Autumn Garden

What? Am I still here? The way my blogging habits have been going I can’t promise I’ll stay, but I’m here right now so be it.

Autumn is coming into the garden. It was a huge year: my second with Gardener’s World (we’re watching it via BritBox these days) and all the grand ambitions it brings on. I now I have two perennial borders (40′ by 7′ apiece), four raised beds, a veg patch, a large terraced area by the driveway, and a shade garden…which I had to tear apart this summer because we’re due (some day…when we’re old and gray) to have a septic pipe trenched through it so hus-tree can have water in the workshop.

I planted the first perennial border last summer, so I got to see it come up this spring. It was glorious but also needed a lot of working and moving-around, which I did in the heat of the summer, which was a stupid thing to do. My plants are mostly crispy but somehow also mostly alive.

The veg patch has been a little more successful.

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It doesn’t look tidy. Veg patches in real life just don’t.

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This is Dead On, a red savoy cabbage that I grew purely for beauty. This is the largest of six heads I have growing, and I’ll pick it soon–and take pictures. Savoys are always so gorgeous on the inside, and I can’t wait to see a red one.

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The tomatoes were a mishmash of experiments and desperation: three cherry tomato plants grown from seed I saved from a punnet of Trader Joe’s heirloom cherry tomatoes. I’m happy to report that they all grew true, so TJ isn’t pulling your leg about the heirloom part.

I also bought three mismatched tomato plants in a moment of desperation when I thought my seedlings weren’t going to pull through. Note for future years: the tomato seedlings always pull through. They’re just waiting for it to get warm.

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I’m growing tiny pumpkins this year for decorations, some orange…

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…and some white. The nice part about miniature pumpkins is that they’re prolific. And oh, these white pumpkins, they look so good with everything.

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Good with the broccoli (variety Red Fire, which didn’t flower in the spring–only just starting now after taking up half the garden all summer)

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Good with dahlia “Edinburgh.”

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Mabon is pretty much over now, but my hall table is still into it.

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