Oct 31, 2007

Oct 30, 2007

Fall Chores

I am feeling pretty proud that the majority of my Fall chores have been accomplished. At least that is I was feeling pretty proud until I found the evidence of my Pups transgressions all over the back yard.Truly it is my fault for leaving that temptingly full lawn and leaf bag sitting somewhere that he could reach and practice his paper shredding skills. Absolutely it is my fault that he got into the main vegetable garden and helped himself to some of the tomato stakes, I understand how much fun they can be to chew upon. Also my fault that the dirt was so nice and fluffy in that 5 square inches that I left uncovered how could he possibly stop from digging in it. So some stuff I need to be more vigilant with next time I decide to get ambitious and weed the garden.

I still get to be proud of the fact that my garlic is now completely planted and just waiting to grow into luscious bulbs. I am also proud that the last of the full sized Eggplant have been harvested to become wonderfully pickled, I haven't uprooted the plant as I have found another egg sized fruit that will hopefully grow at a rapid rate to beat the freeze that will most likely be here in a week or two. There are still the chili peppers waiting for harvest but seeing as they haven't turned that lovely bright orange-red that they are known for doing, I will leave them out until the last possible minute, and maybe even forget the plants until next Spring. So all that being taken into consideration, the rest of the garden is pretty much finished and just waiting for Spring to roll around once more.

Oct 29, 2007

Nestling in for Winter

Outside the gardens are getting settled in for their Winter naps, and inside Marco is pretty content now that all of the houseplants are back in where he can play amongst them.

I just love this picture of my Pup Marco so I had to put it up here!! I know he has nothing technically to do with gardening, but he is always more than eager to accompany me out to the gardens and if we didn't have the vegetable beds fenced in, he would be even more happy to romp through them and sample all the veggie goodness that lies therein!

The days are getting much colder, the smell of hams and bacon and hickory wood burning are in the air. Apples are at their sweetest, and the cider is flowing . Pumpkins are everywhere glowing that fabulous dusky orange.Pies and breads are coming out of the oven at a furious pace now that the temperature has dropped, and they warm the house in a wonderfully aromatic way.Now there isn't much left to do out in the yard beyond picking the last of the eggplant and chili peppers .That and putting the last of the garlic in the ground.

How fast the Summer went by, even with the extended tomato season this year....I know its just an illusion , but still it sure seems like there will be a lifetime before that first tasty young tender Spinach salad of the Spring comes around again , it's hard to wait.... but for now it's time to just enjoy all of the cozy things that autumn and winter bring.

Oct 28, 2007

Green Thumb Sunday

The Christmas Cacti are really coming along. I know that at least one of them is going to bloom for Thanksgiving, and the baby of the bunch may not even bloom this season, though I am crossing my fingers that the last few cool nights may have set some buds on that little guy.There is still hope for one to bloom around the yuletide , so I haven't given up hope yet.Then again, if none of them behave it always opens me up to acquiring a new color for what is becoming my collection.

I spent the afternoon, with the help of my two fabulous kids, bringing the whole gaggle of houseplants back in for the Winter as I have heard whisperings that there may be some scattered frost. So if the pictures of my plants are less than stellar the fact that they are no longer being photographed under the canopy of the big blue sky will explain it all. I am sure the shots will improve as the Winter progresses so have no fear!! ;)

Thanks for stopping by and, check back often for updates on the Christmas Cactus Bloomathon !!

Oct 25, 2007

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme....

Okay, technically I didn't grow any Sage this year other than my Pineapple Sage, but I do love that song .....

Today I harvested the majority of my savory herbs. I didn't completely de-nude the plants, as the weather here has been fairly moderate. I am figuring that those wonderful herbs still have a few weeks of growing and providing fresh foliage for my culinary quests , so I am leaving them pretty bushy. In addition, what I harvested , added to what I have left over from last time I cut them back and dried them, along with the Rosemary and Sweet Bay that will come inside, should just about get me thru the Winter.
They do look lovely though.....

Tomorrow they Dry.....

