Frost, oh no. Say it ain’t so.

Checked the weather forecast for the Poconos and there it was: the worst word in a gardener’s vocabulary. You got it, frost. Patchy frost is in the forecast for Monday morning.

In this season of extremes I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. But with the warm weather we’ve had this year, I feel like it should wait until October. I don’t want to accept that my dahlia growing season is over. We have too much life left in the plants that we’ve protected from several heavy rain storms.

We’ll cover the dahlias. It will take at least an hour with 100 plants. And we’ll hope for the best.

I’ll spend the day marking them with curling ribbon to show what color they are. You need to store them separately to keep their colors true. We don’t dig them out until after they are completely dead. Then we store them for the long winter.

The tomatoes and zucchini are just about done, so I won’t bother there.

Some people, those with allergies, will be happy to see the frost. We’ve recently dealt with fleas on our beagles. The cold weather will send the fleas into dormancy.

But I really hoped for a couple more weeks of dahlias…

Mums are the word

VNA/Hospice of Monroe County will hold its annual hospice mum sale from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the agency’s office located at 502 VNA Road in East Stroudsburg.

An assortment of fall mums will be available for $6 each or just $5 each when purchasing three or more plants. All proceeds of the Annual Mum Sale will benefit

The sale is while supplies last so call ahead for availability at 570-421-5390.

VNA/Hospice of Monroe County, a non-profit home health and hospice agency serving the community since 1950.

Directions to the office are also available at

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