September 2021 dahlias and faded rose

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.

September 2021 potatoes, cooler weather, and Vlad

It has been feeling very cool in the night and dewy and cool in the morning. And last evening I dug a few potatoes for my dinner. They are really lovely and yummy.

And the apples picked last weekend are ripening nicely. I’ve been eating some but they aren’t quite where they should be for nice eating.

I had just cleaned all these chair cushions and stacked them up –and here is Vlad doing his Princess-and-the-Pea.

September 2021 Happy kitties outside and a rose

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.

September 2021 more of the canning and a bell pepper

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.

The peach salsa looks amazing. I haven’t tasted it yet.

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.

September 2021 corn and apples

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.

Loads more things happening… more pictures soon….

September 2021 roses, china aster, and dahlia

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.

There are some little asters opening here between the dahlia and the phlox.

August 2021 tomatoes and roses

It is the very end of august and the tomatoes are really starting to come on now. I had lovely tomato sandwiches –sliced tomatoes on toast with mayonnaise. And the roses are having another round of blooms. This white bush rose is really blooming and the pink rose in the front has new flowers.