“Autumn begins with a subtle change in the light, with skies a deeper blue, and nights that become suddenly clear and chilled. The season comes full with the first frost, the disappearance of migrant birds, and the harvesting of the season’s last crops.” ~Glenn Wolff and Jerry Dennis
Did you see the harvest moon? It was gorgeous. This full moon reminds me I have about 1 month left to plant in my garden before the ground freezes. We are having weekly rain and some weeks we have had almost daily light showers. The ground is actually wet which is a change from the hard dry earth of summer. So planting bulbs, moving plants and dividing plants is so much easier. I can even go for hours without the oppressive heat and humidity of a few weeks ago.
So as September has come to a close, it is time to report how things have gone in the garden. I will be joining several other gardeners and their great memes with my journal: Walk in Garden@This Grandmother’s Garden, First View@Town Mouse & Country Mouse; Garden Bloggers Harvest Day (GBHD)@The Gardening Blog, Best and Worst of My Garden@Bumble Lush, Salad Days@Veg Plotting on the 4th Friday of the month and End of Month View with Helen@The Patient Gardener’s Weblog.
September has been most unusual, but that is just keeping with the same crazy weather we had this year. I do not remember starting a school year in September with temps in the 80s and 90s. The rain finally came right before the first day of fall. And with the rain, came the cooler temps in the lower 80s, and 70s. Now we are having 60s during the day and 40s and 50s at night. This respite from the heat has given me and the garden a boost of energy.
The sky has been showing all sorts of gray storm clouds with colors brightening their undersides as the sun reflects off them. Some evenings the sky is a gray pink (pictured here) or a muddy golden hue. The sunrise is yellow, orange and purple as I drive to work with the sunset more pale shades of peach and purple. I am loving the colors of fall; both the sky in fall as well as the leaves.
Since fall has come, the front gardens have finally received their needed clean up. So I thought I would feature them.
The left front walk garden has a few things blooming including ‘Sienna Sunset’ coreopsis and an apricot and purple daylily which was a surprise. The nicely trimmed trees are quickly losing their leaves early this fall.
Here is the right side of the front sidewalk. Guara, asters and roses are still blooming. The echinacea seed heads are being devoured by the birds so I leave them up all winter.
These asters are just on the other side of the bushes and trees and cannot be seen from the front walk.
I rarely show this little bed. I call the Kidney Bed as it is shaped like a kidney. This area of the lawn is full of weeds and needs a good bit of organic fertilizer, but it is rebounding with the cool weather and rain. This is where the cable TV and telephone cables are stored so we just try to hide them. These are Diablo ninebark bushes. We did have a small red beech tree here, but recently cut it down as it was dying. This bed has lavender, sage, echinacea, geranium, sedum, daylily and new small yellow rose not visible from this view.
The wall bed is along the left side of the house where there is a slope. Not much growing except this Knockout rose, some Helianthus and the hardy geranium blooming again. But we finally cleaned up this area as well.
Lastly at the street is the mailbox garden that needs a bit of edging. We cleaned up the grass growing in it. The catmint is still growing with an aster bloom or two. Echinaceas, daylily and clematis are done but the moonbeam coreopsis is still blooming on the far side. I added another small lavender here and hope to add a couple of the newer yellow gaillardias for a bit more summer bloom.
This is Salvia reptans or West Texas Grass Sage. It blooms in late summer and fall with these cobalt blue flowers and blue green foliage. It is a prized plant that lives in my NY garden and grows 3 feet tall, but never quite as bushy as it would in a high desert.
Natives still dominate the garden including the cattails at the top of the post. I am saving my helianthus and aster blooms for future posts, but here are some natives that continued to bloom in September especially after the rains we had. From top left clockwise is Full Moon coreopsis, yarrow reblooming, echinacea still going in spots, and my wonderful Pearly Everlasting in the white garden.
These gigantic marigolds, grown from seed this year, have been sharing space with the eggplant and sweet potatoes. The annual geraniums to the right were also blooming still into late September.
Here is the best of the meadow; goldenrod and asters dominate for a pollinators delight.
Here we are looking out over the pond. I love this view from the patio. White guara and small grass in the foreground while asters , helianthus and roses bloom in the background. And look at the lily pads. Growing again just as profusely as in spring.
Veg Beds Update
As you can see the harvest in September was fabulous. Lots of beans weekly, Hatch green chiles, a few more eggplant, okra and tomatoes. But the best were the first pumpkins. We have 5 small ones harvested and I am ecstatic…our first pumpkins…yesssss!
Here are the lettuces, carrots, beets and kale we planted in the reused potato bags in August. The greens have been sweet and amazing in salads and it looks like we will have more as they just keep growing even after I cut them. Once we harvest the sweet potatoes and final eggplants, I plan to reuse those bags for more greens like arugula, endive, spinach, beets and kale. Then we will have greens galore through fall under a row cover for protection and close to the kitchen door.
I will also be bringing in many annual and perennial herbs I potted up so we can continue to enjoy them all winter long. They will go under the grow lights and sit on warm heat mats in the basement.
The pond is still clear and pond plants are revived for the frogs who dominate the critters in September.
This bumble bee was caught in a giant spider web recently. I spotted it hanging in the web spinning around trying to get free. I carefully cut the web with my finger until he dropped to the ground to safety. Sorry Mister Spider but you will have to get your next meal elsewhere. You can barely see the web, but this is a shot of the bee spinning.
Gardens Eye Verse
My garden is turning over to fall, and with it I hope you enjoy this little verse.
Flowers pale, but color remains
The sky’s on fire all through the gray.
Orange, yellow, red dominate the surrounds
High in the trees and low on the ground.
While fall rolls along, it soon will all fade
Back to brown and the rich shades of clay.
I will be linking in with Michelle@Rambling Woods for her Nature Notes meme. It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Wednesday.
As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday.
I hope you will join me for my posts once a month on the 3rd Tuesday, at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. The next one will be on the 16th.
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