October 29, 2007

First Frost

Early morning view of the tropical bed, in front of the greenhouse showing the effects of last nights 26 degree temps. Frost brings the summer growing season to an end throughout much of Southern New England.

Just the night before, the Brugmansia toots thier last horns as the sun sets, and temperature plumets.

Another strange weather phenom to document in the record books. With 70 - 85 degree F temps this fall, we finally recieved a killing frost, and in fact, our first frost of the season, at that. It was swift and sure, and after spending much of yesterdat hauling tubs of plants and trees into the protection of the greenhouse, the rest, we left to be covered with sheets,or to fend for themselves.
Why is it what the Brugmansia always seem to bloom the most the night before the killing frost? Ours we're decked out in hundreds of the hanging, fragrant, angels trumpets. Only to become frosty horns and then transparent mush the following morning.

Today also marked the day the the greenhouse heater had to be turned on for the first time.

Nerine sarniensis hybrids

Nerine sarniensis shot against the fall foliage lit by the setting sun.

Oxalis lupinifolia

Other greenhouse chores included moving in all of the South African bulbs that were enjoying the late fall sunshine, so all oxalis, Velthiemia (who really enjoyed the rains and strong sun, which strengthened thier leaves hopefully so they wont be as brittle) and the nerine, all moved into new sand beds in the rear of the greenhouse. These are the old raised aluminum beds from the alpine house,which I decided will get more use in the heated greenhouse. besides, I need more room!

October 15, 2007

Some fall garden moments

A new focal point in the blue and gold garden- a super-deluxe Purple Martin house.
This post of the tiny tender bulb known as Northoscordum montevidense var. montividense broke out of it's summer dormancy exactly one month ago, when I began the autumn waterering routine with the summer-dorman South African and Southern Hemisphere bulbs, this easy yellow over-performer loves the cool conditions of the alpine house and the cool greenouse in the winter (true bulbophiles will surely squable over the latin on this one, since this is a bulb whose taxonomy seems to change weekly, so I am sticking with this name until someone advises me wiser!). Who cares, it's still beautiful.
Before I begin posting again next week, here are just a few moments from this busy time of greenhouse glass fixing, moving plants back into the greenhouse for the winter, late summer gesneriads in the greenhouse, early cyclamen species and the new martin house installed last week in the new garden that I am constructing on the east-exposure of the house, and in front of the greenhouse. Only thing left to do now, plant a few hundred bulbs of galanthus (snowdrops) and lillium (lily bulbs) to plant which just arrived in the mail, and about 150 boxwoods. Oh yeah, and finish my book!
Seems like my camera is acting up too....no time to fix that, just yet.

Off to bed!

Blog Break for two weeks.

Folks, Im taking a break until Oct 19
due to the deadline for my book.
Thanks for visiting, see you next week!