Summer Fades

Having spent a good part of my life in school, Labor Day week end feels to me like the end of Summer.  I know the Autumn Equinox is still a few weeks away…and our first frost even more distant..but schools reopen this week and that signals a change. The days are noticeably shorter and the air feels different. It has been cool here this week end, though a bit humid. The crisp days of Fall are not yet here, but Summer is fading.

The gardens are looking a bit tired.  Things are definitely past their prime.  I had to pull most of the tomato plants up yesterday because they have gotten a blight which unfortunately also spread to the basil nearby.


 I have a lot of green tomatoes ripening in brown bags and plenty of pesto already in the freezer, so it is not a total disaster, but it is early to be without fresh basil and ripe tomatoes from the garden.  


I was able to leave a few plants, though you can see how pathetic they look after I removed the yellow leaves.

But it is not all bad news.  Some things are doing quite well.  It has been a good year for cucumbers.

IMG_2750I brought three big ones in yesterday and today I see there are more coming!  I am not a big pickle fan so I think cucumber salad will be in our future.


The peppers are also pretty happy.

IMG_2702And we have an eggplant!  Despite the fact that some bug has been feasting on the leaves of the plant, it has managed to produce an eggplant.  That is one more than we got last year.  And there are more flowers.  So fingers crossed for a few more.

The brussels sprouts are getting bigger.

IMG_2754They will stay throughout the Fall and in fact are improved by a frost.  I always save some for Thanksgiving dinner in November.

The winter squash is also growing well and there are quite a few of them.

IMG_2714Another favorite for Thanksgiving dinner…

IMG_2752The orange of the marigolds and nasturtiums  add an autumnal glow to the emptying gardens.

And the Three Sisters’ Bed has a look and feel of Autumn as well…

IMG_2707..with the bright scarlet runner beans and a few pumpkins.


Someone has already sampled one of the pumpkins.  But we also have gourds.

IMG_2708There are a few scattered about and they are all different.  

Summer is fading….the late summer flowers are having their moment.

IMG_2724Goldenrod and jewelweed are just glorious at the “dog park.”  Nature is not done.  There is much more to come.


Our morning glories are blooming at last!

And miracle of miracles…

IMG_2773..we have green beans!  The deer have left us a few!


The pinks and whites of mid summer are giving way to the reds and golds of autumn.  There is change in the air…as Nature quietly moves on…and the cycle continues.  The harvest will continue for awhile…

IMG_2729…..and our greenhouse has arrived! 😊



About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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One Response to Summer Fades

  1. Pam R. says:

    Loved the photo of the goldenrod and jewelweed, very early autumn-ish!!

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