Heavy Frost

A coating of heavy frost covered the foliage in our gardens creating a chilly but peaceful scene.

Heavy frost photos NEPA Frost Crabtree Gardens Frosty Morning1The temperature dropped to 23.5degrees F here in Drums, PA this morning, October 19, 2015. Our area can receive light frost anytime after Labor Day in early September, so we have been quite lucky so far.

Heavy frost photos NEPA Frost Crabtree Gardens Frosty Morning Though we have had mornings in recent days that were below the freezing mark of 32degrees F, we were spared frost because of the wind.

Heavy frost photos NEPA Frost Crabtree Gardens Frosty Morning3Since this heavy frost has now blackened the leaves and stems of tender bulbs such as cannas and dahlias, it’s time to begin their removal for winter storage. It’s not a job we look forward to because it can require a strong back to lift the moisture-heavy, bulb-laden cannas. But the rewards are sweet with an abundance of new bulbs for the next year. I do hope to be able to get a post out with our canna digging process.

Heavy frost photos NEPA Frost Crabtree Gardens Frosty Morning4Heavy frost photos NEPA Frost Crabtree Gardens Frosty Morning5We use this time to transplant before the ground begins to freeze. Cooler temperatures and moisture in the soil will allow the transplants to take hold. We have had a good rate of transplant success moving young trees and shrubs at this time of year.

Heavy frost photos NEPA Frost Crabtree Gardens Frosty Morning2We had some snow pass through the region but no accumulation here. It won’t be too long before there will be a blanket of white covering the grass. Until then, there are plenty of jobs that need doing.

Make it a great day!

Sandi

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About crabtreegardens

I am a passionate decorator and the head gardener at Crabtree Gardens, LLC, which is a five acre naturalized garden located in Drums, PA. I advocate chemical-free, low maintenance gardening methods and working along with nature. I'm a freelance garden writer and member of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators.
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