After a beautiful 70 degree day yesterday, we woke up to snow this morning and so far its about 3 inches. We knew it was coming of course; modern meteorology has a way of knowing these things.
We spent the weekend preparing by gathering all of the squash we were growing. We picked about 12 pumpkins, 30 butternut squash and 10 spaghetti squash. I picked as many calendula flowers as I could. Because this is one thing we really use a good deal of in our skin care line, I covered as much as I could with plastic. The temperature tonight is predicted to be 21 degrees, maybe too low for plastic but I can always hope.
As I worked I watched the butterflies flitting about wondering if they knew of the upcoming frost and what they will do. We’ve got swarms of Painted Lady butterflies migrating though right now. The local news said that some will flee and some will die. Are they getting their last meal now? How sad.
We spent the morning today outside with brooms and poles trying to hit snow off the the tree branches still fully leafed out. We don’t want the branches to break from the weight of the snow. I doubt we’ll see colors this year as the frost tonight will probably cause them all to loose their leaves. The coming of winter is always bittersweet. I look forward to the lessened workload without the farming, however, I also miss the warm days and seeing the plants grow. This year it is sudden and I’m sure we will still have plenty of warm fall days. I’ll enjoy the lessened work load, but look forward to next summer and seeing and smelling the lavender.