Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Nasties Escape the Freezer!


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.  

I'm growing Nasturtium "Spitfire" for the GROW project, thanks to ReneesGarden.com for the seeds.


  1. Wow! I didn't realize you had frost already. They still look good!

  2. We had some pretty cold temps earlier this week, but no hard frost, yet. Hopefully your weather has improved by now. :-)

    Your nasturtiums look pretty good, over all! Mine didn't care for the summer. They're looking a little better now, though.

    It was a fun project, wasn't it? I probably won't plant them again, though. Have a great fall!

  3. Our average first frost is between October 1 and October 15th...so I guess it was normal. Luckily, I got by with little trouble. Squeaking a few more weeks out of the season!

    I don't know if I would plant this particular kind of nasty again...though I do like nasties as a whole.

  4. They look pretty good for having survived a frost. I'll cross my fingers for you that you get a couple more weeks of warmth so you can save seeds from your plants.

  5. This is great...got to see such good work aftr long time...
    i hope u love works.



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