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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:)

39 comments:

  1. Love your garden! So many interesting plants, and you take such great photos of them. I really should read up on the woolly bear caterpillar -- I've heard about them forever, and a lot of those old folk tales have something going for them. Fun post -- thanks.

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    1. You should read up on that Woolly Bear, John...The theory is rather intriguing...I too think there is some substance to those "old folk tales."

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  2. Your garden still has so many varieties of flowers! May the first frost not do too much damage and let those flowers keep blooming a little longer.

    Velva

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    1. Hi Velva!
      As of early this morning, they are all still blooming!!! Fingers crossed:)

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  3. Hi Louise, we call the paper like flowers that your neighbor planted for you straw flowers, not sure what there real name is. Looks like you have a beautiful flower garden. Love the big happy sunflowers.

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    1. Hi Cheri!
      I totally forgot, Cheri. Yes, they are called Straw Flowers and there are quite a few varieties. I must make note of these and get me some more!!!

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  4. Good evening dear Louise , what a beautiful and magnificent garden you have a very peaceful place to sit and enjoy after the work is done .If I had to pick a flower , I daresay I would have to have some of each , they all are so lovely . Most everyone down here believes in the Woolly Bear Caterpillar .
    My family love Asparagus with Tomatillos , it's delicious and easy , as you know I have some pickle diced jalapenos on the side for heat ;- D . Thanks so much for sharing ... Happy Columbus Day to you and Marion ... (((HUGS))) ~~Nee~~

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    1. Hi Nee!
      I'm with you Nee. I couldn't pick a favorite flower either. I have so many "favorites", lol...It seems people up here believe in the Woolly Bear legend too. There must be some truth to it, hopefully this year:) I've never had Asparagus and Tomatillos but I would love to try it! Remind me, lol...You can save me some of those pickled jalapeños too:) Marion says Hi and Happy Columbus Day too!!!

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  5. BEautiful photos. Your garden is very colorful and lovely:)

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    1. Hi Geraldine!
      Welcome back!!! Thank you, it was much brighter a few months ago, lol...

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  6. When my kids were little, and would bring marigolds home from school for Mother's Day, we would save the seeds and replant ad infinitum. Marigolds are good in the vegetable garden, because their smell repels some pests. Plus, they are so pretty, and can be planted many times through the season. I can't believe how many flowers you still have, even in October! Granted, it's been a warm October, but still....

    Have a nice week, Louise!

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    1. The flower garden is quickly dwindling Marjie. I went out early this morning and it seemed all was well. I went back out to check after breakfast and sadly the Mexican Sunflowers had lost their pizazz! As for those marigolds, yes, they are still upright and bright. I will be planting lots next year. I wonder if kids still come hoe with Marigold seeds for Mother's Day? Mine did too:) Thanks for visiting, Marjie...

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  7. Your photos sure brighten up my Monday, it's so gloomy outside and it rained the whole of Sunday!

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    1. I'm so glad, Jeannie! That makes me soooooooooo hap, hap, happy!!!

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  8. These all pictures are so beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Medeja…I'm so glad you enjoyed them:)

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  9. Oh wow, your flowers look beautiful. I must say here autumn started a week ago and it is constantly raining now. So it is lovely to see such beautiful "happy" flowers right now!
    Have a good happy week xx

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    1. Hi Alida:)
      We are expecting our share of rain any day now. The garden still manages to brighten my day. I'm so glad it brightened yours too:) Thanks for visiting...

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  10. Dear Louise, Your garden did well. I really cannot say the same; though I will not give up I shall give it another try next season.
    The sunflowers are huge!! I bet the birds and bees are very thankful to you. It is a lovely stroll through your garden.
    I hope that the Wolly Bear Caterpillar was chubby in the middle. I would like a mild winter.
    I hope that you and Marion are taking good care. blessings dear. Catherine xo

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    1. Oh Catherine, I'm so glad to hear you will not give up. Patience is a gardener's most valuable tool:) There's still plenty for the birds to eat around here so I'm saving the rest of them for the dead of Winter:) I'm hoping that Woolly is right too, Catherine. I'm not sure I could bear another frigid Winter.

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  11. Whoops, that's an error.

