We're almost through here...the growing season is pretty much over. The sprinklers are off now...in fact, as I'm typing this on Thursday evening, we've enjoyed a day of rain in Eastern Washington with more rain predicted for the weekend. Before I know it, it will be time to blow them out and just off the water to the yard for the season.
I can't believe the first week of October is already finished. The time seems to go so quickly. February rolls in with its winter winds and I'm chomping at the bit to get my garden going, longing for the vibrant colors of spring and summer. By the end of September, however, I'm tired. I've fretted over those same vibrant flowers, worried about the health of my vegetables, and generally expended tons of mental and physical energy in caring for the outside of our home. I secretly rejoice when the weather calls "game over". Still, here we are in the first week of October and no hard freeze has hit. I spent a number of hours in the yard Wednesday. The lawn is loving the mild weather and so I'm still mowing. I finally decided to rip out the tomato plants. While I had roughly 100 tomatoes on the vine, the slugs were taking advantage of the weather and enjoying them at unprecedented rates. Not only that, but we just weren't getting the weather they need to ripen. (I did save 20+, but between black moldy looking stuff and slugs, the rest were goners.) In the meantime, there are still interesting things to see in our yard.
The fairies seem to be moving in. Doesn't this look like a fairy village?
Our pumpkin plant sent its vines up a tree and then crossed into another tree. We have tiny little pumpkins in our trees! I know they won't ripen for us this year...so sad, but I think it is so silly that they're in the tree.
Oh, and our zucchini continue to be confused...they're blooming again.
It is Fertilizer Friday (sans fertilizer!), so head over to Tootsie's to see what is going on in gardens that aren't winding down...lots of them aren't and it is wonderful to see those tropical flowers as we get ready for winter here. (Tootsie herself is featuring some absolutely amazing photos of the Mosaiculture International Gardens in Montreal ...you'll be stunned, I promise.)