It’s officially the fall season and I can feel the difference in the air. It’s crisper and mornings are cool, I smelled woodsmoke from fireplaces on the air the other day. Many folks still heat their homes with wood around here. And the first v’s of Canadian geese flew overhead this afternoon. And even better, it rained last Saturday! We got just over an inch. It was such joy hearing it on the roof. Fingers crossed that it’s a rainy winter, we sorely need the water.
The vegetable garden is prolific. I finally have tomatoes as well as zucchini, beans, cucumbers, lettuce, arugula, kale and chard. Even the broccoli and cauliflower are starting to head up.
The pollinator garden is looking the worse for no summer water. Hopefully it will come back in the spring once we have a little rain.
I cut back the perennials this month, and will do a little reseeding in late October.
In the flower beds, I’ve done a little replanting in two spots where it looked bare, plants were not thriving. The baskets are to deter digging by my favorite puppy. The new soft, enhanced and enriched soil was too attractive to her. I came out the morning after I planted the bed to find deep holes and plants tossed everywhere. Luckily they hadn’t been damaged too much, I had found the disaster early enough to replant without too many fatalities.
The rest of the garden is ‘getting by’ but looking a bit sad. This is not the best time of year for gardens in California.
More and more I am becoming a fan of succulents which don’t require much water or even attention.
The dogs keep me company and entertained in the garden.
I will end with this picture of an amazing zucchini flower that looks like an alien.
Aren’t plants wonderful?!
Happy gardening everyone, I hope you are enjoying the change of seasons.