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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It's Coming to an End

Summer is quickly changing to Fall. It's cold at the 40's. In the evenings we have to wear a jacket. Still hoping for an Indian Summer, but not holding my breath. The flowers are quickly fading away so I've been slowly cleaning out beds. Nick and Lucas picked the peas.

This is only my third summer of gardening and I have so much to learn. This year I grew everything from seed which is a pretty big deal considering I had 1000+ plants that I started in the house in Feb/Mar when our world was still a blanket of snow. Now I've done some research and I am learning to harvest my own seeds. Here I have marigolds drying.

Also, saved some petunia seeds. The snapdragon and nasturtium seeds aren't quite ready.
I cut what few glads I planted to enjoy in the house.

We've had some pretty nice blue skies.

I love that my 4-year old knows how to dead-head petunias. Olivia spends a lot of time in the garden with me learning all she can.

The giant marigolds finally bloomed. My lack of fertilizer really slowed things down. That will not be the case next summer!

The petunias were awesome this summer. The are so easy to grow and take up a lot of room.

I really like the face on the disco marigolds.

I only had one Impatient plant, but plan on growing a wider variety of plants next summer. I really like the Bells of Ireland as well. The are a unique looking flower.

We had better get to eating that lettuce before it freezes!

Much cooler temperatures. Cranes and geese flying south. Gardens dying. School starting. Anyone else see signs of Fall quickly approaching?


Janie said...

Can't believe you're only in your third year of gardening. I thought you were a lifer, with all you grow, and so well!
Beautiful garden.
We had a cold snap recently, near freezing when we camped out in the mountains.
I love fall, though, so I'm not too disappointed.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I just love all of your flower and veggie filled rock bordered beds. You wouldn't know that you've only been gardening for three years.

It would be nice if we got some wonderful fall weather down here, but whatever cool weather we will get won't even start until Oct/Nov.

Enjoy ~ FlowerLady

Lori Skoog said...

You did a great job with the gardens must have worked your butt off.

Speaking of working butts off, nobody here is skinny. Many of our meals are vegetarian...some nights we must have more than 10 different fruits and vegetables. I love to cook and we do eat well.

Snowbird said...

I can't believe that your summer is almost over. I would be soooo depressed! But I have enjoyed your flowers so much. Just wish I could get a whiff of them once in awhile.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I got onto your blog earlier today, then got sidetracked or had to go do something else. I live in Nebraska, zone 5b. I decided this evening that I need to enjoy the season as it is, and not feel bad that fall will be here before I'm ready for it. After reading your post, I should really not feel sorry for myself.

Wow, look at all those lovely flowers you planted from seed! Awesome! I like the look of your beds. That lettuce is pretty, too!

Gennasus said...

Your flowers have been well worth all your hard work. So sad that they'll all be gone so soon. I suppose short summers are the price you pay for living in such a beautiful and wild place.

Jennifer said...

It won't feel like fall here for awhile. Right now we're having the hottest weather we've had all year.
I don't mind fall approaching. Spring and Autumn are my favorite times of the year.
I love your flowers. They are so beautiful.

Unknown said...

Yep-here in Florida the tropical weather is starting to heat up,and we have 3 tropical waves out there.Sure sign of Fall here....

Queen-Size funny bone said...

I can't believe it has gone by so quickly it seems like you just planted and the kids were just in the pool.

anymommy said...

Amazing flowers. Also, if the world ends, I think I want to come and live with you!

Tara said...

Wow, Gayle, it's all so beautiful and SO hard to imagine it's going to be gone soon. I'm from Wisconsin, so you'd think it wouldn't be a shock, but living in WA/TX for the last 6 years has really changed my view of "seasons" I suppose. I have peat pots full of seeds that are DYING because it's TOO HOT. I SO want my fall crops to do well. :(