As the days grow shorter and work becomes seasonally busier I treasure the time I spend outdoors. Difficult to leave for work on time and that is not a good thing as the road is still being repaired. The drive time is longer with the distance to work now doubled.
This morning Stretch & I walked and I found I was dragging my feet about going indoors to get ready for work.
It started with an errant bloom laying on the drive. Carolina Jessamine. I have never seen this vine bloom in fall.
I am fascinated by the bloom from the Shampoo (or Pinecone) ginger. It is taking on a reddish hue as the days grow short.
Finally on Oct 3rd, the Hibiscus sabdariffa aka Roselle began to bloom. This morning there were two open blooms with many more buds in the future.
Also in bloom on the edges of the drive were Echinacea
And the color is more intense than the photo shows but a wild Salvia in a brilliant blue is in full bloom.
So the weather is still hot and ever so dry. I am procrastinating on moving plants into the greenhouse. I wish for a slow soaking rain so I won't need to immediately begin to water in the greenhouse.
I hope there will be suitable time to move the mass of plants indoors at a later date.
One raised bed is full of the Roselle, a malingering tomato and some herbs. The lettuce is struggling to take off. It doesn't like the heat nor the shade I planted it in. Most of the Petite Rouge seedlings have died off. I have another batch started.
I need to decide which raised bed will host the multiplying onions this year. October is the time to get them planted. One raised bed is laying fallow and I intend to plant hairy vetch in it. The third raised bed still harbors the Jambalaya okra, one bell and one loaded Aleppo pepper. I am letting the Aleppo ripen and will remove the seeds and dry the sliced pepper meat. It will be flaked when dry to use as seasoning. I think this bed will be where the onions will reside till springtime.
I have a plan... now I just need the inspiration.
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