First frost

Well, it was to be expected. Thanksgiving was coming up quick and the average first frost here in Fort Worth is the 15th of November. It happened on the 13th this year. We got a frost/freeze warning on the news last night (Monday) so I brought the orange tree inside and covered the tomato plant that is residing in the greenhouse. Other than that, everything else was fair game.

I was ready for the catastrophe. Bring on winter. Let the garden dirt rest and recover. Kill a few pesky bugs. The wild chives in the middle of the yard. The crunchy dormant grass in the mornings. The cozy couch with yarn and crochet hook in hand.


A great looking tomato plant 24 hours ago.


Cold hardy herbs. Flat leaf parsley and common sage.


Tomato plant bundled up for the next 3 or 4 days.


One of the old ladies blossoming.


With winter just beginning, spring is already preparing for a showy season. Bluebonnets!

Comments 3

  1. chel wrote:

    Oh, wow! Okay, now I have a reason to be grateful for the crap summers- it’s our exchange for cold winters. The plants don’t love the heat, but they have a better time with it. is there any chance of recovery? Last year, several of my plants looked dead during particularly chilly mornings but rallied.

    Posted 14 Nov 2012 at 9:26 am
  2. misti wrote:

    You know, the last two mornings I’ve walked out and it has not felt nearly as cold as I thought it would or how it felt the evening before. I’ll have to keep an eye on the weather just to see what will happen down here.

    Posted 14 Nov 2012 at 9:27 am
  3. Donna wrote:

    well I cut the frost bitten parts off of the tomatoes and squash. I don’t know if they will make it or not. But the cucumber bettles may take them on out anyway.Dad just went to home depot and picked up something for me to spray.

    Posted 23 Nov 2012 at 1:41 pm

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