Oct 21, 2007

Green Thumb Sunday

I was tempted to put up some more pictures of my Christmas Cacti this weekend, however, they seem to enjoy the publicity a little too much and are getting a tad ahead of themselves. It seems as if at least one of them is going to bloom well before Thanksgiving,I am crossing my fingers and toes that it holds off beyond Halloween. So this week I am bringing back the Pineapple Sage which is covered in the sweetest scarlet blooms.
I think that the Rio Grande Plum tomatoes evident in the picture are extremely telling of the weather we have been experiencing around the area lately. I knew planting the extras in pots was going to turn out to be a good idea!

Next week we will go back to Adventures in Christmas Cacti ....I promise :)

Oct 19, 2007

When Can I Start my Seeds Already?!?!?!

I know that realistically my tomato garden was only put to bed last Sunday, but already I am itching to have the aroma of tomato plants around me. It is going to be hard to try and control myself for the next 3 and a half months while I wait patiently for that magical time of Winter when I can sit down in my ultra small, ultra crowded, Craft/Storage/Plant room and start sowing the seeds of next Summers Vegetable-y goodness. Lately I have been distracting myself by perusing the multitude of seed stores on-line, and the catalogues I have been receiving via mail. I must confess though, Heirloom Tomatoes have become akin to some strange and exotic addiction for me. I already have close to two dozen different varieties all waiting for their days in the sun, but that doesn't stop me from wanting to acquire more. I am like a junky needing a fix.In my little world, the variety that I don't have yet, might be the one that is the most sublime of them all, and I must have it just so I don't miss out on the experience. Strange, huh?!?
Now I am starting to feel bad . I am neglecting the joys of the many other types of vegetables I grow. Eggplants so lovely in their shades of purple,white, green and cream....peppers of every color,size and sweet to heat....cucumbers, oh my lovely crisp , cool cucumbers, so versatile....and not to forget zucchini and garlic, green beans and snow peas....Summer seems so far away now.

At least I have my love of apples to keep me going....but thats for another day.

Oct 16, 2007

Seeds a Poppin'

Over the weekend, I was out and about with my youngest daughter and decided to take the long and scenic way home.While driving by the marshes, out of the corner of my eye I spotted the most wonderful display of seedy goodness . There, on the edge of parking lot that butts up against a wild and brambly area, stood a glorious Milkweed plant in all of its fluffy podded glory!! I was definitely lucky enough to go by on that day as one more and the pods would have completely exploded, spilling their wispy seeds into oblivion. I took only one pod, and now I can't wait until I can clear out an area to scatter the seeds about. If they decide to take, the butterflies are going to have a great time in my backyard next Summer.

Oct 14, 2007

Green Thumb Sunday

It is a little early, but my Christmas Cacti are starting to do their thing. They are doing it by leaps and bounds it seems, so much so that I am thinking these may be Thanksgiving Cacti this year( I do amuse me )So I guess for the next few weeks its going to be a Zygocactus-fest around here!!

The guy up above is the one I have had the longest. I bought it about 5-6 years ago at a garden Center that no longer exists. This big beauty was a scrawny mess tucked away in the discount area....my luck, it not only flourished , but the following season a variegated Spider Plant popped up in the pot along with it!! This one is just starting to set some nice buds.

This beauty I have had for a few years. It is catching up in size to my big older buddy, and it has set the ,most buds the quickest this season. I dont think this one is even going to wait for thanksgiving to bloom!!

This is my new little guy. I found a leaf sitting on the plant table at a department store last winter, so I rescued it and hoped for the best with rooting. Well I am so pleased that he is doing so well in his tiny 4 inch home. I cannot wait to see if he will bloom this year, and if it does, what color it will be.

So keep checking back for updates on their progress!! :)

Oct 12, 2007

It's Almost Over

The other shoe has finally dropped as far as the weather is concerned. The hot , humid, summer like days are gone. They have been replaced by more seasonable cool crisp fall days and almost cold nights, and it doesn't look like this is going to reverse itself. After all it is October again.
This means a nearing end of my vegetable garden for this season. I knew it had to happen eventually, but as this veggie season kept dragging on, it seemed that there would be an endless supply of luscious tomatoes of every size and color deep into the pristine crystal clear days of Autumn. Unfortunately I got a good look at the garden yesterday during a break in the much needed rain, and much to my dismay, the tomato plants are looking like death.There is still an enormous amount of tomatoes in every stage of ripening on them, but the plants themselves are closer to death than life. So with a heavy heart I will take two large bowls out with me on Sunday and place the tomatoes with color in one, and the largest of the greenies in the other. Then with a fond farewell, I will pull up the plants that have sustained me so selflessly these past 3 months.

