P71208+K1Yes, we get it too. It took a while, but we finally got it just like most of everyone else in North America and the Northern part of the Norther Hemisphere. It is not much to brag about, but it is enough to melt the big feral pumpkin vine that I wrote about earlier ( https://tonytomeo.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/too-late-for-pie/ ). It has actually been frosting for a few nights. I just got around to getting this picture this morning.

Now that the foliage is melting and collapsing, a leak is now visible in the exposed valve manifold that was obscured in the previous picture. It did not get cold enough to freeze the pipe, so the water was dripping freely. This confirms the earlier theory about where the pumpkin vine was getting water from.

Two pumpkins are also exposed by the collapsing foliage. They were not visible earlier. Unfortunately, they are too under-developed to mature and ripen. A neighbor will likely take them and set them aside on the porch, just in case they are able to finish ripening. It would be nice if they did. The vine certainly put a lot of work into them!P71208+K2P71208+K3

While taking this picture, I was reminded why people who live with cooler weather dislike it so. First of all, and most obviously, it kills things. The season is over for pumpkin vines, which is not a problem. The problem is that so many of the citrus, avocados and other plants from mild climates that we grow so easily here get damaged or killed by frost in other climates.

The second reason to dislike cool weather is that it is too cool, maybe even cold. It is uncomfortable to be out in long enough to walk over and get these pictures of the pumpkin vine and pumpkins. I am glad that it does not get much colder here.

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9 thoughts on “Frost!

  1. Like you, I enjoy our brief forays into winter, broken by days–maybe weeks–that are pleasant, cool, and sun filled. I’ve contemplated a move to Oregon, but just don’t know how I’d handle the gloom that is normative from late October to March. Still, winter–when it shows up–is fun here in Austin. Interesting that you were able to find out just how that pumpkin managed its water.

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    1. We get frost somewhat. It is just such a joke compared to what everyone else gets. The fires in Southern California are three hundred miles to the South, although one of the projects in West Hollywood utilized a big boxed English oak that was almost burned in Ventura. The tree was installed yesterday without incident. I am closer to the fires of Sonoma County last October. We had a smaller fire here about the same time. Only two homes were burned. (There are not many homes there.) The second home was one that I almost bought back in 2006, but someone else beat me to it. A few years ago, there were fires just a few miles to the North, East and West all at the same time.

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  2. Things go dormant here for months: trees and perennials. All the more tender vegetation is just gone, and things are brown and gray. I look at my garden, and the trees with no leaves, and imagine what it will look like again in the spring. Winter is long here. Enjoy your weather!

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    1. Oh, we do enjoy it. We get just enough frost to grow all the deciduous fruit trees that I like. In Beverly Hills, only two cultivars of apples grow, and neither is very good. The weather is too mild there.

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