I went out and took some photos to document the garden before the frost. I'll probably go out tomorrow or the next day and get some frost pictures too. I still have a surprising number of plants that look pretty good. I do have to be honest, though, and admit that for the most part the garden right now looks terrible.
In fact, at this time of year, every year, I realize that I despise my garden. Everything is dead or dying and a soggy, mushy mess. I'm in a funk. I'd just like this gardening season to end, and for the next three months -- November, December and January -- to go by as quickly as possible. Spring comes early here -- starting in February -- when plants start nosing their way up through the soil. It can't come soon enough.
At this time of year, my garden is like that rich uncle on life support, who keeps hanging on and refuses to die. I just want to attend the reading of the will and find out what I've inherited.
|Panicum virgatum 'Rohtstrahlbusch' in afternoon sun|
|This Clematis keeps producing flowers|
|Fabulous Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame' is still going strong|
|Grevillea 'Marshall Olbricht'|
|Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' will probably be mush tomorrow|
|Ricinus communis 'New Zealand Purple' will probably also collapse after the frost|
My Mahonia x meadia 'Charity' are gearing up to flower profusely this year, even the one that lives in almost complete shade on the north side of the back porch.
As they say on Game of Thrones, "winter is coming."