Welcome to my October garden! We’re definitely feeling not only fall here, but also the end of the season with a number of plants biting the dust with some early light frost we had last week. That combined with our record-setting September rain has put quite a damper (pun completely intended) on the garden.
Hydrangeas, Japanese Anemones, and Asters are providing the color in October, and those hydrangeas give me joy every. single. day.
I still also have some roses blooming, but right now the border beds look good because of the evergreen background plants – one of the reasons I try to include evergreens like arborvitae, boxwood, and dwarf alberta spruce in all my large borders.
The herb garden is at its fullest right now and our dehydrator is working hard at drying those that don’t last through the winter like basil, parsley and lemon verbena.
That record rain I mentioned earlier pretty much stopped the vegetable garden cold – the tomatoes we’re eating now were all picked partially green about a week ago to ripen inside. As soon as I heard the forecast for heaps of cold rain, I harvested the rest of the ripe peppers, cucumbers, and the dry beans. The corn and zucchini were all finished a couple weeks ago.
And my Emerite beans that I love for the ‘second wind’ harvest I usually get from them in October? A late night visit from some deer at the beginning of September denied me of that…sigh. They ate only the new, tender growth (of course) that would have gone on to produce beans a few weeks later so we’ve been sadly beanless this fall.
What are your gardens looking like now?
Well, TGPers, this is our second-to-last party for the season! The last Tuesday Garden Party for the 2013 season will be next week, October 15th and I plan on looking back through this season’s parties to find some of my favorite photos, tips, and anything else that strikes my fancy to have the ultimate TGP Highlight post of the year! Feel free to link up any garden post on the 15th from the season that you like – it can be something you’ve already linked earlier or not. I’m looking forward to a fun farewell – until the next season, that is!