Saturday and Sunday night we had our first freezing temperatures of the season. The first night, there was hardly any damage...only a little singe on the top of the basil. However, the next night, even though the temperature was one degree warmer, there was more damage. I guessed two nights in a row had its toll. I was pretty happy with the results though. All that got damaged was the tops of the squash plants and a few leaves here and there throughout the garden. Here you can see the pumpkin plants looking a bit freezer burnt.
Amazingly, the plants are still alive and doing okay.
Here, the moonflower plants have the same look.
I honestly expected the nasturtiums to be dead when I came out in the morning. But they were still shining their happy nasturtium perkiness. Some of my mounding nasturtiums are getting very big and lush since the temperatures cooled off at the beginning of September. They all seem to prefer the slightly cooler temps. I've learned that nasturtiums do not really care for extreme heat.
All my nasturtiums have an abundance of blossoms. This one has beautiful buttercream yellow blossoms that the moths love at night.
My spitfire is still doing well, if not a little dry. We haven't had any rain in over a week. The flower has taken on a funny mottled look.
Some of the nasturtiums have even decided to make a run for it. A few of them grew under the garage door. They look really funny because they are all flat and reaching for the sunlight.
The flowers are starting to look strange on this spitfire as well, but the plant is healthy and growing without any sign of frost damage.
No matter what, a frost or freeze that kills most of my summer plants will come soon, even though I snuck through this time. Maybe my sign should say, 'Welcome Fall, Good-bye Nasties...'
This was a wonderful experience, blogging and sharing with other gardeners about the same plant. I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to participate. I can't wait to do it again next year if possible.