Last Tastes of Summer...








The end-of-season joys in the garden are many. The last roses. The last radishes. Gathering fresh herbs to use up, and keep some to dry. Our hydrangea, planted many years ago, is really coming into a finer shape now, and had the most blooms ever. I almost like the hydrangeas best when their colors are dusky and faded at the end of summer. Autumn-touched leaves are beginning to fall--a few. Our very old apple trees don't produce much fruit anymore, but we have a few this year. We've had a LOT of rain lately. Between rainy days, we're cleaning up the garden, and making it ready for it's time of winter slumber. I'm learning about composting, too--very exciting! 

So tell me, how was your week?! Wishing you all a LOVE-ly weekend now! 








P.S. Just had to share this pretty portrait of our fur-girl from one night this week...





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  1. Pretty Luna! Well done with the harvesting. So far I have some woad frozen but I need more from the new seedlings as soon as they are able. House plants are potted on but not the aubergines yet. It feels like I'm racing the weather to get everything done for Autumn, so I can be inside crafting over Winter. Have you tried bringing hydrangea flowers in to dry? They are so pretty! I promise to take a pic of the oak leaved one now it is getting more established.

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    1. Yes, it does feel like a race against the calendar at this time of you--home & garden to ready for winter. Christmas is coming... So much to think about, do and plan for! I LOVE dried hydrangeas! I've had variable success with drying them, though. They petals always seem to curl not matter what I try. I should give them another go this year! Oooo.. can't wait to see your oak-leaf hydrangea!!

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  2. So glad you showed us sweet Luna. Boy, she got big after her tiny youth! A young lady now!

    Every photo here is so beautiful. All the veggies and herbs and those gorgeous pink blooms. Rick has put in a second planting of spinach, radishes and peas. Meanwhile, my task when I get home from the lake is to start trimming back all the sweet peas and save some seeds to bring here (which I meant to do the other day and forgot), start to clean out pots and (don't laugh) hang lights for the holidays now while it's warm instead of in November which is always a trick! I have harvested most of the hydrangeas from one bush to dry; the other is still coming along so I'll give it a bit of time. They're supposed to go pinkish but I'm not sure that'll happen. Meanwhile, we're at the lake. They were supposed to deliver our trees and mulch and manure yesterday but it hasn't arrived so today we will follow up, clean up brush in the planting areas, buy wood... it's warm up here and I should put on storms but I don't want to. Be sorry next time if I don't!

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    1. Yes, we have a BIG fur-girl here now! Luna's filled out a bit these many months since we've had her. We give her good food, and she LOVES her food! She mooches all the time for extras! We're worried we may have to put her on the diet food soon...haha! Hope all goes well with your deliveries today... and enjoy the last of your Lake Days! :)))

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  3. I wonder if luna has any idea how absolutely beautiful she is.
    I love that she's so little!
    although you might want to sneak in the diet food with her regular food...
    and gradually let it be more and more with the 'good stuff' as a garnish! LOL!
    I read this morning of the world's oldest kitty dying at the age of 30 something.
    amazing. it was in England.
    it's in the 90's here. so very hot for the state fair goers... too hot for me!
    but autumn is around the corner for sure.
    have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Oh, yes, Tammy, Luna knows how beautiful she is... and she knows how to work that beauty. ;) Good idea, with the food! Wow... a 30 year old cat?! That is amazing... I hope we'll have our Luna a looong, long time. Hope the temps ease there soon. It's not fun to be at the fair and cook like a sausage... haha!

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  4. Oh sweet Luna! Love your pictures from your week. Beautiful roses and hydrangeas. I sort of like the end of the season hydrangeas too. Now I am wondering what variety of apple? It almost looks like a Gravenstein. Yummmm!

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    1. Hi, Marilyn! We don't know for sure the variety of our two apple trees. They are well over 100 years old, and thats about all wedo know. In recent years we've not had much fruit, just a few... enough for an apple ceumble or something. The apples aren't quite ready for picking yet was they will become more red & rosy in just a few weeks.

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  5. (I don't think I commented here yet...on this post)... my Husband loved composting! My parents do this as well! Gardens are such blessings!!! God's blessings and love to you this weekend! :)

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    1. I'm very excited to start the composting... the beauty of decay, garden's gold! ;) God bless you too, my friend! ((HUGS))

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  6. Your Fur Girl is adorable; a lovely photo. You took some great photos of the last of your garden and the begining of fall. It just barely turned a little cool in the last couple of days so fall is upon us now. We have an apple tree that really produced. We are hoping to make some apple juice and maybe some sauce. We are also giving some of the apples away because there are too many for us to process this year.
    I think composting is such a great idea. Good earth with good nutrients are need for a really good garden. We will have to work hard next year to have the garden we would like.
    You have been inspiring in this area of expertise.
    May our Heavenly Father shower down rich blessings for you for all you do to help this beautiful earth. Hugs!!

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    1. Oh, you are kind, LeAnn...I'm not sure about any expertise, though! We just try things. We've lived with this house and garden for 12 years now, and often time still feel like new home owners and gardeners! Maybe that's good in a way though, and small successes feel all the sweeter. Your apple juice sounds sooo good! Do you press it, like cider? Haven't tried juicing, or cider making. Apple sauce sounds wonderful too. I have plans making for apple butter soon!

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  7. Ahh lovely Luna. She is so sweet. We have picked all our fruit now and I am scrambling to use it up. Pears, apples, plums and blackberries. I am thinking of making pear/apple sauce and butter. Our hydrangea out front has turned almost scarlet this year. Its so pretty. Love and hugs to you, TJ and little Luna! xoxo

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  8. There is a huge amount of satisfaction from harvesting produce which you have grown yourself. Enjoy the fruits of the season. Marie x

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