It snowed here on 14 October, which seemed a little early. I managed to get most of the potted plants in the house, but it made for some interesting arrangements for a while. The snow didn’t stay around for long and the lettuce made it through nicely.
In some of the beds the flowers and vegetables are a bit interspersed. In this one for example, carrots, spinach basil, dill seem happy with the Four-O-Clocks and that roaming mystery pumpkin (if it is a pumpkin).
And these are ripe tomatoes below the Bachelor Buttons (which I think are also called Cornflowers):
I planted these seeds for “scarlet” Bachelor Buttons, but they look dark purple to me (and haven’t taken off as the pink and blue ones have.
This Love-Lies-Bleeding I’ve grown before. The Red Amaranth (farther down) is new this year and is exceptionally happy. These all grew from seed, but the Red Amaranth are so tall I cannot touch the top of them. The Love-Lies-Bleeding had a very bad early experience (unfortunately the man who cuts my lawn clipped them when they were first coming up). The Red Amaranth have very good sun exposure and are in the new bed (much more protected from accidental trimming).
After having been away for a while and all the flowers moving along quickly, I have quite a lot of deadheading to take care of. But here are more pictures of plants in bloom right now.
At some point the garden and the food converge, and August might be that point.
I was away for less than two weeks and returned to a jungle in the garden. The new portion of fence is completed. Clearly, I over-planted the new vegetable bed. The flowers are very happy though, and I have already seen two hummingbirds since returning home!