Six on Saturday – 15OCT2022 – Starting to Wrap Things Up

I’m harvesting most of the last vegetables this week, appreciating how leaves are hanging onto maple trees while their colour gets deeper, and keeping my fingers crossed that a few unopened Dahlias might actually open. It’s Six on Saturday time – six things in the garden, linked to The Propagator’s site where there will be dozens of garden posts from around the world.

I heard on the radio earlier this week that this year’s temperatures along with some timely rainfall means trees are holding on to their leaves longer than usual, and the fall colours are more vibrant and bright than most years. I’d tend to agree; the trees around here are really gorgeous and leaves held on even through Thursday’s wind and rain event. A good example is this burning bush with some gorgeous orange maples in the background:

A dry summer meant a late start for the Dahlias, and these two have yet to bloom. ‘Verde,’ on the left, may open up, but I’m not holding much hope for the one on the right which, ironically, is the Dahlia I had been most curious about. The tuber was given by a friend who labelled it with a simple ‘?’ as she didn’t know what variety it was…There are no freezing temperatures forecast in the next two weeks, but it’s getting close.

Among the last veggies to come out of the kitchen garden are these carrots – several varieties including Eskimo and Chantenay started from seed sent from Fred in northern France last winter. There are still a dozen or so in the ground.

Joining the harvest this week were all the jalapeno peppers – plants pulled to make room for garlic. It was a large harvest for someone who doesn’t even eat them… Sweet Shishito peppers are still going strong though…

For some reason I’ve had a hard time getting a good shot of the radishes I planted in late summer…I started to harvest them this week, and very tasty they are.

Finally – I’ve shown this Turtlehead before, I know, but I’m so impressed that it’s flowering this long, especially given how poorly it did during the summer. Little side flower shoots have appeared, as well as the main stalks themselves just continuing to grow. It’s easy to see the beautifully serrated (toothed?) leaf edges in this shot:

I’ll be wandering around the County Pumkinfest this morning, gawking at giant pumpkins and stuffing my face. Hope everyone has an equally fabulous day!

19 Comments

  1. I really love the fall colors you showed us this morning. I appreciate them all the more since I have seen all these forests at the time of summer. Carrots look great! I hope you can do it again next year with some remaining seeds.

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  2. Those colors are so beautiful they almost bring tears. I have to ask: will there be apple cider doughnuts at your Pumpkinfest? One sure sign of autumn is that I begin longing for that treat, which is impossible to find in Texas!

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  3. Oh my! That is impressive color. The maples look like . . . well, they do not look like maples that I am familiar with. Well, I am not familiar with many species of maple; and those that live here color only briefly before defoliating later in the year. You know, I have never met burning bush before.

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    1. Burning Bush – Euonymus alatus – is a very common shrub/foundation plant here, mainly because the foliage will reliably turn this deep red in the fall. The rest of the year it has small green leaves, small unremarkable flowers and small, unremarkable berries. They get pruned mercilessly in many yards…mine only get pruned by rabbits, who find new tender branches quite delicious in the winter.

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      1. It seems to be popular elsewhere, but like beautyberry, never became popular here. Evergreen species of Euonymus used to be more popular here. Cultivars are variegated, and have potential to make nicely colorful evergreen hedges. Unfortunately, they revert to unvariegated, and the so-called ‘gardeners’ do not bother to cut the green parts out, so hedges become blotchy and lumpy, as the green parts grow faster than the variegated parts.

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