The first frost really forces you to get going on cleaning up the garden! The big leaves of the paulownia cover the patio. They actual decompose very quickly but because of their size they seem a mess!
The flowering gingers and other herbaceous perennials all become mushy so the best tool to cut the stems are kitchen shears!
The sad looking beds of flowering gingers …
Become piles of mushy stems.
And don’t you love it when you find garden tools which had disappeared earlier in the season?
I wondered what happened to those? I was beginning to think I was having a senior moment and had sent them off for recycling!
Last night was the first hard frost.
The paulownia tree has dropped most of is large leaves over night! They dwarf the bird bath and The Buddha.
The Acuba plants and other evergreens also curl their leaves in a process know as abscission. It is thought that this may prevent moisture loss and prevent the leaves for freezing.
The basjoo bananas usually are not damaged until temps reach 25f so last night was right at the point of which they may have some damage.
The temperature will be up in the 50s by midday and 60s by midweek. This means a final leaf clean up and the beginning of winter maintenance!
Here in The Middle South I enjoy the Fall. Usually, Spring and Fall are short seasons but Autumn can be very colorful!
The basjoo bananas bloom and fruit!
Eastern Red Maple
Red Twig Dogwood
And camellia sasanqua
And walks around downtown Raleigh