October 6, 2009
Icy Fall Garden
Note to self: next fall turn OFF the sprinklers before the first frost so you don't create a man-made ice storm. Above, a delphinium spike curves under the weight of ice.
Icy drops on these Japanese iris leaves sparkle, while the hydrangea leaves on the right of the photo are melting, melting.
The dogwood trees didn't mind the frost or the ice, but our veggie garden turned to green-brown mush early Monday morning. From the wreckage of their vines, I picked 6 gourds, 7 watermelons and 0 pumpkins (another note to self - if you don't get the pumpkins planted in May next year, just forget about them).
The opened roses turned brown around the edges, but several blossoms have opened since the frost and are beautiful.
The weather around here abruptly turned fallish - brrrr - last week, so I should have been paying attention to the weather report and expecting frost. Above, Juncus 'Unicorn', aka corkscrew rush, is encased in ice.
But I've been a poor caretaker lately, just letting the garden languish into fall and ignoring the weather report. Doesn't the bright pink of this 'Eflin Pink' penstemon seem out of place in ice?
Hey, do you think my little ice storm will kill the aphid eggs on the roses for next year? Probably not, knowing that Murphy's Law applies especially to rose plants.
These iced Siberian iris leaves look like hands reaching . . . for winter? For spring, seven months away? Despite the calendar, it doesn't feel like spring around here until mid-May. I've gathered photos of the summer garden and stored them away for the cold months, now it's time to find out if I'll have enough to illustrate this blog through the winter. I may have to look at grey skies and snow for months on end but that doesn't mean you want to!