October 2021 monk’s hood and a couple kitties

These are such late bloomers, it always surprises me that they get open at all. The kitties are NOT late bloomers –but Sidney and Martin Frobisher are all the way at the end of the post.

I don’t know which variety of aconitum this is. I have two bunches of this –the one that gets more sun is much taller –about 5 feet. The other one that is more protected is only about 3 feet tall and really seems unlikely to bloom this year.

This plant is getting ready –you can see the already open one in the background.

September 2021 herbs, dried tomatoes, and handsome cats

I had a lovely puttering day yesterday picking herbs, doing laundry, and putting tomatoes in the oven. The kitties were enjoying the day too. And I managed to cut the lawn in the back garden; I will take some pictures of that since it looks lovely and green with the recent rain and cooler weather.

The herbs are doing well –I try to pick a batch at the beginning of the year to dry but some of them are better now, thyme for example.

I had thought to have it be a game –how many of these herbs can you identify? Turns out (after seeing these pictures) that the game will have more to do with seeing past these not-very-good images. There are six different herbs here, but I think one might be completely at the bottom of the pile.

Mostly I try for the leathery consistency in the sun dried tomatoes (that I do in the oven), but invariably some of them end up totally stiff and dried –rattling around like dice on the tray. Turns out they are delicious crumbled into/ onto various things. My mother makes a fantastic herb mix that includes very-dried crumbled tomatoes –it is great in olive oil for bread dipping, on scrambled eggs, and sprinkled on popcorn. It has herbs and dried garlic in it too.

Above is Martin Frobisher, looking handsome. And below are a few pictures of Cousin; he was in a posing mood.

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.

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 hostas blooming and a new phlox

The hostas are blooming and the bees love them. My bee pictures are not good. I will try to get better ones… but the blur of activity is a little appropriate. I also have this lovely lavender phlox that showed up alongside the peonies this year. I am not sure where this came from, but it is lovely.

Lavender phlox.
Sidney looking handsome on the bench. Tiglet is far too busy for bench lounging.

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 cats! more news from Thomas’ house

I am pleased to say that I have some really lovely pictures of Thomas and his friend Squeak. Squeak is a fastidiously clean kitty –with her bright white fur.

I gave Squeak some treats. And she was very happy and cleaned my fingers for me.

Thomas was inside so I gave him a little snack.

But he was ready to go outside.