What’s the story, morning glory?

Wow, It’s been ages since I shared my garden pictures with you.  We’ve harvested the annuals and shlepped around the perennials, mostly bedding them down for the winter so we can re-imagine where they will grow next year.  We bought trees for the front of the house and cleaned up some scrubby-looking stuff out at the street.  It’s been steady, but nothing too terribly picturesque.  These will give you a glimpse…

The lavender hedge did pretty well, don’t you think?

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We’ve started to gather up pumpkins from our local growers, decorating the front porch and preparing for the upcoming Spook Walk II…

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I’m cheered on every morning by the “saved” morning glory that I planted in August…very much appreciated as the days grow shorter and cooler…

I  love Autumn!

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Checking in…

The grandchildren from NYC have come and gone.  While they were here, they helped bring in some tomatoes, trimmed some oregano, and just generally enjoyed looking out for the bunnies.  City girls are especially intrigued by the sound of the tree flies at night and the sight of the sloughed skin stuck to a tree is the stuff of legends…   I need a bat house, though, to take care of the mosquitoes;  my daughter and her progeny are verry reactive to the bites (as am I) and DEET is so Deetish.

Regardless of who does the regarding, the garden continues to grow.  The squash, at last overcome by the powdery mildew despite my valiant efforts, has been pulled after producing just a few;  the green beans have been harvested and eaten.  The empty rows are “resting” and I’ll get some more beans planted and maybe some greens.  I’m steadily harvesting bell peppers and all varieties of tomatoes.  In the center garden, the pineapple sage are robust and the lavendar hedge is finally stretching up…mostly.  I need to move the tarragon and rosemary, plenty of that, but overall it’s a lovely garden.

 

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The front porch flowers have stood up well under the summer’s wind and rains.  I did some dead-heading the several days ago, and always pinch the marigolds and geraniums when i’m walking by;  otherwise, they’ve required little fuss…

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It’s been a lovely summer break and weather has been unusually co-operative…   I’m still working the week-ends at the race-track and I’ll be starting back to my school-job in 5 days.   It makes me look forward to harvest and the fall, but Not Yet…

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Before the Deluge…

Spring gave us a deadline..again…  Knowing that the Rains would arrive around Thursday, we started planting…

I am pretty excited about my new lavender hedge:

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18 hidcote lavender 12inches apart around a 7×7 bed.  I didn’t feel adventurous enough to try a knot, but I think it will make a fragrant hedge for pineapple sage and whatever else ends up growing there.

The peas are doing wonderfully, so we planted a new row and decided to let the zucchini and yellow squash sink or swim…

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The tomatoes are making themselves at home—that’s 2 better boys, 1 early girl, 2 la romas, and 2 sweet cherry 100’s.  I’m still not sure where the red huskies are going to stay, so they’re still on the porch with the herbs and more tender plants that wouldn’t like the soon-to-be 40-degree temps.

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The beautiful weather kept us outside for the first part of the week, and we had it pretty much under control when the relentless clouds and cold came back carrying copious amounts of rain.

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 The cloudy rainy days have at least gotten warmer, and really the garden doesn’t mind.  I’m still anxious to get out and get at it… 

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