Yesterday was hot and sticky and crazy humid around our place. Working in the backyard wasn’t especially fun, but I got through it because I had looked at the 10 day forecast earlier in the morning. Not a single day over 75 is predicted and and the coolest night should hover around the 50 degree mark. Not too shabby if you ask me.
This little 7 week window, between now and the end of October, is one of my favorite times of year. The mornings and evenings are cool, the mosquitoes have left town and I can actually feel like I’m making a dent in whatever work there is to be done outside.
The Autumn Joy Sedum is finally in bloom!
And the spinner gourd vines are still climbing.
But I think the lemon queen sunflowers are my favorite thing I planted this year. Just look at those centers! I was planning on selling sunflowers at the vegetable stand this summer, but I just can’t bear to cut them. I’d rather be able to look at out the kitchen window and see them along the fence.
The back 40. The bean tepees make me smile when I think of our resident Peter Rabbit sneaking into the garden for his mid morning snack. Those poor vines, with their little legs all stripped of leaves and no sign of a green bean on the bottom 12 inches of the vines.
The feeling isn’t the same though when I come across a baby pumpkin with a few bites out of it.
Luckily though, we still have at least a dozen or more pumpkins on the vine and he doesn’t seem to have an interest in the more mature one that have already begun to turn orange. Maybe the skins are too tough? I don’t know, I just hope there will be enough to decorate the front porch with and maybe a few extra for carving and to offer the neighborhood kids. We’ll see.
And last but not least, my tomatoes! Almost all the big ones this year have major cracks in them. I blame it on the major rain spells and intense heat we’ve had this summer. I haven’t had any problems with the cherry or Roma tomatoes, but the big ones, they’re just a mess.
How are your tomatoes faring this year?
Are you having any problems? Curious minds want to know.
Have a wonderful Thursday everyone, keep calm and garden on. 😉