TPP has blogged about monk's hood before (a Friday fabulous flower). Yesterday was officially the first day of flowering - October 20th, and that's 6 days earlier than in 2012! These are a great plant for the patient if you have a nice quiet shady spot. Another new happening this year; something ate one of our plants and usually nothing touches them because they are really toxic. But this year bun-buns ate a lot of things they never touched before none of which made us very happy. Tonight may be our first frost, but probably not for our garden. It has to frost hard before our little heat island gets frost. Nonetheless yesterday was spent doing some garden cleanup and pickup. Except for tomatoes this year's kitchen garden was pretty good. Still have some mesclun, lettuce, and bok choi, but it takes a pretty hard freeze to damage these. Fall color remains reluctant, but cool nights just began a week ago; drought will really reduce the sugar maple display this year.