As more seed catalogs arrive in the mail, gardeners will begin dreaming of next year's gardens. Following the mantra, plant diversely and they will come, may be one way for gardeners to help troubled bee populations.
Awakening early on the first frosty morning of autumn is a photographic opportunity not to be missed. October 13, 2012 brought not just the first frost to my Connecticut gardens, but the first freeze. Temperatures dropping to 28 degrees F. ceases the growing season for tender annuals. The secret is enabling the camera lens to catch frosted leaves before they begin to thaw.