First frost.

Last night was the coldest night this season. The ground and houses all have a white coating this morning as did the car windshields.

And most of the tropicals look like they have some frost damage.

The gingers have some frost damage, too, but the flowers look fine!

There are a few tomatoes in the garden which were green last week but have ripened now. I will have to eat them tonight!

The ginkos around town are beautiful. This is a female in Hargett Square across from town hall. It produces plenty of fruit with the tasty nuts inside. They do not smell as bad as most state they do!

A few maples around town have held on to their leaves.There are so many hybrids now and many of those are a cross between several species.

My favorite flower at this time of the year are the Camellia sasanquas!

Two days until Thanksgiving! So the first frost is right on time!



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Fall is soup time but let’s talk about plants!

But let’s talk about the garden. Tonight it will dip down to the low 40s! Brrrr! The Blue Mist Flower (Conoclinium coelestinum) is still blooming strong, though! Their unruly mounds and aggressive nature is forgiven!

The annual poinsettias are loaded with seeds and are beginning to fizzle out! I will collect the seeds and drop them in the areas where I would like to see them next year.

I will redistribute the dwarf palmetto seeds, too, to prevent unwanted volunteers!

The mahonia are beginning to bud, too! They are usually blooming by thanksgiving and bloom through the the winter. The yellow scapes of flowers are followed by blue berries.

And it’s time to take cuttings of the hardy begonias to begin new plants for next spring and increase their presents in the garden. They root easily in water. The mother plants will come back up the roots in the Spring.

Now I am just waiting for the leaves of the oaks and maples to fall for the compost !


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More Fall bloomers…

Osmanthus are great Fall blooming shrubs. They produce white to orange blooms depending on the species which are so fragrant they can fill an entire garden with sweetness!

About ten years ago I plant four holly-leaved osmanthus along the area where I park. They have grown to about 15 feet high and are covered in tiny white flowers with a sweet fragrance! I wish I had planted more. They grew so wide I had to trim a few limbs which had grown over the parking and I attempted to root the cuttings but had no success.

The flowers are tiny but extremely fragrant.

One of my favorite Fall bloomers is Blue Mist Flower, also known as Wild Ageratum, Blue Boneset, or perennial ageratum (Conoclinium coelestinum (formerly Eupatorium coelestinum))

It is a tough plant which multiplies by runners to almost the point of becoming weedy but in the October your are rewarded with beautiful flowers. Pollinators love them because not much is blooming at this time.

By this time of the season the Basjoo bananas are rather large and every area of the garden is shady and looks weedy. I will begin to thin out most plants which have finished blooming or have grown too large. It is also a great time to use those cutting to make new plants!

I have discovered English muffins recently. I don’t know why I haven’t purchased them before? They are great with homemade chicken salad and heated for about 20 seconds in the microwave or even to make a homemade egg McMuffin! A nice bite to eat! ¬†

I am enjoying the cooler weather–finally!


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