I have been missing from the ranks of the garden bloggers posting on Bloom Day, which “traditionally” has been the 15th of the month. In August everything was so dry and barren that I really couldn’t drum up the enthusiasm for it, and in September I was involved with visiting with my best friend who was home for a few weeks from Costa Rica, where she and her husband moved to last year. It was quite interesting to note just exactly how many people didn’t notice I was missing. Well, I’m back for October, with plenty of news to impart.
First of all, the vegetable garden. Operations have wound down pretty much for the year, although things never quite are “done” for good at The Havens. I harvested my corn patch a while ago and dried the kernels. I got this shot while I was taking the corn off the cobs. The Hopi corn produced the best, with long full cobs and almost no insect damage. I have 17 pounds of corn for corn meal from this patch of five rows.
While the big summer crops are done and cleared away, the winter veggies have been planted. In the foreground of this shot are the remains of the chard, which will keep producing until a hard frost kills it. The evening before the first frost we will harvest this and put it up in the freezer, just like we do every year. Behind it you can see the seedling lettuces, mesclun and stir fry mix that will be in the cold frames providing us salad all winter.
The bed to the left of this chard patch has been planted with garlic. It’s not in the picture, as the garlic is not up yet and a bed of nice dirt is not that interesting a picture. To the right of the chard is the melon trellis, which shocked me by becoming reinvigorated and producing some more melons after the flood in July. We actually had one for dinner two nights ago. Next to the melon trellis is the torch tithonia plant, which is blooming right now. Quite popular. . .
I’m not exactly sure why this annual flower has decided that the only place on The Havens that it will grow and thrive is the vegetable garden. But I always allow one or two “pet tithonias” to establish themselves because the bees and butterflies really enjoy them at the end of the season when they are blooming.
The new raspberry patch that I put in this spring is doing quite nicely. I believe that we might actually get some berries from it next year. This summer there were only enough to snack on while out in the garden.
Just to the left of this is where the pond is. Behind the pond is quite beautiful right now, with New England Asters blooming fit to bust with a backup band of Maximilian sunflowers.
There is a lot of activity over here too; these are just a few of the players in this field.
Out in the front yard the celosia is blooming. Surprisingly hard to photograph in focus because of all the hairs on the spaths, I managed to capture the morning dew on it the other day.
This is the front garden as it was yesterday.
Crocosmia are in full swing right now, but will be wilting soon. The perovskia in front of the celosia is so happy, it made a baby.
The Stroll Garden is doing the autumn thing. Mostly what is happening here is the Knockout rose, which is a truly fine performer, I must say. I’m going to get one of the yellow ones next spring to accompany these neon pink ones.
The Rain Garden and the Hosta Dell are packing it up for the winter. I fully expect to be out there today doing some badly needed deadheading. Sorry about the hose in the shot. . .
Right now the Petite Prairie is looking quite nice, and actually making a screen for the parts of the garden behind it, just like I wanted it to. You can see the patch of cleome peeking out from behind the grasses.
Just to the right of the prairie is the area where I put in cannas and acidanthera. The acidanthera are bulbs I received last year for Valentine’s Day and then saved last fall. I didn’t get them into the ground until way late this year, and I thought they would not bloom at all. But I was wrong.
Out at the north edge of the property we have a new “plant” growing:
Getting that wood split and into the wood shed is a project for the next couple of weeks. The big pile on the left has about 4 cords of wood in it, that is very green and scheduled to keep us warm next year. The pile on the right is for this year, and half of it is already split and stacked under cover.
Well, that about does it for this month. Check out the other participants in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, which as always, is generously hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.