Playing Catch-up

– Posted in: Weather

My original intention was to photograph each colchicum variety at its peak and post on it that same day. Events such as rain, my back trouble, and the fact that I am the IT person for the family computer conspired to throw me off track, not to mention the usual duties of a homeschooling mother of a large family. I am hoping over the next several days to introduce you to some of my pets, but alas, there will be a time lag between when they bloomed and when you hear about them. Now for a few bits of miscellany:

Judy, did you say rain and snow fell on the fires? Does that mean you have had your first frost for this cold season? Sarah of Waiting for Spring apparently has.

Meanwhile, Texas gardener Erica of Garden Spot rejoices that her tomatoes are finally taking off again after the long, hot summer. That’s how different gardening can be in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Right here in Purdyville we think we might get our first frost tonight, though the weatherman predicts it will merely get down to 38 degrees F. I’m feeling pretty wishy washy about it at this point, because it’s raining right now, and that usually keeps the temp from dropping. Tomorrow night it’s almost a certainty, as they’re predicting low 30’s for the whole area. So we shall see . . .

Well, there’s a young lady here that needs her diaper changed awful bad, so I’d better start on the colchicums later.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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