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Hard frost

We got a hard frost Saturday night, and that was it for the tomatoes. Also the basil. I’d gotten most of the tomatoes off, but didn’t pick the last of the basil. It was 80F last week; I wasn’t expecting everything to go away quite so quickly. We finally closed the windows, but haven’t turned on the heat yet.

Even with the tender greenery now shriveled and brown, there is plenty of interest in the autumn garden. The female holly is showing off her berries.

holly berries

The mahonia likewise, with similar leaves but different colors.

Mahonia berries

The trees are preparing themselves for winter.

red maple tree

And I’m preparing myself for raking.

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