Hello! Life is funny, isn’t it? We go about our days, and the days turn into weeks, and the weeks fold into months. My garden is starting to wrap things up for the season, at least parts of it are, yet it seems like just yesterday when it all began. I am so appreciative and thankful for all of the beauty it has provided me for so much of the year. It certainly deserves a break!
In my morning walkabout yesterday (which is when I took the feature image above, with the pink-hued sky), I marveled at how many plants are still producing flowers. The sunflowers are producing tiny flowers along branches that are barely attached to their main stems. The sweet pea are still flowering, although they are no longer fragrant. The little lime hydrangea are producing lots of new blooms, while the incrediball hydrangea have slowed down (but not stopped).
Looking for color? The alstromeria and dahlias have show stopping colors, and are still going strong. The asters have been blooming since September and are just starting to slow down now.
On the squash side, the Marina Di Chioggia squash seem to be finished growing. They are large! I have two Red Kuri squash that have turned orange from yellow, but have not made their final transition to red just yet. The pumpkins are nearly all orange. Nearly.
We mustn’t forget the roses. They are still producing new buds, and have lots of color from flowers that are currently blooming. There is a distinctively different feel to the garden now from the summer months, but the beauty continues.
Life is full. I try and do little gardening jobs along the way. When I stop doing that, those little jobs become big jobs and doing them, even in my head, becomes a lot harder. I also make a point of going in the garden every day, even if it is just my walkabout. Between my chickens, the birds, flowers, trees, and sky, there is *always* something to admire and be thankful for.
I hope you, too, find beauty in the every day.
I’m so happy with how the little lime border looks – as well as the lavender border! That was a fun project this year.
This is the ‘backside’ of the flower arch, which has three Marina Di Chioggia squash (two visible here) on one side and sweet pea on the other. There’s just a short opportunity in the morning to capture pictures on the front now, as the seasons change.
I couldn’t resist making another arrangement! The alstromeria were new to work with here, and I’m so glad I added them! This also has dahlias: Maxi, Cafe au Lait, and Tam-Tam, with some bright pink asters and one very curvy and long stem of delphinium.
I have a lot of flowers inside at the moment! These ‘Teasing Georgia’ David Austin roses were hanging very low to the ground where no one could enjoy their beauty. So I saved them and brought them inside 🙂
I’ll admit that it is *much* easier to find beauty when the sky is so blue and the sun is shining! May we all have more days like these!
Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you enjoyed the tour. How do you look for beauty in your day?
Our squashes are small and I was disappointed but Mary reminded me that they were a small variety. They are for eating rather than decoration/carving.
Hi Paddy, where did you source the eating pumpkins from? I haven’t been able to find them the past two years. I’d prefer the smaller baking varieties than the large jack-o-lantern pumpkins (we love making pumpkin bread/cake).
We ordered the seed online from Johnstown Garden Centre. Pumpkin ‘Baby Bear’; €4.49
Thank you, Paddy. I’ll have a look for next season.
We’ve eaten our first as a vegetable with dinner, cut into segments and roasted in the oven and it was delicious.
Now I have to confess that I have never eaten pumpkin cooked on its own! But of course, I’ve had so many other varieties of squash, why wouldn’t you roast it? Learn something new every day! 🙂
It is very pleasant and this variety struck me as particularly suited
OUr favourite use if to make soup.
There is nothing like fresh pumpkin soup! We have also enjoyed pumpkin pancakes with pecans (a love it or hate it kinda taste). We tend to go sweet with it, with muffins or bread/cake. People who haven’t tried it are really missing out! 🙂