Today was an amazing day. After some very “swampy” hot and humid weather a few days ago, followed by some very impressive thunderstorms, the air has finally cleared. It is crisp and dry and cool. Delicious really. Fall has arrived! You can feel the change. There are a few yellow leaves and a sense of expectation of more to come. No matter what you think of winter, Fall is a glorious time, especially in New England. Like so many others, it is my favorite season.
I walked around the gardens today to take stock. The nights are growing cool and the heat loving plants are finishing their time. My tomatoes were getting a blight. My neighbor told me hers had gotten one a few weeks ago so I wasn’t surprised. They are mostly done in any case. So I cut them back, harvesting all the tomatoes. I have 2 brown bags in the pantry full of green tomatoes. They should ripen in a few days.
There is still some chard growing and a bit of lettuce which is almost ready. And LOTS of marigolds.
I have harvested my one pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. It sits near the nasturtiums at the foot of the scarlet runner teepee. You can see that the deer have been back. But there are some bean pods so I will harvest them and save the seeds for next year.
Nature is not finished yet. The gardens change with the seasons. The thrill of the daffodils emerging is long past. The colors of Spring fade and the Summer flowers take their place. Now the late bloomers are having their turn…to be followed by the incredible show the trees will put on as their leaves turn to yellows and reds. There is more to come!
It is nice to pause in the midst of the end of the summer chores and just enjoy it all!