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    Louise, I just left a lengthy comment, and I copied and pasted the 'error message' it left, without publishing my post. Hopefully this will go thru so I'm keeping it short. Love, your beautiful garden, and all the pretty flowers that are still blooming. You surely have a 'green thumb' my dear friend! xo

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    1. So sorry you had problems, Elisabeth. I had quite the time leaving a comment on your blog too. Hopefully everything has been cleared up:)

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  12. Dear Louise,
    Finally have made it here...Daily grind you know. WOW! is all I can say..Louise you are so blessed with that green thumb for sure. Can't believe that you still have the most beautiful flowers. I love them all, but I seem to gravitate to the pink and white ones. They are so beautiful. it reminds me of an umbrella, for the fairies and little creatures. The white and pink are so perfect. Mother nature is glorious. Do not know anything about the Wolly Bear Caterpillar. I am not a bug person, but it looks interesting especially when you said it can predict the weather through legend. Have to look it up. The Sunflower is amazing! I have never seen one that close, there are so many levels to it. Very nicely done, the photos are spectacular! Your recipe of "Asparagus with Tomatillos" looks interesting. I love asparagus, and it is so good for you. Have to check into this dish.Louise, thanks for posting these incredible pictures of your garden of beauties. Hope the frost is not too bad that you don't loose them. Have a blessed rest of the week, send my greeting to Marion...
    Dottie :)

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    1. Hi Dottie,
      Thanks so much for popping by. I know how busy life gets these days. The days seem to be whizzing by:) I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. The Woolly seems to be accurate but I wouldn't put all my eggs in one basket. I think of the Woolly as the ground hog of Autumn and we know how accurate he isn't, lol...

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  13. Beautiful photos! Reminds me of my beloved Nana. We had many a lovely stroll and chat in the gardens... and always finished up with something to eat and some tea.

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    1. Thanks, Channon...So glad to spark treasured memories...

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  14. It's been such a long time since the last time I saw sunflowers. My aunt used to have them in her cottage garden and we were palying hide and seek in between them. You brought so many beautiful memories from my childhood!

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    1. I'm delighted to know wonderful memories were stirred up while visiting this post, Katerina...That makes my night!

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  15. I'm surprised at all the flowers you still have in your garden! Thanks for sharing the look of fall...the marigolds are lovely!

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    1. We've had a few nights of frost, Barbara so, they are twindling quickly. However, it was 74 degrees today and I enjiyed every moment as did those Marigolds, lol...

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  16. Louise, your flowers are beautiful. I think the marigolds are one of my favorites, maybe because when my kids were little they would always plant the seeds at school and bring their plants home for Mother's Day. We have had frost for sometime now and my flowers are all gone.

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    1. Hi Dawn,
      I'm so sorry to hear your flowers are done for the season. Isn't it wonderful to know they will return:) Marigolds and Mothers' Day seem to go so well together:)

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  17. your garden seems to be bigger than what i imagined becos of all those varieties of flowers! They are all so beautiful, i'm sure i hv seen them before in your blog but im dumb, i cant remember those names ..except for carnations..and sunflowers..haha and it;s nice to see flowers instead of food all the time ! LOL!! just kidding...

    Interesting to know about the woolly bear caterpillar being able to predict the weather. so it is really a legend or it's real?

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    1. Lol, Lena...Sometimes I can't remember all their names either. As for that Woolly, time will tell I suppose:)

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  18. OMG! Louise, all the flowers pictures are so pretty...I can only imagine how nice would be walking through it...beautiful garden! Thanks for sharing them.
    Have a great week :D

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    1. Thanks Juliana...It isn't too nice to walk through at this time of year. It's a bit over grown but, we love it!!!

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  19. Your garden is still fabulous ~~Louise~~.....you have a really green thumb!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  20. How beautiful! I can't even say what is most impressive, Louise!

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  21. Hi Louise, I really love your huge garden and all the assorted flowers. They are so gorgeous and colourful. That's my favorite sunflower, your sunflower is so huge. I'm staying in an apartment, so no chance to plant. I can only plant those mini potted plants.

    By the way for green tea leaves and left over coffee ground, don't put directly on the plant. Mix with the soil. Or you mix with water, soak it then use it to water the plant. I read in an article coffee ground can keep the slugs and snails away. Maybe you try it out and observe if it work. Egg shell mix with soil is also a good source of fertilizer.

    Try to explore this site.... http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/

    Happy gardening and have a nice day.
    Amelia

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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