Six on Saturday-Oct. 27

It’s the FINAL Saturday in October!  What a blink this month was, with a transition from the heat of summer at the first of the month to definite autumnal cool temperatures with frost from mid-month to these final days.  Here’s my “Six”, and I hope you will visit The Propagator to see everyone else’s picks.  Mum Sheffield 1) Mum “Sheffield Hills” is my favorite, adding lots of color outdoors and in bouquets for indoors.  It’s a soft apricot-pink with loads of 2″ daisies.  Extremely hardy and easy to grow.  It blooms now, when all the annuals are browned by frost, so it’s especially appreciated.  2)  Frost brings an end to the annuals, but also for the most part, an end to the insects that have plagued the potager this summer.  Rose  Finally, there are roses without Japanese beetles.  And, 3) solid kale leaves growing without dozens of lacy holes.Kale  Exciting things have happened while I was away painting. Blackberry cuttings 4)  The blackberry cuttings I took to finish the row have all rooted in the former potato pots.  If I get a nice day, I’ll plant them out yet this fall.  The Folk School served a delicious Blackberry French Toast casserole that I hope to duplicate!   Garlic emerging  5) Yesterday’s rain brought up the recently planted garlic, so the 2019 harvest is off to a great start! Bulb space And lastly, the bulb order arrived while I was away, so I’ve been digging the dahlias from the potager’s interior border and planting a variety of bulbs in their space.  Doesn’t look like much now, but just wait until next Spring!

So, that’s my “Six” for the end of October.  It’s going to be harder to come up with interesting items in the coming months, as the gardening season winds down and out, but I’m sure everyone will do their best to be innovative.  And, thankfully, there are folks who are just coming into spring gardens on the other side of the world to keep our spirits up!

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About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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One Response to Six on Saturday-Oct. 27

  1. It snowed in central Maine today, but fortunately it was just a dusting. That French toast casserole sounds absolutely scrummy. Let us know how it turns out.

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