The hours drift down through cool, misty mornings into warm bright afternoons. My garden is a patchwork of late bloomers, leafy roots and rich dark earth.
|Helianthus H. x multiflorus ‘Flore Pleno' (probably)|
|nasturtiums having a late surge|
|enough buds for another jar in the window|
I tried something new this year. I had two tomato plants left over so I popped them beside two roses. I'd heard it was good for black spot. Although not a complete eradication it cut back on the damage significantly. In our unusually hot weather all my roses dropped their leaves and stood like skeletons against the fence. When normal weather service resumed the two roses with the tomato buddies sprang back with fresh leaves and new blooms well ahead of the others.
|the scarlet runners are still going strong|
|sun on the blueberry bushes earlier today|
I went to another homesteading workshop last weekend. Seed saving, cheese making and preserving by lacto-fermentation were on the schedule. I proudly brought home a jar of coleslaw. A week at room temperature, the instructor said, before storing somewhere cool. Ha Ha Ha, I'm already dressing in at least four layers to survive the morning chill in the kitchen. One of these days I'm going to give in and light the wood stove.