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    First Frost

    In two weeks!

    I hope they change that forecast! I know that most of you are experiencing frosts now or soon, but two weeks is too early for me. I am used to first frost at Thanksgiving tme.

    I am simply not prepared!

    I keep looking at the forecast, saying that cannot be, but I refuse to get discouraged!

    Actually, there are very few plants that will sustain no frost whatsoever. I know that I can manage, with Hunter's help, to get those into a protected area.

    I suppose I will let my amaryllis that are flourishing outside, be bitten by the old man frost, then bring them inside. At least the frost will kill the annual weeds. The leaves will die back, and I will cut them. Then it is only a matter of the warm spell afterward, when the leaves start to grow again, and knowing when to water and when not to water.

    True winter will not be here until the last half of December. We will have lots o warm days between now and then, with a few days of near frost (frost for me)!

    I will not complain! It has been one hot summer with too little rain! I think I am ready for winter.
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    Our hard freeze will be Monday and Tuesday nights.
    This was the weekend of the peony--9 peonies relocated to the new bed(that includes 1 peony that split into 3). I also set up 3 clematis against two trellises in the same bed. The clematis had really good roots despite the cruel and unusual punishment that I have subjected them to since buying them on sale LAST year. 2 have been in those tiny suare pots all the time--the other in a quart. I have 2 Presidents and 1 Miss Bateman. I sure hope they live through winter. I tried planting them high. Within the past hour I had a revelation to put bricks 2 high square around them to keep the soil high and for warmth.
    The catmint was looking better until the sun beat down on it and it fainted again. I gave it root stimulator. I think it'll be OK.
    Gotta run for din-din. Later !
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    It was not supposed to be, but our temps dropped below 40 degrees, about 38, and there was a heavy frost on my car windows. Go figure, this is not supposed to happen until we get down to 32, but every year, I see it when it gets down below 40.

    Bummer! Hunter helped me bring in some tender plants, like the epi's to make sure they would not be harmed.

    Despite lp problems, I did manage to get outside to check the damage. I have some melted plants, but most seem to be okay.

    Hugs!
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    My brugs in the yard, and almost everything else is fine (just a little frost bite), but indeed, 38 degrees brings a heavy frost here. It is not supposed to be, but it happens, and I deal with it.

    The amaryllis do not seem to care, and niether do the daylilllies.

    I have about two more weeks before a real freeze (as opposed to a frost).

    There is so much to do between now and then. It is time to teach Hunter how to help me to staple the plastic on the porch.

    Quite honestly, I am ready for cooler weather, but not freezing cold...

    Bummer!
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    YIKES!

    The lowest forecast said that it was going to get down to 35 degrees. When I woke up this morning, it was 31.

    Then it dropped to 30 just before daylight and it is now 31 again.

    Yesterday, when I came home, I still had beautiful blooms. Today, it will be a different story. Fall blooms are now gone for the year.

    Winter has arrived...
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    These days I am glued to the 7 day forecast-always looking at the lows. I have covered my plants at least two times in the past 3 weeks(over up to a 3 day period--for the lows). This coming 7 day forecast tells me that it is time to bring the lily pots into the garage and corral the daylily seedlings: 29,27,24 starting Tuesday night.

    I bought some sale bulbs today. A gorgeous double tulip called Creme Upstar. I love Tacoma and it reminds me of it. I think I read it's a descendant of Tacoma. 8 bulbs for close to $3.
    I also got 30 Dutch iris bulbs--mostly Silver Beauty but 7 'mixed' ones as well. I'm terrible when it comes to packaged bulbs. If the bag says 30 and there are 7 dried up ones, you can bet I'm going to open one of the other bags and get my 7 good ones. Mind you, I only do that way end of season when all the bags are full of dried bulbs and I know in less than a week all of them will be in the trash.
    So, more planting days ahead for me ! Cold planting days !
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    Cold planting days are actually nice, after the extreme heat of recent months, aren't they?

    I was sad when I came home today, but it was better than I expected.

    The north side plants are wilted to the ground. Gingers are now dormant and need to be brought inside.

    Only a few remaining Amaryliss are wilted. The others seem to be just as perky as ever. They were somewhat protected.

    The brugs on the south side of the porch lost the leaves, but their main stems seem fine. The south side brugs, hibiscus and other subtropicals seem to be same as usual.

    Everything on the south side did just fine, just a few freeze burns.

    I don't mind most going dormant, but I have a presentation to give at a local garden club on the 20th, and I hoped to give some cuttings to club members. It looks like I will still have some!

    Not as many as expected, but some...
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    Well, Well...

    Not all was lost!
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    But! It is time for winter when I see these start to open.

    My early blooming Camellia...
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    It is about 10 foot tall now and absolutely loaded with buds!

    Camellias are our winter blooming friends. I should plant more!
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    Ah Camellias ! I have a soft spot for them ! When I lived on Long Island, Mom and I would go to the Planting Fields arboretum in Oyster Bay and they had the most gorgeous indoor display of camellias . Keep those photos coming !

    One of the largest collections of camellias under glass in the northeast:
    http://www.plantingfields.com/02_03/plant_month.cfm
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    Nice, Cathy!

    We tend to take them for granted because they grow so beautifully, here.

    Blooming in the winter is a blessing. There are many camellia specialists, and they tend to make special treatment to the blooms to make them bigger.

    I tend to like it better when there are more smaller blooms than a few larger ones.

    This particular one produces seeds, and if it does, would you like to grow one for your mother?
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    Yes, Ann Thank you ! If it does produce seeds this year , please let me know. (I had to look and see if they grow in Florida--yes they do. In the quest for that answer I first found-LOL!- the Camellia Club of Mobile formerly known as the Men's Camellia Club of Mobile est 1940, then I found the Camellia Club of Gainesville FL !)
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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