Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Sure Sign Of Fall

I spied the sign on my way home today that fall was truly here. I just had to pick one up.
Delicious and a true taste of fall.

October has been a way to busy month for me with the Firefighter's BBQ and all that goes with it, trying to finish stripping, texturing and painting the last redo room in the house, intergrating a new logistic's computer program at work, readying the outside of the house for winter as well as the opening of duck season. I still haven't pulled my tomato plants nor my late corn stalks, which by the way the corn was sweet and wondrous last week after the storm blew them down. I've about a week left on the room and a few winterizing home projects to do still. I'm going to do my final harvest of all summer items on tuesday when it's dry and warm then maybe try to get a few more cool season vegetables in.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Today's Harvest

Here's todays harvest to tease all those that already pulled their tomatoes.

The Last Dog Days of Summer Give Way to Fall

Finally the last days of summer are giving way to the cooler temps of fall. The last week of high temperatures was great for those of us hanging on to our summer tomato gardens. Howvere it is time for the temps to cool and fall activities to begin. There's a fall garden to plant, a yard to winterize and hunting equipment to get ready. I still have one more room to redo before the temperatures get to cool to texture and paint. I did enjoy an early season Canada Goose hunt yesterday. It was great to get with friends, enjoy a pitch black boat ride, see the season changing, hear the honks of those big boys and almost have them in hand. The object of the hunt was to get a friends young son his first goose and the birds did not get quite close enough for a 10 year old to hit them for sure so no shots were fired. Fall is my favorite season followed by summer. Here's wishing everyone a great fall and a great fall garden.

The New Part Shade Hummingbird Garden Under Construction

Annie's Annuals Fall Planting Sale

Finally gave up on trying to get the last plants I wanted for my part shade Hummingbird garden from local nurseries and headed to Richmond for Annies sale. Driving through the neighborhood by Annie's made me think of the very definition of rough. I would not want to break down there at night. Arrival at Annie's brought a welcome relief and a comic relief as well. Many people were dressed up in costumes including a "Wizard" and a "Clown". There were free goodies to munch on and 2 lucky people won 15 minutes "Supermarket Sweep" prizes. All the four inch plants were 25% off and I brought home my share. I picked up Hummingbird Sage, Red Monkeyflower, Golden Monkey Flower, Golden Currant, Yellow Snapdragon Bush, Hummingbird Mint, and Starfire Pink Cuphea.
The sale continues to the 17th. They have the best assortment of natives I have seen though I have not been to Cornflower Farms in Elk Grove. My plan was to take lots of pictures to post on here but my wife dropped the camera onto the red crushed granite path after taking the lone picture. She wiped the outside of the telefoto lens off and thought it would be fine to turn off. When the lens retracted it broke the retractable lens cap as granite was still present.

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