November 2021 autumn garden

There was some snow here in these upper plains, and then some strong wind, and then a little rain. All of which means there is no snow here right now and the garden is struggling on in its odd autumnal state. Bits of color from drying blooms still show through but the yellows and browns are starting to prevail. In the mornings, the temperature has been hovering around 38-40F (about 4C). Although it did get to about 60F one day this last week (15C): unseasonably warm for this late in November. These temperatures mean that the plants are all easing into winter.

Some of the monk’s hood (above) still has its lovely color, while some of the stalks are blackened and done. The purple cone flower heads (below) make such dramatic stalks.

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….

September 2021 marigolds and asters

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.

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 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.

July 2021 wildflower and New Mexico skies

In La Plata canyon Colorado I picked a lovely batch of wildflowers. I think I managed to identify most of them.

Here is the list I came up with: yellow monkeyflower, winged buckwheat, white yarrow, fairy trumpet, tall penstemon, subalpine larkspur, aster, and some kind of goldenrod possibly.

I am back in Farmington New Mexico where the skies are big.

If you look very carefully you can see the rainbow here.