We had a thick, heavy frost in Langley last night - an irony that such a sparkling, bright glitter means death to seasonal plants. Already this morning, the coleus that was full and lush yesterday is a black heap, fragrant heliotrope collapsed and the begonias, too, are goners.
It's so unusual to have such a serious frost this early and first-off - we can usually expect several light frosts as warnings to bring plants indoors for the winter or kiss them goodbye.
Honestly, isn't it kind of a relief to have such decisive weather bring the gardening season to a close? It's time to scoop away the remnants of hostas, asters, geraniums and dahlias and find room to plant bulbs or just let the earth breath in the open air after the denseness of the autumn garden....and the frost is so beautiful, kissing the hydrangeas and maples with its pale, shimmery crystals....but, have you ever seen frost on Japanese maple leaves before? Usually the leaves are long gone before we get such a serious frost...an omen of winter weather to come?