Frost is not the end, just the beginning of the end
We had our first frost on Monday, 26F (~-3C). And another frost this morning, 27F (also ~-3C). We often seem to skip the light frosts altogether and go straight for the hard stuff. Buh-bye, dahlias, cannas, and cosmos. But there are plenty of plants still blooming.And let’s not forget colchicums. I was recently called “the crazy cat lady of colchicums” but if someone had this many different daffodils no one would blink an eye: In the image at the very top, ‘Poseidon’ colchicums are blooming behind the foliage of ‘Dark Towers’ penstemon. I cut down its flower stalks shortly before the colchicums bloom. Several plants are on a second flush of bloom, brought on by cooler nights and a smidgeon of rain. It is just a gorgeous apricot color and has grown vigorously from the trial plants I was sent from Proven Winners early this summer. It’s called At Last™ because “at last” there is a disease-resistant, easy-care rose that’s also fragrant. I agree it has all of those qualities, but I think the David Austin roses in my garden are also easy-care and perhaps more fragrant. Of course, they might be easy-care for me because I am supposed to be doing things for them that I am not. At any rate, At Last™ is certainly the best apricot rose I’ve grown, and I just swoon with the beauty of it. But hey–true blue flowers in October? I’ll take it! So, yes, there are still a lot of plants that look good after a frost. In fact, frost brings out the best in some plants, a deepening of color and a sharpening of contrasts. But each succeeding frost takes its toll, and every week the foliage looks a little more ragged, and finally the ground freezes hard and snow blankets the earth. I won’t pretend that winter isn’t coming, but the first frost does not create a bleak wasteland.
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens. Check it out at May Dreams Gardens.