It’s a Killer!

Like all good things, the beautiful summer we had here in Upstate NY had to come to an end, and last week, a killing frost stopped the flow of veggies like tomatoes and peppers, summer squash and green beans. We still have lots of kale, rutabagas, beets, carrots and brussels sprouts to enjoy, but the time of trying to cram more tomatoes into the freezer is over for another year. I can’t say I am real sorry about that, because while I love doing it, putting up tomatoes does get to be a bit of chore by the time we are done. Tomatoes are tyrants, and if you don’t get them taken care of, they will not stick around waiting on you. They just go bad, and nothing upsets my resident gardener more than seeing something he grew go bad.

That same frost signaled the end of my flower gardens for another year as well, which is always rather painful. I do love winter actually, but it always lasts longer than my affection for it, so by the time I get to see new stuff growing again I will be really tried of seeing snow. Still – as is the case with many things, the bad is mixed with the good as these photos will prove. The frost adds a beauty all its own to the garden, but if you want to enjoy it, you need to get out there before the sun comes along and melts the pretty stuff away. This a “Mary Stoker” Dendrathema, which is a type of Chrysanthemum. It’s been pretty all through the late summer and fall, and the flowers of its last hurrah get a nice frosty coating. The Helenium I mentioned a couple weeks ago was still looking pretty nice.The weed grasses got ahead of me in a few spots, and they look pretty nice with frost on them too.I have been trying for a couple years to get this pink anemone eradicated from this bed, because it clashes with the other colors in there, but it is stubborn stuff, and so far, this is a battle that I am losing. It does look pretty nice with a ruffly edge of frostiness.More helenium.Every year, I pot up a miniature rose for our front porch, and in the fall, I stick in the garden where it grows happily for a few more years. This is the last rose of the summer, which opened fully later the same day.And finally, the sun hits the last few crumbs of frost, shining through the now transparent flower petals, sending this helenium out in a blaze of glory.

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8 Responses to It’s a Killer!

  1. annbb says:

    Such beautiful photo you’ve taken! That rose and the pink helenium are just perfection!

  2. Louise says:

    That rose is gorgeous! Really nice pics but sadness for me as I don’t share your love of winter. The best I can do is a grudging tolerance. Though the dogs and I are enjoying nice fall walks on the rail trail here. I bet it will even be pretty in winter…..

  3. Donalyn says:

    Thanks Anne!
    L- I am way too stubborn to be hatin on the weather half the year – roll with the punches I say. And – I work at home :)

  4. Emma says:

    I know poor little plants hate frost but those pics are beautiful, especially the first one and the rose …

  5. Kate says:

    Incredibly beautiful frost photos, Dlyn! Just love them.

  6. Trisha says:

    What beautiful shots of the frost!

  7. Donalyn says:

    Thanks ladies – your appreciation means a lot!

  8. CM says:

    Really beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing them! … sadly, another garden season ends without your favorite cousin seeing it in person (I am your favorite … ain’t I?)

    Love, CM

    PS – I’m proud of you for getting up so early in the morning to catch these pictures! ; )

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