And the Frost came…

Frosted front garden  while I was away.  I knew it had come, and dreaded the sight would greet me upon my return.  Death everywhere, beginning in the Front Garden as I pulled into the driveway.  Of course at the time, it was too dark to see, but I knew it would look just like the picture above this morning…and it did.  It does….

I made a cup of strong tea to bolster my courage before I journeyed across the frost-covered lawn to the potager.  The perky marigolds that have been stalwart edgers along the central paths for months could not survive 31 degree nights.  The pumpkin vines on the lower right are goners.  Frosted edging  The blackened pepper plants were to be expected.  Frosted peppers  I should have picked more before I left.  Oh well….  And the same for the very last planting of beans, which were almost ready when I left, but for some reason, none of the people who watered or came to pick while I was gone saw them.  Sad, really, as they were lovely.  Frosted beans  Now they are mushy.  Not appealing or usable.   Frosted cannellini The shade provided by the climbing cannellini beans over the old bench is no longer.  It will be many months before I can sit shaded there.  Sigh!  A southern specialty, the black-eye peas on the fence wish I had taken them with me to the South, I’m sure.  Frosted black eye  However, the purple-toned mustard and the young rows of spinach are entirely happy with the cooler weather.  They love autumn.  I celebrate that some things are still merrily growing.  Just look at the color of this bed of “OutREDgeous” lettuce!  Lettuce Outredgeous  And soon all those black, dead plants will be piled on the compost bins and the garden will be tidy and pretty again.  It did not rain much while I was away, so the garlic has not emerged, but there was a big storm that took out power and brought down tree limbs, so now one of the tree roses is tilted.  Rose Tilted  It’s best not to dwell on what is lost, but to concentrate on the positives.  There are dahlias to dig, bulbs to plant, and poly-tunnels to erect.  There are still carrots to dig, leeks to harvest, and beets to pickle.  Chin up!  Carry on!  Move forward.  There will be lovely gardening days ahead, and I’d better make the most of them.  31 will tumble to 13 before we know it!

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About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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14 Responses to And the Frost came…

  1. What a disheartening sight for you to arrive home to! Those frosts can certainly be a killer! So sorry for your poor garden. Losing harvest you’ve spent so much time tending is so disappointing. But as you say, there will be lovely gardening days ahead and lots to do to prepare for the new season.
    Happy gardening! xx

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    • carolee says:

      I do hate to see mushy beans and peppers, but frankly, I’m out of room in the freezer and on the shelves anyway, so I suppose next year I should plant less! Maybe more flowers?

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  2. I’m in Colorado and we had a similar event happen to our garden a week and a half ago, three weeks earlier than usual. 😦 The only survivors were the swiss chard and asparagus! Carry on until next year I guess!

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    • carolee says:

      I really can’t complain, because our frost was about 6 days later than usual, but I always struggle when it comes even after all these years. Once I get over the sense of loss, I will enjoy the winter and all its planning time. Colorado is a beautiful place to spend a winter!

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  3. bcparkison says:

    We haven gotten there yet but doesn’t matter. Nothing here to hurt. lol Maybe Spring will be another time of planting.

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  4. Usually l few pretty disheartened by frost, too, but this year I snuck outside early in the morning and took some beautiful icy photos before everything totally died. I posted them, if you’re interested. Getting lots of beautiful pics made me really feel weirdly positive about the frost and change of season.

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  5. Oh it is sad! The only thing that makes it better is knowing that next year we can do it all again! 😁.

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  6. JOY journal says:

    Oddly, your garden is beautiful even in death. Here, I miss the sound of crickets.

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  7. sarasinart says:

    It’s always sad when it’s done. But the good Earth will take a rest and get ready for us to have a new garden in the spring.

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  8. Same in Maine. A little sad, but I do love fall and even winter, despite the cold and hardship it brings.

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