I know a lot of folks in the Northern hemisphere have already had their first fall frost — people have been talking about harvesting frenzies, or throwing sheets over tomatoes and eggplants to gain a few more days of growth. Going by recent history, the first frost will arrive here within a week to 10 days.
That’s right, I’m actually looking forward a frost, either hard or soft. Then, I’ll be able to cut down my withered tomato vines without feeling guilty, without thinking I should let the leafless stalks hang on a bit in case those shrimpy, greenish tomatoes actually ‘vine ripen.’ I can chop down some of the overgrown annuals, like the Cleome that still has a few flowers blooming at the end of stems that weeks ago fell over.
Most of all, I’ll be able to enjoy a walk about in the early morning light, mug of steaming coffee in hand, and not be tempted, even a little, to bend down and pluck out a weed. Or deadhead a marigold. Or wish I had planted something different, something more, something better suited.
I’ll start to enjoy the garden, all over again.
In the meantime, some annuals, in particular, are really enjoying this first week of October. And leaves on trees and shrubs are, of course, continuing to morph into glorious shades as chlorophyll retreats from foliage. Here are six from my garden – to see more from around the world (including from the Southern hemisphere, which is now showing glorious spring photos), head on over to The Propagator’s site, where, in the comments, you’ll find dozens and dozens of links.