pod's blog: The bittersweet days of fall...

Posted on Oct 4, 2017 9:37 PM

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.

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I am fascinated by the bloom from the Shampoo (or Pinecone) ginger. It is taking on a reddish hue as the days grow short.

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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.

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Also in bloom on the edges of the drive were Echinacea

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And the color is more intense than the photo shows but a wild Salvia in a brilliant blue is in full bloom.

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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.

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I have a plan... now I just need the inspiration.

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