Then it can warm up again for a few days, but not get too warm, while I clean up the garden, empty out the containers, and put all the garden doo-dads away for the winter.
You see, I need that first frost to trigger something inside me to start serious garden clean up. Without it, I seem to be able to pretend winter isn't going to happen, again, and there is plenty of time before the snow flies. I putter around in the fall garden but don't seem to make much progress.
But there isn't much time left. Times a-wasting, let's get going. Bring on the frost!
I know it might mean the end of this foxglove, with a nice new bloom that I didn't notice for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day last week. If I had noticed it, I would have made a big fuss over it, and perhaps featured it as the "lead" flower instead of tomato blossoms. Maybe it just started blooming?
But this is no time to be sentimental about a bloom! If we have to sacrifice this bloom to the first frost, so be it. Let's just move this end of the season along. Chop chop, hurry up!
Notice that I left an earlier bloom stalk on the foxglove, hoping seeds will mature and fall to the ground to germinate somewhere in the garden. I am also hoping that I'll have the good sense not to mistake the foxglove seedlings for honest-to-goodness weeds and pull them in the spring.
Really, I was ready for the end of the season, and then I saw this.
It's one of the Delphiniums that I started from seed this spring and it's sending up a bloom stalk, getting ready to bloom.
It's not a towering gigantic Delphinium but Delphiniums have alluded me for so long, I'll welcome any bloom from one.
Yes, this Delphinium bloom changes everything.
Why hurry up this end of the season? What's the big rush?
Let's just slow this whole change of seasons down a bit, shall we? Let the first frost wait until this Delphinium has bloomed, or at least bloomed enough that I can cut it and bring it inside to enjoy.
Is that too much to ask?