Six on Saturday - October 24, 2020

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The Frosts arrived Thursday night.  I'd also turned on the living room heater on Thursday.  Friday morning I turned on the car heater instead of the air conditioner or vent for the first time too.  So long summer and lovely early autumn.  It's all down hill from here!   Easier gardening though as I don't plant cool season crops until peas in February, and Wintersowing doesn't start until the end of December.

1 - I'll start off with the frost.  Here it is on the ground cover wallflower.

 
2 - Pretty yellow leaves on the pomegranate and wisteria.











 

3 - An unwelcome visitor grasshopper on the cosmos.  I left it there.

 
4 - Dragon Tongue bush beans are my new favorite kind to grow!  I got mine from Baker Creek. These didn't go in until August, and while they were killed Thursday night, produced amazingly well in such a short time.  Imagine a full growing season!  Plus, the large ones I missed cooked up just as tender as the smaller ones.  Funny how they cook up light green.  Below they are shown with Slenderette.
 









5 - Trying my hand at drying yarrow. It's supposed to make a great dried flower.


6 - Another unwelcome visitor, this time in the shed.  I had to bring my saved and new seeds indoors, as a "something" I suspect is a rat was eating them!  It got a lot of the large Russian sunflower seeds before I noticed.  I like rats (they make wonderful, intelligent, clean, sociable pets), so will not set traps.  It's welcome to whatever tomatoes are left, it's been helping itself to those recently too.  

 
Here's to the approaching winter!
Keep those masks on and get your 'flu shot! 




Comments

  1. Lovely pictures. We're even having fall weather here in Southeast Texas today. A cool front arrived late yesterday and our high is supposed to be 70 today. But back to the 80s next week. And I got my flu shot on Thursday while wearing my mask!

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    1. We are in the upper 60s, then next week back to the 70s, but nights are all in the 30s, and tomorrow night is supposed to be 25. I got my 'flu shot at a drive-through clinic. Masked of course.

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  2. ...a nice collection of images, I should try some Dragon Tagon beans!

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    1. It's the first time I tried something a bit different from the usual bush beans.

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  3. I imagine the grasshopper will soon be finished off by the cold weather...

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    1. As will the cosmos. They'll probably go tomorrow night, when it's in the 20s.

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  4. Tonight's our first real freeze, but a thaw tomorrow. I'm feeling somewhat prepared in the garden, but nervous, too. Those dragon tongue beans are striking and I may try them. I like that they stay tender... Stay cozy, Lisa.

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  5. Frost can be so destructive to some plants, but can also enhance others, as in your wallflower. That is a lovely photo of the grasshopper on the cosmos. That is a lovely crop of beans. Gosh! That rat has had a feast!! I’m sure it will hang around for more!

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  6. Ouch .... the frost has arrived for you ... Here, the wisteria still has green leaves, but they start to turn color and the wind makes them drop. The ginkgo is completely naked now. Nice beans! It's funny this change of color when cooking

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  7. We also enjoy beans from the garden - Broad Beans, French Beans and Runner Beans but we never save the beans as dried beans; we always eat them fresh. Actually, it is only the Broad beans which are eaten as an actual bean - with the others, we eat pod and all while young. Great vegetables, easy and prolific.

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  8. I've not had the first frost yet, but it can't be far away. The picture you've taken of the frosted leaves is lovely. The yarrow looks like it should make a good dried flower. I'd not considered doing that. I hope it retains some of its colour.

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  9. It is definitely cooling down.

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