Fall Food and Flowers
Sorry I haven't had the time to gardenblog. I've been, well, in the garden too much, and too wiped out after canning and harvesting to do pics. But I have some. I missed a period for good pics but I'll show some results instead. First up: Fleurs. Hecate has some going still, and I do too:
Mums did well, if a tad slow, this year. Nice and bright.
Baby pumpkins. So cute there's no need to carve them.
Always good this time of year, and the leaves will turn the most incredible shade of purple as it cools.
Shockingly golden orange, for right now. I'll keep splitting this baby in the spring, year after year. They are so satisfying, for color balance in shade beds, nearly year round.
Tilled Bed, East. Whoa did I blow out my upper body, renting the industrial tiller for a day. But I had no choice; time is at a premium just now for me and using my Mantis would've taken 3X or more.
Sage is pretty cold hardy. The Bellflower is a surprisingly nice fall interest plant, the leaves turn gold and bright yellow and don't fall off for a long time. Plus, cute seed pods.
Brassica and I aren't always so successful, but Broccoli i can do. No rush to harvest it, it's so tolerant.
The Cabbage does need to come in soon, however.
Cultivar FAIL. That's all that nasty grass that everyone hates, and not Alyssum. Which was supposed to be there, but failed to come in this year. Oh well.
Color show just getting going here, cultivars are no exception. Purplish-red seems to be the direction we're going.
Wish I could say I did well with peas this year. I didn't. I blame Bambi. Fuckers.
As fucked up as this year was, melons of all things, did well. This one got a little bigger and then we ate it. It was a record melon year for me, when so much else did for squat. Go figure.
Second round of borage and oregano. These plants won't make it thru the snow, but their sister seeds will. Watch out if you grow this stuff, it can colonize big spaces, as I found out this year.
Rue makes a fun seed pod. It's also green for like, 10mos out of the year.
I shape echinacea for "winter interest." I leave the seed pod up, strip the leaves after their color show is done, and sometimes a bird will eat the few seeds left in them, when nothing else is easy food.
Stem-y, phat stalks and hard shafts get burned. Some of it is very fragrant, and makes nice "party fire" if you want to add that special touch to a late season outdoor gathering.
This is the part of garden photo time I blew. I put away ~50 quarts of this veggie soup base. It has all the stuff I didn't photo, but grew and harvested. Corn, potato, green and red and yellow tomato, a mess of herbs like parsley and basil, carrots, onions, chard, zucchini sorry, Lambert!, eggplant... I lost a couple of jars in the canning process; watch out if you're out of practice. They're tough, but not made of steel.
Kitteh doesn't want you to know that he turned his nose up at my dried parsley and oregano. i have a lot more to dry, yet. it grinds down in the bean grinder nicely and i put it in recycled store bought shakers.
Dill for pickles I didn't quite get around to, my bad. I'll put that in a container soon, maybe buy some market cukes and make some pickles that way.
Horseradish and pertaters. Gotta love that the horseradish just sort of went bananas this year; it's a huge, weird plant and adds drama to an herb garden. And remember: once you plant potatoes somewhere, they will Always be there.
PB Zucchini 2.0: Round, not phallic. Meta
Cucumbers for seed for next year, and tomatillas. They are so frakking cute, I can't wait to grow more of them.
Red potatoes I grew Also.
Parsley can sit out in the cold for a while, and I like having the fresh stuff around as often as possible.
Same deal with the oregano. All this is volunteer, and damn pretty when flowering. Sorry I didn't get good pics at the height.
Be sure to bring in your houseplants, yo. We got burned here with an early frost. Zap!
I just adore these things. I leave some up for winter interest, they are sturdy.
Coriander to be processed. Smells great.
Morning Glory Burn! Yeah, it was over for them early, this year, sob.
I think by the time I die, this place will be covered in strawberries. That's ok, they're better than grass.
Still a lot of vibrant color and even new growth.
The stretch of the season in which the purple is out in force is short and quick, but if you catch it it's wonderful. Same deal with reds, which will come in just a little while.
Garden FAIL. This bed never got going, and I didn't have time to restart it. It looks even funkier in real life, like a little ant colony gone jungle, or something.
Leopard leaf Lily of the Valley.
These just keep getting bigger. The Dianthus in front is a nice fall interest dried seed pod type plant, but will come down for winter.
Composted some leaves, with a little improvement they will be ready to use next spring.
HULK SMASH. Do you see that? Huh? That's "landscaper cloth." In the sense that means: excellent growing medium for weeds. Look at those root systems, do they look well established and healthy to you? Yeah, I bought it for another purpose too, my bad. I may have to do one of the mean blogger posts, and email it to the company that makes it with thinly veiled threats to make the subject of how much their product Sucks my mission in life. Anyway, back to the drawing board, l'cloth-wise.
Bok Choi. Actually Pak Choi, but whatever. Got lots of it, did really well, and none of the critters wanted to eat it. WIN!
Just a little past their prime but still a loverly color.
Walking that line between purple and red. Suits my mood right about now perfectly, heh.
I had a lot of volunteer aramanth this year. Shorter than last year, tho.
They moved slowly, but they're still going.
Second bloom for this little guy.
Very bright, esp on cloudy days, which we've had a lot of this month.
Still got a lot of work to do out there. Tools need sharpening, shed needs a clean up, etc. There will be leaf and needle raking, winter mulching. The lesson for this year is that people should work together; it's too much work to do if you have to also balance your All-American other 3 jobs. I'm disappointed in our performance this year, but I learned from the experience and still got plenty put away. We also ate well all summer, the yellow tomatoes, of all things, were just explosive; no blight here. I may have to blow part of the savings out of the grocery budget on a massage when I'm all done, however.