Our first freeze was a few days ago with a low of 28. So it’s farewell to flowers and warm weather. Being forewarned by the meteorologists, we took an afternoon and hauled pot plants into the sheds. Of course, that time included cleaning out the sheds and carrying some things, like fertilizer spreaders, that won’t be needed this winter to the barn.
Both metal sheds have skylights and blown insulation. One has a heater sensitive to temperatures. That’s where ferns and other tender plants are stored. Plants that I don’t want to freeze but can survive some cold go into the other shed.
One final bloom from the tropical Hibiscus. I know I show a lot of pictures from this bush. But, in my defense, the flower color is stunning.
These small pots of Ajuga Bugel Weed (Ajuga reptans) go into the shed. If the plants were in the ground, then they should come survive. But I’m not sure how well they would do in the pots. Most often, Ajuga functions as ground cover, but I can’t decide where I want to use them.
The African Bulbine (Bulbine frutescens ‘Orange’) definitely has to be protected. It’s one of those plants sold way north from its home. Probably, the big box stores intend for customers to use them as annuals. Crazy me. I get attached to plants.
These mums are local buys that will be carried inside and out as needed for decorations. Then next spring, I’ll plant them in a flowerbed or larger pots.
This variety was bought at a grocery store – couldn’t resist.
The red tips caught my eye.
Roses were still blooming right up until the freeze. These are Knock-outs with some Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) in front.
Katy Road Roses are central Texas hardy that survive blazing summers and intermittent freezes during the winters.
I don’t know the name of this rose, but it, also, is a hardy bush here. Roses are actually easy to grow. Until we moved here, I didn’t have a place for them. They absolutely must have sun and some water. Drip system works well.
Yellow Knock Out Roses.
I always dread for the last blossoms on Duranta (Duranta erecta) to die because I know it will be months and months until they bloom again in late July.
Some of first signs of autumn here are the red berries and golden orangeish leaves on the Chinese Pistache tree (Pistacia chinensis).
The Red Oak leaves turning copper are next.
This is a different Red Oak, and it’s covered with acorns.
Finally, the berries on Possomhaw (Ilex decidua) get larger and turn bright red.
Nature is always in flux, as we must be.
May you and your family have time together to celebrate the blessings of life.
“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.” Psalm 95:1-2