Thanks to Steve at Glebe House for hosting this meme.
It’s been a strange autumn so far. August brought us some lovely, cool temperatures with light rains; the leaves began their color changes, pumpkins were harvested and it was beginning to feel a lot like fall.
Then, without warning, September brought tropical heat and humidity, but without the beneficial rains. The changing of the leaves into their fall wardrobe stopped dead, as though frozen in time.
Thankfully the heat broke a couple of days ago, and we’ve had one night of rain (still not enough). The crisp, coolness has returned and it’s a chill 35 degrees this morning.
The gardens are, of course, winding down and preparation for winter moves forward on the Farm. The hay has been purchased and stored in the barn for the sheep; cords of wood are also stacked neatly in the barn. All of the vegetables, with the exception of a couple of rows of fall carrots, have been harvested. Tomatoes have been roasted and frozen. Apples and pears have been turned into applesauce and jams and canned. The borage, zinnia and marigolds carry on for the benefit of the pollinators. The sunflowers also stand, heads bowed, continuing to provide seed for the local birds.
Our hummingbird friends are still visiting.
The blackberries and raspberries are still being harvested – slowly since the heat effected them as well — and will be turned into jellies and canned in a couple of weeks.
I still have loads of clean-up to do both in the vegetable garden and mixed borders, not to mention the fall planting of a couple hundred bulbs and garlic.
The hot border carries on. The dahlias still blooming like crazy, although the Black-eyed Susans are little more the seed for the birds at this stage.
Many of the perennials are winding down, preparing for their winter slumber, their energy directed toward the roots, rather than the production of beautiful flowers and foliage. Winter is peering around the corner…