On Thursday morning I looked out into the dark morning and saw frost – first on the frosted Knock Out red roses. Knock Out roses are very sturdy. This red rose bush has been blooming all season until now. It has been a hard year with intermittent rain and hot days, but this rose has persevered, though without its usual vivacity. I was worried if anything else had survived.
Amazingly the Coral Drift rose is still covering the bush with untouched bunches. No frost! I think she survived because she is living right next to the house and is sheltered. She is beautiful.
The Zinnias, tall and small, have shown some distress from the chill, but they were still looking pretty from my kitchen windows.
This salvia has not made a brilliant appearance all summer, but it has not given up. I think all those leaves protect the salvia from the frost.
It is the Sheffies that have not minded the weather, though I have to admit the Sheffies got a late start. Usually they start blooming in September, but this year they did not begin until October! It has been a very strange year in the garden.
Now my husband and I are raking leaves, digging up my single dahlia, raking up leaves, bringing my rosemary inside, raking up leaves – and having a pretty good time!