Woke up to a dusting of snow. We ended up with 2 inches after flurries all day.
We had our first frost this morning. It was pretty much a killing frost - not so much in the upper yard, but the veggie garden is brown and droopy. We'd been hovering just above freezing for several mornings in a row. Luckily, we harvested the tomatoes, peppers and onions. I should have probably picked the rest of the tomatillos, but I've canned enough green salsa to last us a year and I've got all those tomatoes to deal with. The cukes and beans were about done, there were a few more melons that we brought in, and the cabbage should be fine for a little while. Time to put her to bed.
The fall color this year is outstanding. All the sumac is brilliant and the virginia creeper is turning bright red. The trees are just beginning to turn a bit yellow, but we drove to the coast last weekend and the vine maple was gorgeous on the passes, as well as the high mountain ash bushes. The daytime weather has been sunny and warm; the smoke is pretty much gone. There is fresh snow on the northern mountains.
Finished planting the vegetable garden today. We got the tomatoes in a few days ago, the peppers yesterday, and today I just had to pop in the melons & cucumbers and plant the beans. The cold crop section has weeds so high, you can barely see the plants, but other than that, it looks pretty good. The onions look good, but the raspberries could use some attention, and I don't know what to do about the blueberries. I'm thinking about yarding them out and letting the cilantro go to town there. There was one year it self seeded itself in that raised bed and we had cilantro all summer long! On the other hand, we've each eaten about 3 blueberries off those tiny little plants in 4 years and they aren't getting any bigger. OK, I just convinced myself.
I've been planting like crazy and trying my darnedest to catch up with the weeding. I think it's not possible. I got one section of the greenhouse garden squared away at least. I pulled out the tall white irises that wanted to flop over, (not in my prime real estate!), and the salvia plumosa that also flops and stinks as well. I hate weeding around salvias and they better look real pretty to justify that cat pee aroma that gags me. I planted a balloon flower and a liatris back in there where they used to be. I moved both the salvia and the irises out to the front bank. They can do whatever they want out there.
The little cold frame deal I bought for cheap was a great investment! It worked perfectly to harden off stuff as it came out of the greenhouse and the deer couldn't nibble on anything!
I spent a hard day digging out the willow end of the corner garden - weeded, fertilized, pruned the viburnum, removed wayward saplings, and mulched. Planted a couple more hostas and another sedge. I also moved one of the hostas from the front garden to the east side of the willow. I'd like to get that thing completely surrounded by something to make it look tidier without having to weedwack. We'll see how this hosta does, but I don't think they would fare so well on the west side of the tree where they would get that afternoon sun to some degree.
I really wanted to keep my momentum going and continue on down the garden the next day, but I have too many plants that need to get in the ground and will have to move on to another location with hopes of returning here and getting the whole garden finished sometime soon. I also planted petunias in the wheelbarrow.