Monday, November 7, 2011

The End of the Summer Garden

Frost has been teasing me for days with small snow flake like crystals of ice on the windshield of my car in the morning.  There have also been some very cold nights.  So cold in fact, I was forced to put away the summer bedspread and get out the down blanket.  But this morning, the ice on my windshield was no longer teasing me.  It was one of those mornings when you just have to wait until your defroster can melt the ice so you can see to pull out of your driveway.  Summer is definitely over, even here in northern California.
The first hard frost calls for a final summer harvest.  I picked the last head of lettuce, the last watermelon, and the only butternut squash.  I also picked tomatoes, onions, carrots and what will probably be the last of the green beans.
The leaves on the trees are turning red....

and the squirrels and spiders are making preparations for the winter.  Summer is definitely over.

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