Quiet season in the garden

September was productive for the vegetable garden. Among other things we harvested a lot of tomatoes and made sauce for freezing. ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????In the sauce we put our own home-grown parsley, onions, garlic and green peppers. We put the sauce in small containers for freezing, then use them all year for pasta and chili and some soups and casseroles. Right now the freezer is pretty packed.

I did not accomplish much in the flower garden: no big renovations, no major planting of hundreds of bulbs like I did last year. And that’s fine–I did lots of garden work earlier in this past season, and if a few weeds have snuck in I will get to them next spring. Here are some pictures of the garden from the last month.

September 15 dahlia

September 15 dahlia

zinnias

zinnias

Tater relaxing, as usual

Tater relaxing, as usual

I did do a little weeding in the back yard, and took some before and after shots with my trusty camera:

before

before

after

after

And David tackled the messy potting shed, with spectacular results — I ran back into the house to get the camera when I saw how neat everything looked: ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????I was not as motivated to get things done–for the months of September and October I just enjoyed the garden, weeds and all. sept 21 076Above is a picture from the front yard. I liked the way the light hit the hosta leaves. The picture also captures some nice turtleheads, and cimifuga. My cimifuga has made lots of babies, so now I have a whole “grove” of them. Very nice! We had an early light frost in September, and then mild weather until last night when it frosted again. A few days ago David went around and took pictures of what was still blooming.

ladybell and fall leaves

ladybell and fall leaves

flowering tobacco

flowering tobacco

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corydalis--it looks so delicate, but it's tough!

corydalis–it looks so delicate, but it’s tough!

One last rather sad-looking poppy

One last rather sad-looking poppy

???????????????????????????????This beautiful lonicera is blooming but the hummingbirds have gone for the year. Here comes winter!