Thursday, October 2, 2008

First Frost

You've got to be kidding me.

LOW TEMPERATURES WILL DIP INTO THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 30S ACROSS MUCH OF THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS FRIDAY MORNING...RESULTING IN AREAS OF FROST.

THE MAIN THREAT FOR FROST WILL EXIST IN VALLEY LOCATIONS NORTH AND WEST OF ASHEVILLE. ISOLATED SHELTERED LOCATIONS COULD BRIEFLY REACH FREEZING AROUND SUNRISE.

A FROST ADVISORY MEANS THAT FROST IS POSSIBLE. SENSITIVE OUTDOOR PLANTS MAY BE KILLED IF LEFT UNCOVERED.

I never noticed NOAA shouted until I copied and pasted that.

There's not a cloud in the sky. It is gonna get even colder. Now the good news is, with no wind, the really cold air sinks to the bottom and it should be warmer way up here in the morning than way down there.



Still, it is best to be on the safe side. The lovely box of tropicals from Terry in Raleigh, huddled together for a group photo showing all their growth over the summer before they headed inside. Anything below this morning's low of 40 isn't likely to make them happy anyway. I hope they can go back out soon for a nice Indian Summer.



There is a roadside vegetable garden still chock full of green tomatoes and uncooned corn. I hope it don't freeze. This could just turn into a freeze drill.

Other things like this mum will be just fine. Way back on Mother's Day when it arrived in a bucket from Tennessee, it was a tiny little sprout, just the notion of a plant. Now look at it.



Madame Stappers has perked up with the rains that began with Miss Fay. She is loaded with buds and may put on a nice fall showing. The dahlias folks grow in rows right in their vegetable gardens in these parts have been in full bloom for weeks. My recollection is that they continued to bloom for quite a while after the first few light frosts.



Of course my recollection was that the first frost last year was around the 10th of November. Blogs are handy for record keeping they say. Last years first frost was actually a bit earlier. Not quite this early though.

10 comments:

chuck b. said...

Hello, Mme Stappers! Isn't she lovely. It's okay if the season ends for her tonight. More important that she comes back again next year, is it not? She appears strong and vigorous, like that won't be a problem.

I've decided dark foliage is a desirable, bonus feature, and I'm going to focus on dark-leaved dahlias for my garden next year.

Frances said...

Hi Christopher, wowee on the elephant ears! That is quite the collection. Like you say, this may just be a drill, the green tomatoes should be okay, as everything else really, light frost is not killing frost. Your mums are ahead of mine, none open yet, they must be triggered by cold. Frost will not hurt them. We are in low forties in the mornings here, finally had to turn the heat on this morning, but it will warm during the day nicely. I agree about the dark foliage dahlias, tell Chuck that seeds from Thompson and Morgan, Bishop's children all have dark foliage and are fairly easy.
Frances
http://fairegarden.wordpress.com/

Lisa at Greenbow said...

The first frost is always such a shock. I am never ready for it.

The black elephant ear is really pretty. I have a couple of them that were given to me by a friend. They look good growing against a white fence. I have debated about whether to bring them in or offer them to the frost gods. I don't know if they would survive in the unheated garage. I guess it wouldn't hurt to try.

Siria said...

Hi Christopher! Wow..it is really cold there today. However, there is nothing like those crips days and that gorgeous clear sky! I have been wondering what plant I might have to share with you that you don't already have. Well, when I saw your collection of tropicals..I have one called Reina de la Noche which my brother gave me from a cutting he brought back from Venezuela. Mine is a huge beauty now. Any interest? If I propagated it now it would be ready to bring to you in Spring. It has a gorgeous fragrant bloom and only blooms at night.

Christopher C. NC said...

False Alarm!

Not even close, a low of 39 maybe.

Chuck I want to see the Madame bloom with more than one flower before she freezes. Over time I will find the best compliment for her burgandy foliage.

Frances I wish I could turn on the heat. Something is wrong with the furnace and the resident gardeners told me to wait to call for a repairman. They are gonna be cold tonight. I chopped plenty wood.

I'm not sure if I am going to store the Elephant Ear tubers, bring them iside or send them to Florida for the winter.

Yea Lisa it is a conundrum what to do with the EE's. I obviously will need a greenhouse at some point if I am going to live in this zone and fulfill all my gardening needs and desires.

Thanks for the offer Siria. Until I have a house of my own at the very least, I should keep tropicals to a minimum. Yes it was cold this am. 39/40 for a low again. The same for tonight.

Layanee said...

We are on countdown for frost here but I hope to get the squash under cover before that happens. Hope you didn't get it yet.

lola said...

Hi Christopher, nice shots of frost. Looks pretty. Funny how it likes the lawns first. I don't think it is as harsh under trees. I've discovered that even here in sunny Fl. That's quite a lot of tropicals you have there. I have both EE's. Mother use to take her EE in for the winter.

Christopher C. NC said...

The frost missed us on this attempt Layanee. Good, because I'd like all them tomatoes still out there to have a chance to ripen.

Lola I may have to store the EE bulbs in the basement for the winter. I got a couple of unfavorable looks when I said I might bring them in for the winter. The light quality inside isn't all that great either. Even with tons of windows the energy efficient glass blocks a lot of the good solar radiation plants need.

EAL said...

I didn't think you'd get a frost--way too early. So you will have to winter over those ears as I will mine--sigh, not looking forward!

lisa said...

"Freeze drill"...LOL! I've been going through those since late September, but we did get the real deal a couple weeks ago. Then it warmed back up nicely...for awhile.