Anyone who watches the weather knows it doesn't always follow a calendar system ~ if it wants to act like winter out of season, it most certainly will. That's exactly what's happening here tonight ~ with 2" of snow predicted to be on the ground by morning. Mercy, it seems early!
At least we have warning, right?? Which means the past two days were spent readying the garden for a blanket of white. You know it wasn't all work tho ~ of course time was taken to capture some last bits of fall!
'Autumn Brillance' Serviceberry for one. This year it got the chance to truly be brilliant:
As opposed to last year when everything froze and turned brown.
Above: The front garden (past it's peak) but the colors really were magnificent.
Made even better with the addition of a certain special black cat!
The last of the containers (to be overwintered) were dragged indoors, including Buddleia 'Orange Sceptre' still in bloom:
Another "goodbye walkabout" was conducted. Feel like deja vu???
It does to me too.
But this time, it's for real ~ or at least that's what we've been told. Three nights in the lower twenties should absolutely do it.
A lone, self-sown petunia (under the mugo pine) ~ barely opened just to face certain death:
for even the overhang won't protect it from this cold.
and I wonder about the ornamental kale too...
Fairy garden pieces including the little birdcage below were also collected (a pink geranium bud is in the background ~ maybe I should have saved it too??)
Despite big plans, a genuine fairy garden never got created this summer. The pieces just got stuck hither & yon. Next year for sure.... Gardening is good for that, right??
btw, I told myself I wasn't hauling SO MUCH inside this year but now it feels like the same amount (or more??????)
I really do "need" that greenhouse!!!! ;-)