On the brighter side of things, the chili peppers are still as pretty as they were in June. Even nicer my bargain store eggplants don't seem to want to quit, but after the next two fruit are big enough to harvest , they are getting yanked as well.

Its a wonderful consolation though, knowing that it wont be long before we can start seriously contemplating seeds for the 2008 season!!

Oct 10, 2007


Finally....Rain!! Its been weeks without a drop. I was starting to get a bit anxious seeing the reservoir lower than its been in the 15 years that we have lived here.I have cut way back on my watering to the detriment of many of my flowers and veggies, but what can you do.More frightening was the thought that my sister's well might run dry, like some other folks have been facing this season. It is'nt nearly enough rain to make up for the weeks without, but it is a start. Of course they are calling for rain Friday too, that makes me less happy, as I dont relish the thought of sitting in it to watch the High School football game. I should be used to that by now as it seems that 90% of our home games are frigid and raining, but thats a price I am willing to pay to watch the team play well....go team go!!!

Oct 7, 2007

Green Thumb Sunday

Well , I couldn't decide on feature plant for the GTS blog. So I am giving myself another week to decide between my newly budding Christmas Cacti, or my soon to be going dormant Amaryllis. I am leaning more toward the Cacti as they are just starting to do their thing for the season, and the Amaryllis aren't going to be doing anything exciting for a few more months yet. I may also throw a few seasonal things into the mix too keep things exciting and to keep you all on your toes :)

So here today is my lovely Pineapple Sage starting to blossom. I never really expected this to be a favorite bloomer of mine, but what do ya' know!! I bought it truthfully because the idea of Pineapple Sage in my fresh Summer herbal iced tea made my mouth happy. Now I am hoping that I can keep this guy going through the winter as the flowers are absolutely stunning. This is almost a shrub in size so I am excited about the impact it will have once it is in full splendor. I will try to get a picture of it on here when it is glorious full bloom, but for now there is just this one beauty and a bunch of buds for me to share with you.

See You All next Sunday, when I will either decide on who will become the next plant participant in our Sunday Bloomathon, or showcase the glorious Pineapple Sage in its full Glory!!

Oct 4, 2007

Whew,What Happened to Autumn?!?

About 2 and a half weeks ago I was wondering where Summer went since we were having such unseasonably cold weather. Now I am asking the same with Autumn.....where did you go crispy nights and cool clear days??? It looks, feels, and smells like August out there, well maybe not really as warm as August, but just as muggy, and I hear that the next few days are just going to get worse. I do love the fact that my tomatoes are doing gang-busters, but I want it to feel like Fall when I go to get my apples. Those apples aren't going to wait forever for me to have the right temperature day, so come on Autumn, strut your stuff already!!!

Oct 3, 2007

Its October ...Think Pink

It's October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every one out there has the chance of being affected by this. Please if you can, donate to the cause, if you cant donate, then remind the Goddesses in your life to check themselves. Better still if they can,get a mammogram...and do this for yourself as well. They may not be flowers, but we grow 'em just the same from bud to blossom....don't forget to tend to your Blooms ladies !!

Click on the Title above to go to the NBCAM website for more information.

Oct 1, 2007

Maybe Fall IS Really Here

Springing up all over my gardens are these lovely Native Connecticut Asters. A sure sign that Summer has ended. Lucky for me I absolutely adore these plants , though some people think of them as weeds,including my husband. A few years back he did me a huge favor by "weeding" my Garden for me.Then he came to me all proud and told me how he had pulled out most of those tall weeds that were plaguing my garden.....Well there wasn't much to do but thank him, and correct him, maybe even laugh a little. I figured he meant well enough ...sigh...and I got lucky and caught him early the next year before any of my Asters got the ax. He remembers now, that even if they look like weeds when they are young, they are most definitely not weeds to me.They are back in full force this year in all of their pastel glory, ushering in Autumn, just as pretty as can be!