We are expecting it to be even colder tonight than last night so I went out and picked the last of the dahlias expecting to find the plants all mush in the morning. They are such pretty flowers and such prolific producers. I leave mine in the ground under a heavy mulch in the winter and have had them come through just fine. I will need to divide them next spring as the plants are so huge I can't get between them to cut the flowers.
While I was out I took this picture of one of the last roses of the year. This is a cluster of Bonica flowers.
And as winter creeps up on us Joel and I have been busy stocking the pantry. Recently Joel canned plums and tomatoes and made plum jam and cucumber relish. Today I made barbecue sauce from some of the last of the paste tomatoes. It's in the canner bubbling away as I write.