J. Foss Garden Flowers

  (Chehalis, Washington)
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Fall

Will we make it through the night? Means will it freeze the flowers, will there be anything left to sell. At night as soon as it gets to 40 degrees I’m outside putting blankets over my most tender flowers.  This is actually the first year I’ve tried frost blankets ( as I call them)  but since we often get frosted in early September just enough to burn my favorites, and it really doesn’t help sales with any thing other than coloring up the rose hips. I decided to practice frost protection more. I enjoy covering my plants up at night, I’m outside in total darkness at forty degrees, after the wind dies down just me and the dogs its like the final tucking in for the night, as I’m thinking about how much pleasure these flowers have provided this summer and I’m just not ready for it all to be over at least not yet!

Its amazing to me how God created flowers just for this time of year, beautiful fall foliage, rosehips& berries of all sorts, the Delphinium are blooming like crazy but not a popular like they are in the spring, Sunflowers and chrysanthemums don’t mind a light frost or two, but they would rather not have cold wet rain.

At the farmers market I decorated my booth with Rosa multiflora sprays, it was beautiful, someone said you should do that every week, but we only have these beautiful sprays beginning in late September, which is good because variety is the spice of life. Rosehip wreaths

are a local favorite made from wild roses that are just part of our local roadsideia along with snowberries it is a breath taking combination and that is fall here! I hate to see most flowers go, but I have lots of joy when they come into flowering like a beautiful debutante I like to give them a place of honor. So while the closing of the flower season is any day the opening of flower season will be soon the moment I see the first snow drops!

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