We were under our first frost warning of the season last night. The town people were going to be fine, but we that live in the "outlying areas" were cautioned to cover our plants. I think it seems a little early for this, but I've not kept track over the years either. Victory Seeds says our average first frost date is September 25th, so it's coming, I guess.
In any case, we covered the brugmansias, which are just getting ready to put on a big show of bloom, the amaryllis, which I will be digging up any day anyway, and the bougainvillea, which I will be potting up for the winter anytime now, too. We also brought in the tender tropical houseplants.
It turns out we didn't have a frost, but at least we were prepared. The cool-down presented us with a day that was perfect for working in the gardens, and that's just what we did. It wasn't too hot, there was a slight breeze that kept the mosquitoes under control, and that blue, blue late summer sky hung over us all afternoon.
Why couldn't every day be like this?