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!