Six on Saturday – First Frost – November 9, 2019

We had a light frost last night. The coleus in the front window boxes need to be pulled out. I’ll stick evergreen trimmings in the soil for the winter. As I walked around the garden this morning I was surprised to see some confused plants.

  1. But first I want to showcase a gift my friend, Carol M, brought me yesterday.  A spray of sorghum heads with a turkey. I put it on the lattice in the back so I could see it from the house, although I may move it to one of the older, weathered lattices where there will be more contrast. I’ll still be able to see it in that location. I had no idea sorghum heads had so many colors.


2. On to a couple of confused plants. An azalea (not one of the fall re-bloomers) has put out a couple of flowers. The leaves show an infestation of azalea lace bug. I’ll have to go on line to see if I can treat the plant now or need to wait till spring. This particular pest is epidemic in my azaleas.


3. A bud on a clematis will not survive a hard freeze. And I’m hoping to bring that pretty white geranium in for the winter. I think there are a couple of plants in that big pot so I’ll need to repot one into a container I can lift.

4.  Frozen water in the Jan Kirsch avocado is stunning with fallen leaves. Wrapping the concrete sculpture for the winter has moved to the top of the to-do list.


5. The petals have fallen from the Sheffield mums, but the remaining centers are bright yellow, providing a needed pop of color in the fall garden. The Autumn Joy sedum heads continue to darken into tones of burgundy.


6. I need to brag a little about the large area where the raised beds were removed. I seeded, and watered and watered and watered and hoped. Fingers crossed for it being really settled in next spring.


An update on my writing life. The third book in my Caribbean romance trilogy is back from the proofer. Now I am working on finalizing titles and choosing a cover concept. Publication sometime next spring.

That’s my Six on Saturday, this week photos of my garden. The meme was started by The Propogator, a UK gardener.  This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.


11 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – First Frost – November 9, 2019

  1. From what I’ve read, natural pest sprays can be effective against lace bugs, but must be sprayed on the underside of the leaves from early spring to get ahead of the infestations.
    I really like the combination of sedum and pink mums, very pretty!


      • It is not recommended to use systemics on flowering plants such as azaleas, as all parts of the plant become poisonous and visiting pollinators will be killed by the pollen/nectar that they collect. has more information that you may want to check out. I believe that there is good solution to your lace bug problem without resorting to pesticides. Your bees, butterflies and hummingbirds will thank you!


    • We got the avocado wrapped for winter yesterday. It was warm enough that the ice in the bottom had melted and I could dry it out before wrapping. That was the last thing that had to be done…except picking up sticks from the maples. That goes on all year.


  2. Zonal geraniums are easier to grow from cuttings (prior to winter) than they are to repot or transplant. Of course, this late in the season, it would be worth repotting it to move it, just because roots may not grow fast enough. When we needed to move a row of zonal geraniums back into a higher tier from a lower tier in front, I made cuttings from pruning scraps, and plugged the cuttings where we wanted them in the upper back tier. (Zonal geraniums live outside through winter here.) By the time those in the lower front row get removed in spring, those in back should be established. I will probable process the removed plants into a whole bunch of cuttings for friends and neighbors, and anyplace I can plug the into the garden. Anyway, next year, it might be worth plugging a few cuttings of yours so that you have some in manageable pots. If you have a few, you can plant some into bigger pots the following year, and just letting them die in the frost – as long as you have a few new plants always starting to replace them.


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