October 2021 late fall blooms

As the weather gets ever closer to the nighttime frost, the blooms continue to claim the above freezing time. Here are several things that are still going in the garden.

These cosmos seeds grew into plants so late I was convinced they wouldn’t make it to blooming. But they have just started.

The walnut trees are blazing with turning leaves.

The yarrow has had a second life. I had cut it back as it died off in the heat of August. But now it is fully back and even blooming again.

The roses are showing no signs of recognizing the coming frost.

September 2021 tipping of seasons and a fig

Oddly the season is feeling very autumnal and still summer is hanging on. It was chilly here. Last week it was down to 39F (just below 4C). But this week the highs during the day have been up to about 91/92F (32/33C). I am pleased since the tomatoes are still coming and I’d like a few more to ripen.

In any case, the lawn is once again very green and not crunchy. It has recovered as though the end of July crunch didn’t happen.

The fig in the picture below is one of many on the fig tree that is right up against the south side of the house. I don’t have much hope of these getting to ripe….

August 2021 Kitties, Amaranth, and Tomatoes

That might be the perfect August trio: kitties lounging on grass in the heat, amaranth getting top heavy with its reddish purple heads, and the lush, unbeatable tomatoes.

Above is Martin Frobisher (here is a post on his naming) and below is Sidney.

The crunchy grass is also a part of August. Below is Tiglet, being busy as he usually is.

He did stop to have a look, and below is just so you don’t miss the Tiglet / Tiger staring out of those eyes. This throwback to a wild look is particularly amusing with him because is the sweetest softest cat.

These cherokee purple tomatoes are an heirloom variety (what a friend in London tells me is called heritage there). They are so beautiful and flavorful and a distinctive flavor. I like the flavor a lot –but the color is what really gets me. The greener ones here are not quite ripe. Yum.

August 2021 blooms, amaranth, and a begonia

I had a lovely time watching a hummingbird this morning but have no pictures of it. The blooms are vibrant in the morning light, but everything is starting to get to that point where it might tip over the edge of the august sloping downward. This begonia is doing well outside, we will see if I can keep it alive over the winter this year.

This gorgeous airy plant is a Rocky Mountain Bee Balm. There is a bee on the other side of this bloom above.

This white blooming hosta above is really beautiful. Below is the red amaranth with the seed just starting to show. I wish I liked the taste of it better than I do. It isn’t bad, but I think it tastes too much like dirt (or “earthy” as a friend of mine more politely calls it).

August 2021 unfortunate garden visitors…. raccoons and some lovely blooms

I have a pair of gorgeous black walnut trees south of my house. Last night when I got home from dinner, there was a lot of rustling and I realized that there were several small raccoons scrabbling around in the garden bed and generally making a ruckus. One of the batch ended up staying in the tree.

Raccoons are adorable but they are such messy bandits. They poo everywhere and tear up the edges of the barn.

My phone battery was dead so I ended up using a proper camera to take pictures of the bandit. So…. here are some pictures of blooms taken with a camera and not a phone.

These resurrection lilies are particularly good this year –naked ladies.

August 2021 one dahlia plant and red amaranth

I have one dahlia that is opening –and it is very red and lovely. I don’t know if the yellow ones will be as spectacular this year. The other stunning thing in the garden is the red amaranth, but it doesn’t photograph very well.

Here are some pictures of the red dahlia. The tomatoes behind the plant are escaping and are partially cage-free at this point.

This picture above gives some idea of the height of the amaranth; the picture below looks more pinkish than is accurate. These seed heads are really burgundy. I do have some of the Love-Lies-Bleeding –which are very pink, but they do not seem to get as tall as these.