank you, Endah. It was a great garden year here, so I should be thankful instead of sad. I will try to adjust my attitude. ;-)
Beautifully arranged in that bowl, good idea to rescue them.
Thanks, Sue. Some float better than others. I was trying to get it all "perfect," and then I gave up and just started taking pictures. I'm thankful the flowers shared their beauty during this amazing growing season.
Stunning but you had to ruin it all by using the 'F' word. Next you'll utter the 'W' word. Brr. I'm not ready!
NO! You will not hear me saying the "w" word! I don't even like to say it when it happens! Ugh. I'm never ready for the "w" word. I try to stay positive about it, but it just doesn't work. Truly the only problem with living in Wisconsin (IMHO).
A perfect mandala for meditation!
Thanks, Linda. Putting them all together and reflecting on their bounty is helping me to cope (I guess). I don't handle the cold very well.
Beautiful!! Glad the blooms were rescued from impending frost!
Thanks, Tina. I will rescue more tonight and tomorrow. Our first frost and freeze will happen at the same time this year--Friday night into Saturday. I think I'll read a good book to deal with the dramatic transition. Blech.
am interested in the name of the all red fuchsia Beth but aside from that, what a charming collection - actually they would look as pretty with frostings. Just dropping the temps a bit here now too - 13 C today in London
Thanks, Laura. I think you have had cooler temps recently than we have, but that is about to change as we suddenly plummet into the cold abyss. ;-) The magenta/red Fuchsia is my all-time favorite: 'Marinka.'
It's that time of year, isn't it?Temps are supposed to drop to around 36 here this wknd. Not sure if that will result in frost or not...Anyway, I think you did the right thing rescuing a little beauty :)
Yes, it is. It's warm here today, but windy from the northwest and it will be cold tomorrow. Our first frost and freeze will be on Friday night into Saturday. Brrrr... I'm cold just thinking about it.
Beautiful living still-fife!
Thanks, Lula. Mother Nature blessed us with an amazing growing season this year. The flowers and produce were plentiful. So, I should be thankful. Trying to readjust my attitude. ;-)
What a beautiful way to mark the end of the season. I suppose it's crazy to hope that spring is right around the corner?
Thanks, Loree. Thanks for that kernel of hope. Only ... let me think ... only about 6.5 more months until frost-free nights and next year's warm-season plants. Hmmmm.No, maybe it's more like 6.0 months. Better.
I love that picture!Greetings, Sofie #26http://sofies-succulent-beads.blogspot.be
Thank you, Sofie. It was a good growing season for us. I'm a little sad to see it go. But it is time. Happy GBBD!
What a pretty assortment. From an allergy standpoint, the coming frost/freeze will be welcome, but it will be sad to see the blooming season end.
Well, now I feel like a liar. We didn't have a killing frost ... actually not much frost at all. Did you? I saw frost on the roof this morning, but my annuals are still healthy and full of buds. Maybe I'll get another bouquet out of the cutting garden. Wow!
Oh how sad they all finish, but that dish bowl is beautiful. At least they are still lovely indoors.
Thanks. We didn't get the predicted frost yet. So, it looks like I'll have flowers for at least another week. This is very unusual for us this late in the season.
I am running around trying to decide what goes into the house for overwintering and what doesn't. I think this is the time of year I dislike the most in the garden, but we have no choice, do we?
Well, surprisingly we didn't get a killing frost as was predicted. And there's no frost in the forecast for the next 10 days! Wild. I even saw some bees out in the garden today.
Thank you, Carla. It has been a great growing season!
What a pretty way to keep these flowers a little while longer! It's supposed to dip below freezing here tonight, too. My plan is to cover up as much as possible tonight--we'll see what survives.
I can't believe we didn't get a freeze here. Must be the effects of El Nino already. This week is supposed to be mild again. Yay!
We finally moved house yesterday so I could get in my first Bloom Day post for my new garden before the promised frost. I hope I'm forgiven for being a day late.
Oh, how exciting! You have a very good reason. Enjoy your new home!
How pretty do they look! Almost summer like ! I love the way you have displayed them. Little gems!
Thanks, Jane. Yes, they are little gems! Blessings of the summer. We didn't get the predicted frost, so I can enjoy them for at least another week. Yay!
I have covered a few still blooming, but it will be a freeze here
We were supposed to have a freeze, but we (my area, anyway) didn't have a killing frost. So, most of the flowers will still be blooming for at least another week, Hurrah!
How lovely! I did something similar last night and created a nice vase of the remaining blooms in my garden. I also took cuttings from fuchsias and coleus in an attempt to over-winter them. P. x
I should do that--make cuttings for overwintering. I think I will do that with the spike plant, the Oxalis, and definitely the English Ivy. But, surprisingly the forecasted frost/freeze didn't happen, so I have a little more time. Yay!
They look lovely in the pot, too! We had a cold night last night, and I'm surprised at the things that don't seem to have been affected. It's supposed to be even colder tonight, though, so we'll see...
Well, I feel like a liar. We didn't have a freeze. Maybe a very light frost, but not enough to kill anything. Most of my annuals still look great. I'd be embarrassed, but now I'm just feeling grateful. Of course, it will happen soon...
We've had our first frosts already, although not too much damage done. Well rescued Beth. They look great in your bowl.
Thank you, Angie. The impending frost/freeze wasn't as impending as I thought it would be. We made it through two chilly nights, but it must have been around 34F/1C. I saw frost on the roof, but none of the plants were affected much. And we don't have frost in the forecast for the next 10 days. Must be the El Nino effect.
Very pretty! Though still no predictions for frost around here.
Someone else from Evanston mentioned the same thing. We had the forecast, but didn't get the frost, although some people in the area did. I did see frost on the roof, but most of the plants didn't seem affected, except those that were going dormant anyway. So, now a little longer time with flowers. Yay! Only things is, all the pollinators are gone for the season. :(
It happened here as well. No more bees to speak of though.
We got close to frost, but no frost. And like your experience, the pollinators are pretty much gone. Kind of a strange time in the garden. But it's nice to have a few more mild days!
Oh heavens, Beth - I'm so sorry I missed your comment! I blame it on communication difficulties between WP and Blogger - fairly often I don't get a notice when someone posts a comment. Anyway, sorry... So, here we are, three weeks later. Did you get that frost yet? We're supposed to go down to 32 this week, and I'm still trying to get my houseplants inside. So much to do. Yikes - running out of time...!
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