The garden faced its first frost of the fall last Saturday (October 6th).
About average for us (as far as the date) but bittersweet as always....
Occurring just as many perennials were producing a few new buds (above Clematis 'Hagley Hybrid')
and Phlomis 'Russeliana'.
'Sweet Autumn' Clematis had almost finished blooming (above photo taken earlier) but forecasts with predicted lows of 23 (!!) mean work for the gardener had just begun.
Pots of tender tropicals made the journey indoors, pouting all the way.
Remaining vegetables were harvested with sighs at all the lost potential left on the vine.
It sounds morbid but final rounds were made throughout the garden to say goodbye for another year. Does anyone else do that?
Particularly sad for blooms like anemones which had only just begun to open.
Lavish bouquets were cut & gathered.
Only to wake & see the garden was spared. Wonder of wonders. A light frost, taking out only the tenderest of annuals.
Thank you Mother Nature ~ however prolonged it may be...