Sunday, October 7, 2012

Frost Bouquets

A couple of weeks ago, we had one night where frost was predicted. It was a bit early and thank goodness, we managed to slip under the radar that night. It was patchy around us, but we have just enough tree cover that afforded us a bit of protection.

Tonight, we won't be that lucky, I'm afraid. They're predicting a low of 29° and if we hit that, it won't just be a dusting of frost, it will be a freeze. I got the last of the tender plants put in the conservatory or brought into the house for the winter, but there was one other thing left to do that's de rigueur on the eve of the first real frost/freeze.

The cosmos are blooming like there's no tomorrow and for them, there isn't. The zinnias that I planted too late (by seed) just started blooming two weeks ago and are loaded with buds. The rains in recent weeks did the roses a world of good and so many of them are blooming as if it were June. So what's a gardener to do?

Make frost bouquets.

When frost is imminent, I cut flowers and bring them in. No frost is going to have the pleasure of ruining my flowers' good time. I'll get to enjoy them for another week and I don't have to put a coat on to do it.


pogo said...

I did the same thing, but my first frost was a couple weeks ago. I still have lots of flowers from those bouquets.

Lea said...

Very pretty indoors!
We have another couple of weeks before frost is predicted here in the southern U.S.
Have a wonderful day!
Lea's Menagerie

ruthie said...

So Beautiful!

Jenny said...

I usually do this every fall but I had to let them go this year. My son has developed such allergies as he's grown up that this year I couldn't bring in cut flowers at all.

I guess it's a good thing I love to garden, I can still enjoy them outside & my houseplants inside.

Unknown said...

Kylee, your frost bouquets are beautiful! Those cosmos are stunning. We still have a little longer before frost in Upstate SC, but I'm always such a grump when the first killing frost arrives. I'm going to change my attitude and borrow your idea to enjoy frost bouquets! Such a lovely idea. Thanks for sharing!

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

They are so beautiful! And how wonderful it must be to have your house filled with so many gorgeous bouquets. I linked to your post in my post today (partly as a reminder to myself to do the same thing).

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