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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Still Blooming

Well, there’s frost in the forecast. I’m not too sure who will fair this latest prediction so, before all is lost, I thought I would share some of the lingering blooms from this year’s garden.

There are still some Butterflies and Bees fluttering about. The butterflies I’ve been able to spy are white ones.

To my utter delight, I found a few surprise Carnations in the garden the other morning.

I’ve tried to harvest each and every spent bloom in hopes of being able to grown some of my own over the Winter. We’ll see how that goes:) They may not look as fresh and perky as a Spring day, but they sure haven’t lost their spicy scent!

The Peppermint Phlox is attempting to make a comeback. I should have been more diligent in cutting it back earlier. It may have made a full return. I’ve harvested some seeds from this one too in the same hopes:)

When I was at the diner the other morning, there were a bunch of hunters sitting around making predictions for the upcoming Winter. One of them insisted that the Woolly Bear Caterpillar, sometimes called the Wooly Worm, was the most accurate forecaster. The questions is, Can Wooly Worms Predict Winter Weather?

So far I’ve seen three this year: Two of them have had what I would call wide middles, while one didn’t. Kinda iffy right? You really should follow that Woolly Bear link to the Farmers’ Almanac. It introduces you to Isabella and how the legend began…

Do Woolly Bear Caterpillars Forecast Winter Weather? According to legend, the wider that middle brown section is (i.e., the more brown segments there are), the milder the coming winter will be. Conversely, a narrow brown band is said to predict a harsh winter.

I love this shot of the Mexican Sunflower, Cleome, and Zinnia. I’m hoping all three of these will be reseeding on their own. (I don’t know if you can see them but the seeds on the pink cleome are in those little spider like pouches that look like string beans. They will pop right open as the plant dies off.) Although, I must say, digging out those seeds from the Mexican Sunflower is no easy task. My fingers are all sliced up from those prickles. It will all be worth though. They are still blooming magnificently. Actually, neighbors have been “dropping by” to ask me what they are. Of course, they all leave with harvested seeds too:)

Do you remember when I had a broken toe in the Spring and Bill, the boy across the street, planted these Orange Paper like flowers in the garden for me? Well, they never stopped blooming once! I really need to make note of their names the next time I go out there. I sure have been saving their spent flowers too. I’m not sure where the seeds will be but, I’ll have plenty to “play” with! As promised, Bill and his family have been well stocked with garden goodies the last few weeks:)

Dependable Marigold, another blooming machine. I must say, I really do like them more than Mums. For some reason, Mums just don’t like me, lol…I’ll be planting a lot more varieties of Marigolds next year. Their seeds are the easiest to harvest, plant and grow:)

Perhaps the most surprising discovery in the garden has been the Fiesta Hollyhocks. Oh my goodness, they too have been blooming continuously. I’ve already harvested some of their seeds and sowed them right in front of the garden. There are tiny seedlings growing but they probably won’t make it through the Winter. Gee, I wish I had thought to sow some earlier.

The thing with Hollyhocks is they don’t bloom until the second year. I’ll be growing them over the Winter but, I may need to buy some for flowering next year. Don’t you love this shot with the Hollyhocks majestically standing and the Sunflowers nodding off, lol…

I’ve cut down most of the Sunflowers with Bill’s help. Let me tell you, those stalks are nothing to balk at! We put most of the heads in burlap sacks and stored them in the shed. We left a few out for the birds to feast on now.

We also left these two smaller late bloomers to the birds and the bees. I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of the bees on these two. It seems every time I go out to the garden there’s all kinds of bees on them:)

I just can’t leave you without something to eat. I attempted to do a post for Hispanic Heritage Month which runs from September 15 through October 15th but, it doesn’t look like I’m going to make it. I chose to do some research on Caribbean Cuisine and share a few cookbooks too but, alas, it just isn’t ready for serving. I found a Hispanic Heritage Blog Hop if you would like to “play”. There sure are some tasty fun blogs participating! As for me, I hope you don’t mind these Asparagus with Tomatillos I’ve harvested from the Sunset Mexican Cookbook. They remind me of Spring:)

From where we sit after the gardening chores are done for the day:)