The weather is shifting all over the place, with a windy, blustery rain storm last night and this morning. The marigolds are doing their showy bit and the asters are fully out. I think I had already put up some pictures of the china asters, but here is another one.
There are also loads of these asters in the front near the yellow dahlia.
The marigolds are planted near the potatoes (in an attempt to keep away the potato bugs, which I think works).
This weekend will definitely be a time to clear up some things in the barn and get beds organized for the outside kitties. The end of September always slides in a bit too quickly and the beginning of October can be quite chilly here.
The yellow dahlia in front of the house continue to be amazing. They are so large, it is surprising the stalk is strong enough to hold them. I do have a wire ring around the plant lower down, but the stalks are holding the blooms.
This might be the perfect image of the last rose of summer. It isn’t actually the last rose though, because other roses are still blooming in my garden. But it is a lovely perfect image of September.
The kitties outside have been reveling in this nice cooler weather here. And I have another one of these gorgeous roses. The flowers are so good right now, and I can feel the edge of autumn in the air. I cut some flowers to bring inside –I usually end up bringing them in when I start to feel the weather shifting. I think it is an attempt to hang on to the blooming season.
This picture shows the grand results of the canning. My mother brought peaches, peach jam, and peach salsa. The peach salsa is on the very top and the peaches and peach jam are on the left and right. I canned sweet pickle relish (top left) and bread and butter pickles (upper right, next to the peach jam) before my mother arrived.
In the upper left of this picture, these two 1/2 pint jars are tomato salsa and the red onions in honey. The dill spears are sitting on top of a jar of dill chips. And the green beans are on top of the very obvious bottom row jar of corn.
There are canned beans across the bottom row that are a little less obvious. At the far right is a jar of black beans and on the left, red beans and pinto beans. I usually put in jars of dry beans if there is a space in the canner but I also sometimes do whole batches of canned beans as I really like having them ready to eat.
The canned tomatoes are topped off with a jar of tomato sauce –such a lovely red. The apples under the peach salsa have already made an appearance, I have high hopes for that sweet pickle relish.
And my mother also brought canned cherries, which we forgot to get into this picture, but I will put up a picture of those at some point.
And, just to top things off, here is a picture of a bell pepper in my garden.
The canning has been roaring along; I had already canned some corn earlier but we did four dozen more ears of corn. Lovely, lovely yummy corn. The apples are canned very simply –a light syrup of sugar and water and no spices. They are really tasty apples and I think they will be great in oatmeal or made into an apple crisp.
My mother is visiting and the canning is underway… so pictures of lovely canned food very soon. Meanwhile, the pink rose is back, the china asters have finally arrived, and the dahlia I planted in front of the house is showing off nicely.