First frost of 2011
Last night much of NH was predicted to have its first frost, so I spent about 1 1/2 hours after work bringing in eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, and basil. I used some for supper last evening and will spend today making pesto and garden stew for the freezer, which I know I will truly appreciate in the dead of winter.
I brought in a few of my smaller pots of tender perennials like begonias and coleus, and the larger pots were clustered under the eaves and covered with sheets. As the temperatures rise, I'll see how the covered pots weathered the cold temperatures. I always discover a few things that I forgot as I scurried around in the half-dark, so I'll also see what has turned to mush. Earlier in the week I noticed that my Amsonia hubrichtii was just starting to get a slight gold cast, but I fear that now it will once again have lost its foliage without turning that lovely clear golden color. Perhaps I should move it to a spot near a sunny stone wall or foundation in the hopes of keeping it warmer for long enough to enjoy one of this plant's best features. We are due for one more cold night and then a weekend warm-up, so I'll probably deal with the rest of the pots over the weekend, storing some tubers and taking cuttings.
Who else has had frost? Like last year, this is a relatively late first frost for us since the recent tropical rains have kept recent nights in the 50's here.